A shining industrial jewel, now just dereliction and decay...
In the nineteenth century, Birmingham’s Jewelery Quarter was one of the largest centers of jewelery production in the UK – it is estimated that by 1850 half of the gold and silverware products on sale in London were produced there. Then with the decline of jewelery manufacturing in the UK throughout the twentieth century, an exodus occurred, leaving behind a myriad of abandoned and decaying side streets that can be explored in (relative) safety.
Rotting doorways, smashed windows, peeling paint and faded signs, all relics of long gone business success, reminding us that economic downturns are nothing new!
Who knows, maybe one day the area will be transformed into the ‘creative hub’ of the city the council would like it to be, but for the lomographer who finds inspiration in dereliction it already offers ample creative opportunity.
You might remember experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats for the CenturyCamera, his ambitious project which involved installation of 100 ultra-long-exposure cameras in and around Berlin, Germany "to continuously document 100 years of municipal growth and decay for scrutiny and judgment by future generations" between 2014 and 2114. But today, Keats goes a step further and begins yet another groundbreaking and unprecedented project with the Millennium Camera.
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.
Issa Ng is a Hong Kong-based fashion and commercial photographer. Leveraging on many years working as an art director and stylist for several international brands in the advertising industry, he was able to develop a strong sense of style and talent for conceptual execution, composition and intense imagery. He now specializes in portraits, and is continuously on the lookout for new and exciting projects. He talks about his experience shooting with the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control lens in this interview.
Those long, frosty, dark nights are finally behind us. It's time to dust of your Diana F+; wipe down your LC-A Wide and get shooting again! Join us for some fabulous workshops and events in Soho and come and visit us in March at the Birmingham NEC as part of The Photography Show 2015. Read on for the full line up.
It is with great pride that we introduce you to our newest instant camera — the Lomo’Instant Montenegro Edition! Inspired by the splendid charm of Montenegro — an enchanting Balkan country known for its rugged mountain ranges, medieval villages and magnificent Adriatic coastline — the Lomo’Instant Montenegro Edition is a crown jewel of the Lomo’Instant Family.
Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)
Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pride that we bring you the newest member of Lomo'Instant family: the stunningly beautiful Lomo'Instant Kyoto Edition! To give it a warm welcome to our brand new jewel, sneaked out from our HQ in Vienna and went in search of a truly enlightening adventure.
Far from the romanticized images we see on television, kitchens are marred by a mesh of savage industrial hardware, organic flesh and bones, and the souls that inhabit it, as photographer Mike Kumagai discovered. His series exposes some of the notions we carry of kitchens and cooking in the only medium befitting of the task: 35mm film.
As the weather warms up and the sun begins to shine, it's time to take your cameras off the shelf and into action. April is a special month because of Film Photography Day, marking a special date for us film photographers. We need you to help celebrate the wonders of film photography and keep the magic alive. #filmphotographyday2015