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When is a photo a Lomograph

I am coming up with some tough questions recently

Well, as I now discovered a Ricoh Kr-10X that was given to me for christmas (thanks again for the surprise) and left in Germany while I had been to the Netherlands for almost 4 months I question myself:
is it Lomography that I am doing with that camera?
and what to do you need to call a photo a lomograph (or lomographic picture)???
So is it using the ten golden rules of Lomography that let any picture become a lomograph? I would have the problem that rule 10 is saying to forget all the rules, so EVERYBODY in the whole wide world would be a Lomographer.
Is every analogue photo a lomograph?
Can a digital picture also be a lomograph (I remember the discussion we had for the Wrangler competition Winner Announcement a while back seeing the shot was taken with an iPhone)?
Is it the spirit?
Is it being analogue?
Is it thinking analogue?
Is it a desiscion (today I am a lomographer and tomorrow I shoot digital?)

There are some analogue shots I took before knowing Lomography. Are they lomographs?

written by mephisto19

51 comments

  1. xxxanderrr

    xxxanderrr

    In my opinion, lomography is about being experimental in all ways possible.
    The thing is .. I'm having the same "problem" - I shoot with mainly a Lubitel and an old Konica SLR, and that after shooting digital (mainly landscape photography) for a couple of years. So basically I still follow the rules of "real" photography (composition, rule of thirds, perfect exposures etc).
    Do I consider them lomographs in that case?
    I guess I do, I just put a twist on them: lomographs with thought / planned lomographs.

    I guess you could also distinguish between lomo-snapshots and "real" lomographs - pictures with planned out composition etc

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  2. disasterarea

    disasterarea

    In my opinion Lomography is being creative with analogue film and cameras with a "care-free / shoot and see what happens" attitude.

    However, Lomography should never be an excuse for bad photography. ;)

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  3. neja

    neja

    I have Digital Rigoh :) but of corse I don't submit its shot here

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  4. neja

    neja

    p.s. although I don't agree that every analogue picture is lomography (because I started back in 2002 then the rules were strict), nowadays it seems that its true. I came in terms to accept it. after all, Lomography saves film and all the rest

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  5. neja

    neja

    p.p.s. yes, this is what I do- shot mostly film, but sometimes shot digital

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  6. neja

    neja

    last thing- digital can never be lomograph! no !!!!! Iphone users, go home

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  7. eva_eva

    eva_eva

    interesting. anyway, to me, lomographs are those taken by an analogue cameras, with the lomo spirit - dont think just shoot. i personally doesn't feel analogue SLR consist such spirit but its analogue pictures anyway.

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  8. nural

    nural

    This is tough! I mean, I do usually use lomography cameras but sometimes a shot I took with my LC-A is not experimental at all... so then is it not a lomograph? If we say "future is analogue" then I think it should not be a question with what camera it was shot with, or did it follow the 10 rules.. I use lomography mostly as a synonym for analogue photography, so then anything I shoot is basically a lomograph, although some are more so, with increased experimentation!
    I guess you can say I am confused!

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  9. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    interesting question! i think a lomograph is (and will always be) an open concept, same as art or photography in general. we, the lomographers, are the ones who define it. it will always be relative, and debatable. there's really no singular definition. personally speaking, the “hit or miss” aspect of a lomograph makes it different from other photographs. it is a creation of something that is not an exact science. i would also like to think lomography is film photography for everybody, because you often forget about the technicalities. and i agree with @neja, there's no way a digital shot can be a lomograph, never! because it violates the core of lomography as "a community for creative and experimental ANALOGUE film photography," a description that can also be subject for debate. what exactly is creative? or experimental?

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  10. disasterarea

    disasterarea

    @antibiotyx great response!

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  11. neja

    neja

    I worked at photo lab, I know what is not creative for sure: grandmas snapping their grandchildren, with half of the lens covered by their fingers; or tourists taking pics of landmarks through the bus windows; or people taking pictures of drunk party around the table, with vodka bottle obstructing everything.
    Creative means you pay attention to what you photograph, one way or another.

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  12. robinansell

    robinansell

    Being a lomographer is a state of mind.

    I think that it is having an open mind to all ways of creating images. Rule 10 really expresses that but it is just my interpretation.

    If people are moved in some way by an image that is captured, then for me that sums up the spirit of analogue (whether it is digital or analogue).

    I dislike the current trend that implies biggest / most expensive is best but I also resist against peer pressure to get "must have" things, like I really want a Horizon Perfekt and an LCA+ but I have 20 film cameras already and they all take pretty good pictures, so that leads us to the question do we need to have a lomo camera to produce lomo pictures, personally, if that was the case I would not be happy.

    I think you have to have creative vision and be willing to rejoice in other people's vision, all of us have different tastes and ways of seeing.

    If the results say something to your heart, soul, and intellect, then it must be a positive thing.

    But what do I know.

    And if I am so damn smart, why ain't I rich...

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  13. xxxanderrr

    xxxanderrr

    @antybiotyx: partly disagree. "open concept"? We define it?
    It's already defined. Imperfection, cheap, light leaks, wrong chemicals. That is what defines lomo. W just take the imperfections further, but all in all LOMOGRAPHY is pretty pre-defined.

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  14. mythguy9

    mythguy9

    Lomography could be a movement, I guess. It is the fuel for all of your discussions above, the fuel for us to search for the truth and fun.

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  15. shoujoai

    shoujoai

    we had this discussion already in german in the Lomoforum... there was the result, that Lomography is just the pictures that are taken with Lomo cameras. All the other pictures are "lomo style".
    For me I think that all kind of experimentation is somehow lomography. I also took a Kodachrome64 in a Canon EOS, which is a very good film in a very good camera - but I published the pictures here anyway. Because we all like all kind of analogue cameras and all kind of films ^_^

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  16. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    @xxxanderrr if it's already defined, then why we need to ask this question - "when is a photo a lomograph?" in the first place? ;)

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  17. pangmark

    pangmark

    Good points all of you. I think (personally) that it should be with a Lomo style camera. Meaning similar features, advantages and disadvantages. I got into it cos I liked they idea of creating beautiful pictures with a toy that costs a fraction of the price of my friends cameras. My eos i could give to a horse and he'd take good photos. Infact i deleted my eos pics cos i thought it was cheating. Now i think the "perfect" image is boring. Also I like having to go closer to the subject cos i only have one lens and i've experienced things i would have missed if i had a big lens. To cap it off, I never had any positive accidental art with the eos and i kind of new what i'd get from the lab. My Holga really is a box of chocolates!

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  18. domemerson

    domemerson

    I tought about this too.
    And here is my opinion:
    - first: lomography is in essence (in the begining at last) experimental photography
    -second: lomography is a powerfull and global hallmark

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  19. disasterarea

    disasterarea

    @pangmark I think to get those "accidental art" style Lomographic pictures with an SLR, it has to be one from the 70's or earlier with manual focus and multi-exposure. Canon EOS's have to many automatic functions for my liking.

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  20. brommi

    brommi

    I think if you do experiments with your ricoh (and I think/know that you do this) it's lomography! (If the ricoh is the camera I hold in the car on the lomowalk ) you can do a lot of things by your own with the exposure-time and the aperture (blendenöffnung =D ) and I think this is lomo!!

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  21. maelstrom

    maelstrom

    @xxxanderrr A photograph can never be defined, neither as an object nor as a concept. And as Roland Barthes would argue, since every image bares a different sentimental gravitas for each one of us, every photo tells a different story to different people. Always. Even with identical light leaks, vignetting et al.

    Considering all the above, I agree with disasterarea and antibiotyx in every word. Moreover, I would add that although I find all 'fake lomo' apps far more intriguing than photoshop, the question leads us again to the mother of all debates: Analogue vs Digital. iPhone (or any digitally manipulated photo through photoshop) cannot be considered lomographic since it gives us control over the outcome. In the analogue world, creation is usually prepared (you take care of the film, shutter speed, etc - and as we Lomographers know, not even all these) and not looked after. Analogue world is a hands on world, that allows you to feel more, to pay more attention. And because you do, you also tend to love more and you become precious about it.

    The Analogue vs Digital debate is something like the Home-Cooked meal vs the Fast Food one. Through the years, we all have betrayed our mother's food for the 'tasty','fancy' and fast fast food (terms applicable to iphone photography too). But as we grow up and realise the world around us better, we will always, subconsciously, try to return to the initial tastes we were exposed as children, an age when we were unshattered, innocent and complete. A world of creation out love (because you are always unique in your mother's eyes) against mass-production.

    At least I see it this way.

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  22. adrienne-is

    adrienne-is

    I recently uncovered 23 sheets of negatives in a box full of photos tucked away in a trunk. All of these negatives dated back to a period between 2000-2003 before I was actively using Lomography concepts (golden rules) and cameras. Taking a look at almost all the negatives I debated whether I should scan them in and post them here on Lomography.com. Although they were all shot with film on an old analogue Canon camera they should be considered Lomographic works, but for me they just didn't feel so. I only uploaded 4 of the 23 sheets of negatives simply because they were vacation photos which I liked very much. You can see the albums here:

    http://www.lomograph(…)y-madrid-02
    http://www.lomograph(…)on-ibiza-02

    Now, for me, a photograph becomes Lomographic when some of the 10 Golden Rules are involved. When creativity and carelessness collide in a fun-filled day snapping away with my Supersampler. The odd glances gained from on-lookers watching me playfully framing a shot from a plastic blue box and no view finder. It's the twisting movement of my wrist as I work to jumble and tumble images. I don't necessarily want them in focus. I don't necessarily care. It's not only the artistic endeavor, but the memories of making artful memories that make my photos feel like Lomographic pieces. Photos so over exposed or under exposed which make me second-guess my feelings on them or those with extreme light leaks also qualify as Lomographic photos. I'm nowhere near some of the experimentalist shooters here on the site, but I do long to get there. If my work somehow fails me in the process, I'll try again until I've become mad with achieving the best unexpected results.

    When I look at my own photos and photos from other Lomographers on the site I'm looking for a feeling: disappointment, amusement, lust, love, wonder, curiosity and more. If I discover the photographer's true feelings during my viewing pleasure that photo is then Lomographic.

    Some of my favorite Lomo works:

    http://www.lomograph(…)of-jambiani
    http://www.lomograph(…)-kenya-xpro
    http://www.lomograph(…)onto-island

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  23. schommsen

    schommsen

    i think lomography isn't anything you can define. you have to feel it. you have to feel good with it. in my opinion every photograph which is not manipultated could be a lomograph. but i think lomographs should be analog because the origins of lomography are analog. i think you have to decide for yourself. but digitaly manipulated photographs which imitate the look of an holga photograph are definitely no lomographs!!!

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  24. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    Haha.. you raised an interesting yet important question. And so many people have a hot discussion here. That is great and that is also our lomo spirit: we are the open minded people who like to think. Lomographers are not "just shoot " incorrect photos. We are really serious about concept and like to explore every possibilities. .... <:)

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  25. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    i read "holga" and "only lomo cameras"
    hmmm... IS the holga a lomo camera? or what is considered as lomo camera? is it like champagne? so you may only call photos taken with an original lomo camera lomo? and what about cameras produced by lomography? wouldn't there be three things needed to devide it:
    lomographic shot
    lomography shot
    lomo like shot
    ???????

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  26. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    i read "holga" and "only lomo cameras"
    hmmm... IS the holga a lomo camera? or what is considered as lomo camera? is it like champagne? so you may only call photos taken with an original lomo camera lomo? and what about cameras produced by lomography? wouldn't there be three things needed to devide it:
    lomographic shot
    lomography shot
    lomo like shot
    ???????

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  27. joe_defenestrates

    joe_defenestrates

    When I think of lomography, there are certain characteristics that come to mind; soft images, possible vignetting, super saturated colors, and a spirit that reflects that the joy is in taking the photo and less in manipulating the outcome. When I shoot with my Holga, I consider it more of a collaboration with my (magical) camera. Does that mean that a plastic lens is a requirement for a photo to be lomo? Is my Bentley BX-3 a lomo camera?

    The more I delve into photography (I'm newbie), the more I realize different styles have their own purposes. When I shoot for the blog I'm working on, I plan to use lomographic cameras because they reflect the dream-like state that I'm intending to convey, whereas my wall hangers will be shot with my Mamiya 645. I believe that's the difference between a lomographic shot and general photography.

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  28. istionojr

    istionojr

    someday it'll be.

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  29. crocodil_fotografic

    crocodil_fotografic

    You keep debating digital versus analog in the discussion about lomography. The thing is... lomography.com itself is selling in their shop lenses adapted for digital cameras. They would think digital cameras can create lomo pictures, otherwise why would they cater to this entire market of digital photographers?
    Yet, from the above discussion, there is the sense that seeing digital pictures would spoil it for everyone around here. That all digital photos should be banned from lomography.com
    It's all a matter of marketing really.
    You defend the concept of lomography out of sentimental reasons, but the powers that be do not share your view in particular.
    The concept of lomography was not created for the better good of humanity, but for profit. IF it ends up doing some good in the process, then thats's peachy!

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  30. allred

    allred

    Sure, they can sell lenses for digital cameras, but that doesn't mean it's lomo. Lomo means more than just the lens. It's the way the light interacts with the film. It has such a deeper meaning than digital, where the light just hits a sensor. Film is an open canvas, where a sensor can only do so much. And to the debate about the cameras, I took this: http://www.lomography.com/homes/allred/photos/12528815 with a Zenza Bronica ETRSi, from what I've gathered from my parents who bought it years ago, it is a semi professional camera. But if I can get this out of it, I believe that this is a lomograph. It would be as if two jazz artists both composed a song. One used a computer and a midi keyboard to create the song. It can sound just like a jazz song, follow every rule of a jazz song, but it can't be appreciated. The other person can make a song using an unconventional instrument, such as an oboe, and having it solo over the band. The second artist can actually be appreciated. It may not have a perfect jazz sound, but it doesn't need to be perfect, it is the artists own style. You can use a digital camera and be able to edit a picture until it has the perfect lomo look, but it won't be appreciated as much. It doesn't show that you know anything about art, just that you can do some stuff in photoshop. On the other hand, you can take a picture with any film camera and experiment in any way, and as long as it is film (and you don't edit it afterwards), it is a lomograph. In short, Lomography is the manipulation of light (not electronic signals) to form the unseen, from only what you can see.
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  31. lereile

    lereile

    it is an interesting debate, but i really don't care about what it IS a lomograph or just photograph. i take photos because i need to, because i fell pleasure doing so. i get nervous when i go to collect them at the lab, i get emotional when somethig forgotten shows up. when a magical accident occurs. i don't care if it's called lomograph, or if it was taken by any rule. i just want to keep on enjoying the pleasure of taking ohotos and discovering them, afterwards. with a zenit, with a lca, or from my dad's old experienced slr. it's not about the camera, it's about enjoying, amateuring! and defenitely, it's not about collecting lomography cameras.

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  32. schemerel

    schemerel

    I also interpret lomography as trying to get the best possible image for the least possible amount of money (by developing film yourself, scanning negatives, etc) kind of a diy feeling. (But maybe thats not a lomo thing at all and it's just because the economy is bad ? - or maybe a little bit of both)
    Anyway, I came across an article where this person slightely over exposed his negative and he explains how he adjusts this a little bit in his negative-scanning program, with the empathis on the 'negative scanning program', because, if he would do the exact same thing in, lets say, photoshop, it wouldn't be lomo anymore ? Anyway, this got me thinking, but I have no conclusion yet. There's a thin line I think between 'making it work' and completely changing an image digitally I guess.
    Another thing I was thinking, if I take pictures with a digital camera that is like 10 yrs old, it would be pretty lo-fi, wouldn't it ? Could that be a digital version of lomo ? Or is that stretching it too far ?

    This negative was completely over exposes, but I liked the atmosphere of the picture, so I adjusted it a bit in photosop. Any thoughts ? Anyone want to shoot me now ? :)
    http://www.lomograph(…)os/12989112

    great topic btw ! and excuse my poor english

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  33. pepper-b

    pepper-b

    Hello everybody :)
    I think it's the spirit, creativity, experimentation, diy analogue photography.
    I can't agree with "don't think just shoot" rule all the time.
    I actually enjoy thinking about photography. And I don't worry if I shoot with an LC-A or with an SLR. Different cameras, different lenses, different results...I don't want to be narrowed towards one direction only...and I just call them photos :) photographs
    A Yashica Mat is not a Lomo camera, it's a twin lens reflex....so..why not shoot with a Yashica FX-3, pretty much the same as a KR-10...just because a TLR looks vintage and cool?
    I like your SLR shots Stephan, I see them as photos, just like I see your other photos shot with other cameras. I think Lomography is a way to gather people who share similar tastes and points of view on analogue photography. I don't think this is like Cubism or Impressionism or any other art movement that needs to follow strict rules. We should be free to create :)

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  34. kylethefrench

    kylethefrench

    you went to the netherlands for four months? saucy boy... the level of unknown is what makes a lomo, digital instant knowledge of what pic you just took disqualifies, also super automatic film cameras can or cannot produce a lomo shot depending on what you do with it, double exposures, pushes, weird processing all make it possible... I say home made cameras and super old cameras, and self modified cameras are the best for lomo because it puts the unknown and the experiment together, also I really really like the cheapest cam possible, like 1 dollar

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  35. lightblue

    lightblue

    i agree with @disasterarea. And i think lomography is allways photography. But lomo is mainly about 2 things: love for the old analogue + freedom. We have many people here that take really GOOD shots. Some of us don't have any technical knowledge... But all the pictures are valued. On lomography we are free to take any kind of photo. Since we share the love from analogue and have fun! This is a really open mind community. :)

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  36. 0live

    0live

    @mephisto19: thanks for raising the question and spurring this dialogue! I think the discussion here is evidence of the passion in lomography, no matter the view. the way I see it, lomography is a brand that we can use to express that passion... because the passion is something much, much greater than we are ourselves. I wrote a blog about it, check it out http://www.lomograph(…)s-manifesto

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  37. disasterarea

    disasterarea

    My response to what is a Lomograph was deliberately short and general because for us to be creative it is important for us not to get obsessed with rules and "what is a lomograph" (see rule #10). If not we will end up thinking too much about the look of shots we are creating, rather than developing our own personal styles.

    So just go crazy with your analogue cameras and enjoy documenting the world in your own unique personal way.

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  38. laurasulilly

    laurasulilly

    I guess a lot orf people will not like what I am going to say, but Lomography is a brand advertised, e.g. on this community website. In order to advertise the brand and the connected lo-fi analogue cameras, films, etc. to sell as high-end articles, Lomography came up with the "10 golden rules" and other stuff. SO basically, it's just a PR thing- a trademark- and lomographs are pictures taken with a camera of the brand Lomography. Analogue SLRs aren't lomography, because Lomography doesn't produce analogue SLRs (as far as I know). HOWEVER, I wouldn't call my analogue Minolta pics "Minoltas" (according to what I just said about Lomography), so there's a little more to it, I guess. And that's where all you guys and your above stated opinions about Lomography come in- because although I think Lomography is basically a brand which uses a PR campaign for selling cameras, we as the ones who use the cameras aren't PR campaigners or so, but people who enjoy lo-fi photography and use the cameras and this community for pursuing our passion of lo-fi photography. That's what I think...

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  39. schemerel

    schemerel

    A name has to come from somewhere, right ? Here in Belgium most of us call every kind of camera a 'Kodak',even if it's an olympus. The movement started out with people shooting from the hip with a lomocamera thus started calling it 'lomography'. I do agree that it is a brand and it involves a lot of pr and what not, and these lo-fi camera's aren't cheap. But then again, everyone has to find a way to make money, and they just found a really good way to do that, I guess.
    Anyway, lomography is indeed a very succesful brand, and it's kind of hip now, but I think Not buying a product, even though you love the results, just because you don't want to be like everyone else, and you want te be 'different' is just as stupid as buying something cool just because it is considered cool.
    (I'm not saying you are saying that, this is just a general frustration) I'm taking an analogue photography class and my teacher makes fun of my diana mini, but if I would have only used my SLR, I wouldn't have taken nearly as many photos as I have now, and I wouldn't have enjoyed myself as much either.

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  40. jet

    jet

    I think that everithing that we do, without rules or limitations must be considered as lomo, instead the type of camera do you use (maybe analog or digital, or a cell cam). The spirit of this kind of photography is above all, as someone said before, lomography is a State of Mind!!!

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  41. carmenism

    carmenism

    Wow, since when are SLR cameras not good enough (or too good) for Lomography? I know the idea is to be experimental and creative; for some of us, an SLR delivers that experience. I only ever got the chance to use a few disposable cameras as a child and so essentially all analogue photography is new to me. If I ever decide I have mastered the use my parents' old SLR (whatever that would mean), does that mean I should stop using it? Would it be unacceptable to call my photos lomographic at that point? Even if I used Lomography-brand film?

    I guess it's your opinion, but I would say no. It's just getting too snobbish and narrow-minded to restrict ourselves to only Lomography cameras. I love Lomography just as much as the rest of you, but they ask for a lot in their shop. Part of Lomography, to me, is getting awesome results without spending too much money, which I would say is difficult money-wise if you allow yourself to only use Lomography cameras. Sure, you can use piggies, but you need pictures in the first place to earn piggies and piggies take a while to accumulate if you aren't some Lomography celebrity already.

    Lomography is a great idea, movement, art form, etc... But it is also a business. Keep that in mind, people. Sure, they've done loads of great research and development and they have provided this wonderful online community at which we are gathered now. Just don't allow yourself to become so obsessed with the brand. As an artist, I would like to think of myself as more than a consumer. But since I cannot produce my own film and cameras, I have to be the consumer of cameras and film. So then, do I really want to consume from only one place? From a company that has existed for a small fraction in the span of all photography? Not really... If someone where to give me the choice between a classic SLR and ANY Lomography-built camera, what would I choose? Without a doubt, the SLR. No offense, Lomography, but I learned my lesson from the Diana Mini, which was so expensive and gets film jammed in it all of the time.

    So anyway, Lomography, I hope you don't censor this. I love you, but I do need to remind myself that you're a business. You're business with a great vision, but a business nonetheless. I appreciate the piggies I have received from you, which was much less than what I have spent in your store over time, still I treasured each one. But back to the original topic , I will continue to shoot pictures with my parents' old SLR because I am enjoying it (which I thought was the purpose of this), I'm learning, I'm experimenting, and also I never even once considered that posting pictures taken with an SLR is sinful.

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  42. carmenism

    carmenism

    Also, I know I just wrote an essay, but a closing thought: fellow photographers, realize this may be one of the few art movements ever that has its name from a licensed brand. There was was no company called "Impressionism" when the Impressionists were making waves in the art world. If there had been, then I am pretty sure the Impressionists would have found some kind of fundamental issue with aligning with it. With that said, I love Lomography and I love using it as a fun place to convene and as a resource. But it is not my only resource! Whatever place offers the cheapest film or camera prices gets my business - sometimes that is Lomography; sometimes it is not. So, my fellow artists, don't be picky. I am to produce art with analogue photography. If it is experimental or avant-garde enough to be called lomography by this community, then great! If not, well... I am only here to develop myself as an artist, so that wouldn't matter.

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  43. neurodiaz

    neurodiaz

    Lomography is forget digital cameras and go analogue, that's it.

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  44. neurodiaz

    neurodiaz

    Lomography is forget digital cameras and go analogue, that's it.

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  45. vicuna

    vicuna

    I think lomography is a spirit, a state of mind when shooting analogue. Whatever camera you use, a Lomography camera, a Holga, an old SLR (I have the Ricoh KR 10S as well ;), the important thing is analogue and an open creative mind. It's not against Digital, because it is simply different from that and has it's own universe. And digital can creat great pictures as well but of a different kind. I'm not using any digital cam as it doesn't really interest me, it's boring and only analogue gives me the chance to express myself like I want and having fun, and that's all I love about lomography... :)

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  46. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Lomography is just the state of mind to explore whatever and take a picture. Whatever the picture is, if it pleases you, it's a Lomograph. Film just works best for this, because it shows more. LSI is the capitalist venture that supports all this. I'll take photos with whatever I've got, but I like film best. I have lots of old cameras that all work great.

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  47. titidvivant

    titidvivant

    Great discussion, I have put some photos on my lomohome that I don't think are particularly lomographic, but more appropriate for a flickr stream. I think the line between the two is blurry and the barrier is porous. There is something about freedom, experimentation, quirkiness, and free-spirited fun that I put in the lomographic camp. Analog is definitely a requirement! I would say that ANY analog camera can make a lomograph, but I agree that some don't really lend themselves as easily (super-automatics with zoom lenses, big newer film SLRs with a million features). Ultimately, some of my photographs I would consider lomographs, but not all of them.

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  48. wonderdude

    wonderdude

    Lomograph = artistic film photograph

    What is "artistic?" Well, I know it when I see it :)

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  49. rake

    rake

    I think it qualifies as a lomograph if:
    A) It captures something on the film that was not the intention of the shot
    B) When you take a picture and you forget the camera's not part of your body.

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  50. superlighter

    superlighter

    lomograph is a photo taken with a Lomo LC-A. what else?

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  51. stouf

    stouf

    I don't know what it is, I feel it.

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