Barcelona Photoblog: My Vintage Camera - Check AbsolutLomo Contest!

Monday, January 29, 2007

My Vintage Camera - Check AbsolutLomo Contest!

Vintage Camera Voigtländer Brillant

What is it with old things that they are so attractive to us after all these years? Why is retro in?. Why are vintage cameras so cool, like this rusty German Voigtländer V6 I treasure? Or why are old "communist" Russian cameras so in fashion now. 

I'm in my forties fifties and I always catch up late with the latest trends, but there's one that has come around here to stay and I go nuts about: Lomography

How many times haven't you heard - "Hey, Russian cameras are rather ugly but their optics are state-of-the-art". So this is not something new. Now our kids are going to start telling us about Holgas, Zenits, Kievs or Horizons...wait a minute, I already knew that! I already liked the typical old washed out look or had a knack for those fisheye cameras!. 

And now you wonder, why do I tell you all this?. Well, it happens that I frequently visit this web called Absolut Lomo featuring a wonderful gallery in Sweden where artists pin their lomo pictures on a wall and you can zoom in till you see each and every single lomo image at will. After one of those visits I have been invited to host a CONTEST!, yes, really!. Let me give you some details, first I give you the, "What do I get?": You get a totally free lomo camera, a Holga, and there are no minor details, no tricks, the bad news is I can only choose one winner among you but if you are not the "chosen one" you still have your wonderful lomo work hanging on the gallery wall so there is nothing to lose. It is a new kind of contest organized by Absolut Lomo (yes the same Absolut in the famous brand you all know). 

Now I give you the "What should I do?": you only have to enter Absolut Lomo, register for free, go to the "Submit to Lomo" section and upload your shot, then, and this is important so I can choose!, you send me the link to your lomo picture on the wall. That's it, and in just two short weeks any of you will be the lucky one. I send them my final veredict and they send you the camera. With a present like this who can resist to Lomography, a passionate hobby.

Update: This contest is no longer valid. And the website Absolut Lomo no longer exists. The Voigtländer though is still with me as well as the Holga which I eventually use for my Lomo photography.


  1. Anonymous5:18 PM

    enjoy the camera...
    had you visit the lomo shop?...interesting objects and things...

  2. Oh thanks for your best wishes. I had been around there too. It is a good choice if you are interested of course. You can send me your pictures, perhaps you win a camera...cause now I have two to choose two winners...

  3. ca c'est de la bombasse cet appareils...

  4. Anonymous6:07 PM

    I like old things too, Carlos, although I can't explain it either. This photo, for instance, really gets me going!

    But everything in the post is new, new, new . . .to me! Thanks for the introduction. Now I'll probably hear about lomography and Russian cameras everywhere.

  5. -I am sure you will hear about lomography a lot from now on. I watched something on tv about it while I was writing the post the day before yesterday. Thanks for your visit Ruth.

    -Merci beaucoup Terra Vechia pour tes mots.

  6. I didn't know a thing about this... maybe I'm too young... :S

    Es broma, te quedó la foto genial, me encanta la textura, la hebilla...mmm el olor a cuero... genial!

  7. What a nice photo of your vintage.
    I love those old equipment, it just something different from today's plastic cameras.

  8. Anonymous9:03 AM

    I'm not quite sure what your contest is about, but I wanted to let you know that I *really* like this photo. The camera is gorgeous! (but you knew that)

  9. -Hi Dsole, happy 25! Congrats on your Biochemistry degree (tough subject!). Don't worry about lomography, there is always a first time. Now you know it, :) Thanks for coming.
    -You bet ben, quite different, it is amazing they still function and sometimes give some good shots.
    -I appreciate that you like it too but it is "MY treasure",:). As to the contest, is simple, if you can photograph with any kind of lomo camera, you send your image, I might select it as the winner and you get a better camera. It is a promotional campaign for the site which is quite nice already. I know it really works cause I already got my camera, so why not trying?. I don't get a dime for this, just a similar camera for acting as jury in the contest, your visits and the chance of talking about new trends in photography which is my hobby. Thanks for the interest Susan, it has really helped me make my point.

  10. Anonymous7:34 PM

    Hola Carlos! Soy Maria Nolla, a la que le montaste el armario. Joana me ha comentado que había colgada la foto de la cámara antigua. ES preciosa! Felicidades! Además es mi debut en un blog. No se muy bien como funciona eso pero creo que conseguiré que te llegue el mensaje.
    Un beso y felicidades de nuevo

  11. Hola Carlos,
    Estupenda la fotografía de esta veterana cámara fotográfica. Gracias por publicarla.

    Tengo una casi igual, herencia de mi padre, puedes verla en mis fotos en flickr: Voigtländer Brillant

  12. Nice camera. I saw one at a flea market when I went to Barcelona a long time ago. I didn't buy it.

  13. What a beautiful photo!

  14. I have one like that too
    here is a photo of it:


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