What does Lomography mean to YOU?

These answers can be philosophical, artistic, creative, anything you want! Feel free to cut and paste these questions for your own blogs for fun! Here is my attempt at some answers.

1) In your own words, what is Lomography?

Lomography to me is a fun and relaxing way to document our daily lives using all kinds of low budget/plastic/antique analogue film cameras and quirky, out of the box processing techniques. We already have so much digital to rely on for other things, why not be surprised with the results once in a while, and learn a bit about how things “used to be done?”

2) What meaning does Lomography hold for you in your life? Why is it important to you?

When I was a kid, I used to sign up for pen pals in foreign countries. I loved it when I got those beautiful letters in my mailbox from all over the globe with lots of colorful stamps on them, telling me their story of what life was like in their countries. It was always better if I got photographs! Of course, this was in the 1980’s and a lot has changed in global communications with the internet. Lomography has rekindled that old school joy for me in exchanging creative ideas and positive feedback in an analogue global community. It makes me feel young again and takes away the dullness of everyday life. And I get to see what happens with fellow lomographers without waiting for the postman! (Unless of course it’s to bring me a new analogue goody!)

3) What camera do you find yourself using the most?
This is hard to answer because I use so many, but I would have to say my Lomo LC-A+RL, Fisheye, or most of my other 35mm because I can get a lot more photos with those rolls. But when I want something soft and moody with lots of vignetting I go for my Holga or Diana F+. Or funky? The multilens, Spinner, and next, Sprocket Rocket!

4) What sets Lomography apart from other forms of photography?
The quirkiness of the cameras, the “shoot from the hip” philosophy, and alternative processing. When I shot film years ago, it was for family events, travel and fun. Of course I got lots of off the wall shots in college with my old Kodak Disc Camera, but I always used 200/400 speed color negative film in my other cameras. Never deviated from that. I never shot black and white and I never used slide film for xpro. Lomography turned me on to that technique. I absolutely love learning about how to achieve a certain kind of color with a particular brand of film. Also, with the vignetting and blurry images I get from the Holga and Diana, they present the world to me as I see it with a naked eye. My vision is blurry and unfocused without my glasses or contacts, so the images mimic real life for me in many ways. (Now once I need bifocals I suppose I will need to figure out a way to make my Diana take a bifocal-like shot!) Just kidding…

5) How do you feel about digital lomography?
Well it’s certainly another tool in a photographer’s bag of tricks that can be utilized whenever he/she wants and really shouldn’t be discounted as a technique really. For me personally, I love the aesthetic of learning how to “teach and train” my cameras to do certain things without my having to go to photoshop or another program to get that “lomo” look. Plus it’s boring to sit at a computer and constantly tweak an image. If I want a serious photograph or if I want to make absolutely sure I captured an image, I will take it with a digital camera.

As an older casual photographer, the energy and creative ideas I have found in lomography have given me hope that younger folks actually do appreciate the way former generations used to do things. The tools we use just help make that magic for us.

In my father’s generation of the Great Depression of the 30’s and World War II in the 40’s, his tools were a Kodak 35 rangefinder camera and Kodachrome film. Every weekend the family would sit around the projector screen to enjoy his photos.

Now it’s all instant. We can see immediately what someone has taken on the other side of the globe. Fascinating, yes?

written by sthomas68 on 2011-02-25