A year ago, I re-entered the world of film photography using lomo cameras and it grew into the toy and vintage camera obsession I now have with capturing contemporary images in a new medium.
Not only have I shot using lomo cameras, but I have learned how to utilize the right films for cross processing, learned how to develop black and white film at home, and embraced manual format photography in this world of digital using the 10 Golden Rules. I have tried to make my photographs more interesting and unique using these methods.
I get excited looking at other’s work and seeing what others come up with during these rumbles and contests. But lately, what I see now is a big popularity contest instead of having actual judges look at our work, especially when it comes to rumbles. I would like to win a rumble based on the quality and uniqueness of my photo, not because I got 200 “likes” from phantom lomohome accounts. This is not the way the art world works. And if LSI wants their philosophy to be taken seriously, it will depend on more than just slick marketing methods and popularity contests to get there. How can I be inspired to do some of the beautiful work I see here only to realize it will get buried inside my lomohome unless I 1) spam the shoutbox, which I hate to do, or 2) troll articles and tipsters just to get my name out there. It seems like a self defeating purpose and not artful at all, but political.
There are those out there that may not agree with me, but I bet there are a lot that do and don’t want to speak up about it. But we must have a dialogue about where we want lomography to go. I think LSI should send out some feedback forms asking us, the users, how we envision lomography as an art form and where we should go from here. I mean, the future IS analogue, so why not let us be part of a democratic process to take us beyond where we are now?