My Lomo / by Neil Alexander

My new toy arrived the other day - I want a small film camera that I can carry around in my pocket all the time rather than lugging an entire camera bag and contents. So I got an original Lomo LC-A Kompakt from a guy in Latvia (well I actually though he was in London, but the camera came from Latvia). I have been desperate to get out and use it, so rather than just shoot 1 roll of B&W, get it dev'd and then make sure all is tickety boo with the camera, I shot like a maniac with it, and have just finished fourth roll. Stupidly (with hindsight) I shot 1 B&W & 1 slide, so had to wait nearly a week for it to get processed with being away at the weekend.And the results? One word, disastrous! Collected first 2 rolls of film from DS Colour Labs this afternoon and there are no exposures on either. After getting a detailed lecture on how to load a roll of 35mm from the chappy behind the counter by forwarding the film on for at least 2 frames with the back open to make sure its caught (I used to be able to get at least 39 out of a 36 with my old OM10), it became apparent to us both that the shutter is not opeing. I have emailed my Cockney Latvian friend, and have not yet left any feedback yet (I was waiting for the film to be processed before I did that), so watch this space...... Disappointed.