A homage to Lakandula and his photographic genius
Around four years ago, I discovered lomography by way of the Diana Mini camera and the invitation in the booklet to post photos to this site called Lomography. What I did was not to post photos right off bat but to check photos on the site.
One lomographer that really got me inspired was lakandula. I was totally in awe when I saw his work. The colors, the mixtures, the subjects, the energy, the experiments, the passion, the life…..His work was out of this world, something I haven’t seen before. The pop of colors were magnificent! His doubles/triples work with the supersampler was just phenomenal. His self portraits are so original, colorful and unpretentious. His colorful street scenes and festival scenes are some of the best I’ve seen here in the site. Sometimes I feel like he is doing somewhat a social commentary about the Philippines but most of the time I think he just loved to shoot. Shooting whatever interested him. That is pure passion for the craft.
We would message each other before. He was always nice to me and would always tell me how I am doing a nice job by taking a lot of photographs. He was always encouraging and humble . I dreamt of shooting with him when I visit the motherland again. Maybe he can teach me tricks on shooting those magical doubles/triples which I am somewhat afraid to even try. But sad to say, that lomowalk will never happen.
And though my style of shooting evolved differently, I still look up to lakandula for inspiration at times. His later works would make me wonder “How did he do that?” or “How did he even think of that?”. I was always in awe.
That despite the crazy consumerism happening here in lomography ( who needs all those la sardina cameras by the way? and those new piggy rules) , I stay on and will continue to stay on because of the community and people like lakandula who loves and are passionate about the craft of analogue photography.
His passing away is such sad news. Marisa (b0rn2b1ush) woke me up today with this news. At first I thought it was a bad dream. I am still so shocked. Lakan will be missed. Lomography will never be the same again without him.
I will quote what Marisa said earlier…“I’m sure he is shooting doubles with the greats and legends who preceded him in heaven”….
I’m sure of that. Rest in Peace dear lakandula.
Here are some photos that I picked in the last 5 hours from lakandula’s home. It was hard going through the thousands and thousands of lomographs in his lomohome. And harder more was choosing what to post here. I know I missed a lot of great ones so I plan to do a feature of his festivals work later. These are mostly random works of the great lakandula.
Some of his fun, colorful, creative, unpretentious self portraits. The first one in the set and some similar to it are his later self portraits which are somewhat of a collage/mache of him and some world landmarks. Super creative.
Some of his doubles/triples work with different cameras. Just genius work I think. I will miss his homage to different artists, Hollywood greats, fashion, movies, etc.
I also love the photos he took of his niece Ayana. Very creative lomographs and he even did a series of her for the Prophecies competition. Here are some photos of Ayana…
I also love his street work and portraits of people in the street, strangers, friends. Sometimes there is a story or a commentary about Philippine society. But mostly I think he just wanted to shoot what he sees, what surrounds him, the life around him. And that is street shooting at it’s core.
Thank you for these beautiful images. Thank you for sharing all these with us. We will miss you.
Rest in Peace Lakan.