This is a personal story of why I love attending any event in a fancy dress and how it brings people out of their shell. It makes them more keen to be photographed and makes a far more exciting subject than your average portrait.
Since being a student in Leeds, one of the biggest student towns in the UK some years ago, I have been a huge fan of fancy dress events either in people’s homes as parties, or in nightclubs and bars around the town. Of course I love to dress up myself and have had almost as many disguises over the years as Mr. Benn. I think part of the fun of the fancy dress event you are going to is planning what you are going to wear and putting it all together in front of a mirror.
What I love even more than that however, is seeing what everyone else wears at these parties, evenings, events. Some people are so super creative with their outfits, that not only am I exceedingly jealous at their creative nature (which I am somewhat lacking in!), I adore people watching and seeing all the different ideas people have come up with.
I also like how people can really come out of their shell when they are dressed up and it is often as though having these outfits can make them a more confident person all round. This is great for me as I am a super chatty person anyway and like to meet people whenever and wherever I go. It is also great because it means people who could otherwise be quite shy about having their photo taken are happy to pose for a portrait or two – double bonus for me!
Photos of people with their faces all made up and different hairstyles and coloured contact lenses make for some of the most interesting portraits, wouldn’t you agree? Not that I have anything against the average portrait but it never fails to make me smile when I get my negs back to find Bruce Campbell, Super Mario and Gene Simmons – The Demon in my images!
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!
The people of a city, to me, speak volumes about its culture and sense of community. And that is why I sought out the people who make Denver that much more interesting after the initial period of settling down. My search lead to a few establishments that have contributed to making Denver what it is today. In the second story on Transient Living, I present to you two of such establishments: The Craftsman & Apprentice, and A Small Print Shop.
For Michael Fiukowski, taking photos with the New Petzval 85 Art Lens is a philosophy. The manual focus encourages him to be more experimental, and when shooting portraits, he seeks for creative ways to position his subject and make the most of the Petzval's bokeh effect. He finds the lens fascinating, and tells us why.
One of the things that make a trip to a far-flung place truly memorable is getting the chance to interact with the locals and share fun moments with them. Five years ago, disdis was able to do exactly that on a trip to Zinguinchor, Senegal, and it goes without saying that it was most certainly one for the books.
Film Photography Day 2015 is an exciting event happening on Sunday, April 12. To celebrate this day, Lomography has teamed up with Skillshare to launch a series of FREE classes to help you make the most of your Lomo cameras. To throw in a little more fun, we're also hosting a competition to win a Diana Deluxe Kit and a full year of premium membership to Skillshare to take tons of awesome photography classes. Read on to find out more!
My name is Amber Valentine and I have a confession to make: I’m not really a photographer. I have a website full of photographs, a bookshelf full of cameras, film waiting to be developed, and a wall full of framed pictures I’ve taken. Even so, I don’t really consider myself a photographer per se. I think that Lomography is more about the experimentation and the fun of film than it is about the photography, and that experimentation is part of the reason I have embraced Lomography so.
Making your very own LomoKino movie is really fun and rewarding, but it also requires some time and effort. Now here's some good news - Samplomat will make it easier for you! This desktop application is free for Mac and Windows systems. Let the LomoKino movie-making begin!
If you are looking for some lomographic entertainment this month in your home city or if you are traveling the world and want some insider tips from our lomography teams, here’s a selection of what is going on in Lomography Gallery and Embassy Stores around the world.
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 prime areas of New York and San Francisco, the phrase ‘rush hour’ is always on the menu. Drive up to Reno, and the same expression fizzles. Many roads are framed by mountains and shrubbery, a picture of calm in the city. But the night makes up for the day’s stilly mood. Casinos flaunt LED signs and marquees, a treat for urban photographers.