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!
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.
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!
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.
A true Lomographic gem, the Lomo LC-A+ RL is blessed with good looks and bursting with experimental potential. Get ready to shoot amazing Lomographic photos by experimenting with MX shots, long exposures and a whole range of accessories!
A self-portrait may take root in confidence, extreme shyness or alternate bouts of each. Leanne Surfleet goes through this kind of fluctuation when the camera is all eyes. The attraction—as far as we’re concerned—is the mix of uncertainty and a kind of quiet poise. And here and there, a flash of skin that is more a mystery than full-on revelation. Even Surfleet’s portraits of other people have the same hushed invite, as if to say questions are encouraged. There we took our cue.
Lomo'Instant Marrakesh, our resident romance gear, has us thinking of February nights. And what more about a midnight rendezvous is applicable to instant photography than bold strokes of light? And so it's our nightly mission to make light painting brim with personal anecdotes.
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.
The latest addition to the Lomo’Instant family! Inspired by the Icelandic midnight sky, Get endless creativity, take multiple exposed instant snapshots, experiment with long exposure and light painting shots!
Architectural photographer Christopher Payne documents America’s industrial heritage with his large format images. For his project "Asylum," he visited 70 abandoned psychiatric hospitals across to country between 2002 and 2008.
Lomography has teamed up with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to give you the chance to win tickets to see “Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century,” the first retrospective of this highly influential photographer in over 30 years. You can also win a Henry Carroll Book and a Lomo’instant Wide.
We met our new LomoAmigo Luka Tacon when we danced to the hypnotic beats of his duo Heartbreaker at our Lomo'Instant Wide Launch Party in NYC. Now, the brooklyn-based DJ and electronic music producer is preparing for an EPIC Lover's Ball at House of Yes with his friends at Might Get Weird, experimenting with the La Sardina and LC-A, and feeling the Latin rhythms of Costa Rica. Read more about his inspirations and how he feels analog equipment, whether it be for music or photography, has something that digital just doesn't. As a special bonus, you can listen to his exclusive Heartbreaker set!
It's human nature to be restless and imaginative. The real may be interpreted as what one sees or how one sees something. For the daydreamer, a scene from nature transforms into a canvas. Suddenly a field makes room for chemical coloring, all those anachronistic streaks that somehow look right. Or else, those beautiful colors amplified or subdued to their most pictorial shades. All in the world of trial-and-process film photography.