After receiving a major blow from the tsunami, Koh Phi Phi has fully recovered and is finally back to its peak. This is truly the gem of the Andaman coast.
I was personally lucky enough to have had the opportunity to stay on a boat anchored in Ton Sai Bay, off the coast of Koh Phi Phi Don. I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford staying on mainland as my pockets were running thin by the third week of my trip. Besides that, in the aftermath of the tsunami, Koh Phi Phi was fully transformed into a high-class resort island so it’s not a place for backpackers anymore! Many times during my travels, I overheard that the island has lost its feeling and touch. Nevertheless the beauty remains and its sea life is still recognized as one of the best in the world!
Koh Phi Phi Don is the bigger island and is the only one with permanent occupants. The island is quite petite so there are no cars or motorbikes; you have to go by foot everywhere. Once you reach the shore, you will laugh at how many diving companies infest this little village. Then again, most people do come here to dive, or snorkel – at least.
So we decided to hire a long tail boat to Koh Phi Phi Lay to do some water activities and to undertake our pilgrimage to “The Beach.” Our driver, Muay, took us to four main spots around this made-by-Hollywood famous island. We swam in a bay, fed a school of fish (in the water!), checked out the Viking cave (not the horned helmet warriors, but the bird’s nest soup industry), swam dangerously close to jelly fish, met Dory from Finding Nemo, and finally reached our destination of Maya Bay. And as cliché as it sounds, I was happy to have touched base with “The Beach” but sadly, we weren’t the only ones.
Koh Sze Kiat is a part of Oddinary Studios, a Singapore-based photographers' collective that specializes in commercial, advertising, editorial and wedding assignments. He shot with the New Petzval Lens recently, and shares his favorite photos and insight in this exclusive interview.
I backed the Kickstarter project for the Lomo’Instant earlier this year and was thrilled to receive it last week. I love how the camera naturally encourages you to experiment with its different features, whether it’s through flashing your multiple exposures with different colors or trying different creative techniques after your shots has been ejected. Here are a few tips from what I’ve discovered from playing with the camera so far (and a couple of tips I want to try out in future)!
Not knowing exactly how to do deal with its odd appearance, Nadica first regarded the Lubitel 166B as a complete monstrosity. She left it untouched on her shelf for months after receiving it as a gift. After using other Lomo cameras and getting familiar with the rules on exposure, she finally had the courage to test it. Find out what made stacy_mcpommes fall in love with the Lubitel 166B in this installment of Weapon of Choice!
The story between the Spinner 360 and I goes way back to the year 2010, when Lomography decided to send me a beta model of the Spinner 360 to test. It was a complete surprise! I thought, "What the hell is that?" as I first took this camera out of the package. Then, when my little brother grabbed it from me and pulled the cord, it buzzed and turned 360°! We all had the same expression: "Whoa..."
If theater has the stage then fashion has photography. It is through pictures that trends and new looks are wheeled from coast to coast. Even 50-year-old prints can sway next generations of fashion plates. Take Jacqueline Kennedy's shipshape style and the mod crowd of New York and London, all veritable influencers until today.
Leonard Knight passed away last year but he left an incredible legacy, an embodiment of love, that is Salvation Mountain. From 1984, he painted and remodeled a little hill in the California desert that's colorful as a cupcake and truly meaningful. And if anything ever would have been meant to be shot with Lomo cameras, it would be this psychedelic, holy hill.
Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.
Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.
In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.
After years of dreaming, planning, and working, it was finally time for me to fulfill a lifelong wish of mine: to travel around my home country of South Africa at my own pace while living in a camper van.
Admit it, you've been waiting impatiently for this moment to arrive. Well, the suspense is over, the announcement of the 3 Tumblrs We Loved This Week is finally here! We got lightpainting, we got puns, we got disposable cameras and - as always - blogs that will blow you away!
Going away for the weekend is always fun, especially if, like me, you live abroad and go back to visit your home city! For my walk through Milan, I decided to bring with me the Lomo’Instant because well, I just love it! Here are my thoughts after this special weekend!