There’s so much to see in New York but at some point, you gotta eat! New Yorkers know about getting right to the bottomline so as not to waste a minute of time, so much of the available sustenance is on wheels! But when it’s time to have a sit down, there’s nothing like some historic cafes and bars where you can soak up the vibes of famous New Yorkers who came before you – because we all gotta eat and drink some time!
There is food and then there is classic New York food – soft pretzels, pizza, and a good stiff drink. I found there are food carts on nearly every corner of New York City offering any kind of food you can eat with one hand. While I love my Diana F+ and LC-A, I cannot eat them! So I used them to take pictures of the variety of food carts around off 5th Avenue on a Sunday afternoon while I made up my mind on what I wanted. I came across a fresh, warm stack of pretzels that looked so perfect and inviting I hated to mess it up by buying one, but took a snap for all eternity. If a pretzel snack won’t suit you, you’re bound to find a Ray’s Pizza joint, offering a hearty bite by the slice or whole pie, nothing tastes more like New York!
When it was time for a real meal, I headed over to Fanelli Café in Soho because I read they shot a scene from Mad Men there and I just love a good ol’ dark pub ’n grub. This one was full of character, having served hungry crowds for over a century. Then it was time for some real drinking and there’s no better place than the White Horse Tavern – from Dylan Thomas to Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer to Jack Kerouac, the literary greats come here to soothe their tortured artist’s soul and no doubt drink a toast to a great city that has inspired residents and tourists alike!
“Let me tell you about my life turning blue”. Those were the first words the guy on the bench said as he sat down beside me whilst I was eating my lunch. Usually, I prefer to eat alone but there was something about this opening sentence which really intrigued me; so I told him “Sure buddy, go ahead. Tell me about your life in blue”.
What do you do when you don't have much time in a city like New York but you want to see everything, feel the vibe and be part of the community, even for a short time? Jump on a bike and enjoy what trains, buses and cabs can never give you: be part of the city. Take a camera with you to capture the moments and sights you don't want to forget. I did this with my LC-A 120 and LomoChrome Purple film.
We asked some of New York’s hottest designers to lend their talent in designing some of our La Sardina DIY cameras, and we are very excited to share with you Verena's work. Verena is an illustrator and graphic designer who has contributed to the site for '40 Days of Dating' and so much more.
The new year is still young, but it seems as if it'll be over quickly. My organizer is already filled with entries until June. 2015 will probably be worse than 2014 when it comes to having time off so I could take some analogue shots. Anyway, there are some photography-related things that I really want to get done. It is probably best to set some goals if I only have very limited time.
New York is full of interesting people. Everywhere you look you, will find good-looking, smart, and powerful characters; models, actresses, entrepreneurs, managers, artists. Because of this sometimes it can be a little intimidating for a regular guy in the Big Apple to step up, talk to the girl you like, or make new friends. So here are a few tips, courtesy of the Lomo'Instant, that will help you to break the ice.
Steffen Böttcher's blog is already home to some very beautiful portraits taken with the New Petzval Lens. But the Petzval does so much more than just taking beautiful portraits; Böttcher recently took the lens with him on a mobile home adventure across the South of France. Find out more about the German photographer and his road trip in this exclusive interview.
Ladies and gentlemen, fellow Lomographers, the time is ripe for us to present you with a new mystery product. But we're not giving anything much away this time, just a few hints and clues to keep you on your toes.
The LomoChrome Purple is easily one of the coolest films to come out in a very long time. The amazing colors and vibe it gives each shot and its wide range of exposures make it a must-have and must-shoot film. Here are some cool ways to help you get the most out of your LCP.
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.
Here's the third and final part of my Lomography Day Trip features about Ubud. To be honest, there are a lot of places there that are worth visiting, but I just picked some of them to help you make the best of your trip. So prepare your notes or travel books and take note of the must-see places that I'll mention below. Maybe one day you'll visit Ubud.
If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!
Film Photography Day 2015 is fast approaching —do you have the film on hand to document the good times? We’re talking parties, dances, competitions, workshops, raffles, picnics and much, much more! If you don’t have film to last this gigantic 1 day festival of all things analogue, then now is the time to stock up! And even if you do, can you ever really have enough film? Nah, we don’t think so either.