Lomography continue to introduce new film emulsions – great news for photographers that like to work with analogue film materials. By coincidence, a friend loaned me a very nice Rolleiflex TLR (twin lens reflex) camera, dating from the 1950's. These older cameras can be tricky to load and use, the Rollei in particular having a metal roller, under which the film is loaded, in order to move through the camera correctly.
Once loaded, the camera is a joy to use. Much smaller than a Single Lens Reflex medium format camera (like a Hasselblad or Mamiya RB67), it sits beautifully in the hand. What makes the TLR so unique, is the viewing which is done a chest level, giving a unique perspective. The image on the viewing screen is laterally reversed, which messes with your brain at first! Move left to go right and vice versa.
The results with the Lomo purple film are fabulous: foliage becomes a rich purple; blues shift to green and all in a wonderfully unpredictable fashion. The beauty of working with film is the delayed joy in seeing your photographs (real ones!), many days after you made them.
Great fun, highly recommended.