I’m a huge fan of my Lomo’instant but I usually forget about it until the leaves turn. This was taken forever ago near Lake Morey.

Things to know:

  • The Lomo’Instant has a super wide lens that can look amazing with trees and fall foliage but may make your friends look ugly.
  • Ugly friends are better known as acquaintances.
  • For maximum fun treat the Lomo’Instax like a vintage box camera or brownie.
  • Instax Monochrome was built for this camera.

Belair Blues

10,000 years ago I bought a Lomography Belair because I was crazy and/or I wanted to put an Instax back on it. I don’t remember. I bought it used on eBay and it arrived DOA but Lomography agreed to fix it for me. I think I shot one roll with it before getting tired of it. This is one of the few photos I took with it. I think I developed the roll myself which is why it looks so horrible.

Things to know:

  • The Lomography Belair is a melange of various analog signifiers forged from the cheapest plastic one can imagine.
  • I test almost all of my cameras at that waterfall because I’m lazy and don’t want to drive very far.
  • I think this was that super cheap Chinese film.
  • I probably developed this in Rodinal because it never goes bad.

Cheese Grater

Last year, on my way to Montreal for Thanksgiving I spent the majority of my drive listening to NHPR’s excellent Outside/In podcast about the history of Hydro Quebec. I just happened to be staying in this magnificent cheese grater which was the first Montreal skyscraper designed by a francophone Canadian. Needless to say, I was a master in my own hotel room.

Things to know:

  • I may have bribed my way up 9 floors with a $9 bag of Lindt chocolate.
  • It is really easy to get in and out of the city.
  • The elevator to the Bonaventure metro station is elegantly retro.
  • The Provigo by the Bell Centre is nicer than the Desjardins IGA.