For the many who bear the burden of a cataract, the journey to an eye clinic to get the much needed surgery is one that spans many years. For the average patient, who is older and already has impaired vision, the quick surgery is a long time coming.
The patient makes their way to the Kikuyu Eye Clinic, a relatively long or short journey depending on where in the vast region they are coming from.
Registration then takes place, where the patient lists their details and waits for the initial diagnosis to be administered.
An examination is performed by a doctor and a diagnosis is given.
It is likely, for those that make the trek to the clinic and queue for hours on end, that the patient is already suffering from bad vision and has a cataract.
Surgery and aftermath
An operation is necessary to remove the cataract before it worsens and leads to blindness. Surgery is scheduled for next day which, ideally, should be sooner but owing to the long wait list doctors are only available on the following day.
The patient spends the night in one of the clinic’s 75 beds and awaits the morning when he will be able to see properly again, if not for the first time.
The cataract is corrected through a operation that takes an average of 15 to 20 minutes.
A bandage is put on, but is taken off soon after in less than half an hour.
And with nothing in the way, no bandages or clouded lenses, the patient is free to observe the world in a brand new light.
Not long after Alex Timmermans purchased his first digital camera at the turn of the century, he quickly realized the trappings of digital photography couldn't fulfill his personal photographic desires. He then began searching for a more challenging process — one that wasn't so predictable. His journey eventually landed him back at the roots of analogue photography, specifically employing the wet plate collodion process using original Petzval lenses. This antique photographic process found in him a renewed inspiration and has since become his passion, which is evident in both his words and his images.
As Steve Jobs puts it, "creativity is just connecting things." It's all about tracing one's experiences and pushing the boundaries of what's already known to establish new things. The Lomography community is no stranger to these instances. In fact, the community is filled with brilliant minds who are always ready to refine existing techniques and look for innovative ways to express their visions and ideas. Here are just a few of the creative lomographers we've come to love over the years.
How incredible that a tiny thing as a camera can depict the vast empire of nature and city life! And peppered among the tall and wide views are people, humble and pint-sized from a distance. See how four photographers portrayed this astonishing contrast.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
In February, we hosted a Lomo'Instant Accessory Challenge in collaboration with GrabCAD. The idea of this competition was to stoke the creative ones and encourage them to be bold in experimenting with the accessories that come with Lomography's new instant camera.
My dad and I have been riding our bicycles for as long as I can remember. We had no camera back then, so I only have the pictures from our recent rides. Each ride to the island of Khortitsa today is like a reunion with my childhood and my father's care.
On the occasion of the German DVD release of Wim Wenders' latest documentary, "Das Salz der Erde (The Salt of the Earth)," on April 9, we asked you to send us your best black and white photographs. You have done your best and so making the decision was quite difficult. Read on to find out who will be celebrating with DVDs and piggies!