When I am in London, I like to visit the busy streets of Chinatown, and Gerrard Street is by far the busiest in terms of restaurants, shops, and throngs of tourists.
Chinatown in London is easy enough to reach from the Piccadilly, Leicester Square, and Covent Garden tube stations. I have been there several times over the last few years and it is always busy, apparently, regardless of what time you visit. I love the way the tourists seem to fill every corner of every street.
I also like how the proprietors of all the various restaurants are out on the street during the evening, showing potential customers the menus they have on offer. The last two times I have been to London, I have eaten at a large restaurant located at 42-44 Gerrard Street called New Loon Fung. We have usually chosen this place as it has been late in the evening and they seem to stay open later than many of the other places. We were also attracted by their set menu, I seem to remember that you can choose four dishes for £18 for two people or something similar. Anyway, it is a good deal and they pay a lot of attention to the smaller details such as carving your crispy duck at your table from fresh.
If I go back to London in 2012 (which I am sure I will), I would like to try a new Chinese Restaurant on Gerrard Street, but New Loon Fung might tempt me in with their tasty menu, and even better offers.
Like a cluster of cherry blossoms, the temples in Kyoto can stop visitors in their tracks. These people assume the pose of a statue, a camera dangling from their neck and hands. On a first visit especially, the impulse to photograph every angle is constant. The Kinkaku-ji Temple and the torii-lined Fushimi Inari-Taisha are always packed; one would think the tourists would hurry along. But really, many are busy taking snatches of Kyoto with them.
Singapore, like Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, is a likely stopover when you fly far. The city is a tiny urbanized hub but it's very favorable if you know some high-spirited locals. I was lucky to hook up with king kimbo (@hakimbo), who showed me around. He took my lame limbs to the Gardens by the Bay, an amazing place which was visually striking. I was hugging some artificial trees there when I found a baby—a very big baby.
New York City-based graphic designer Markus Hartel has a passion for street photography. On one of his last strolls through the city, he captured some scenes on the busy streets with the New Russar+ Lens. Read on to learn about his experience photographing with the Russar+ and get insider info on how it is to be a street photographer in the Big Apple.
Moved by the breathtaking scenery he witnessed during his frequent hikes, Ivaylo was encouraged to take photographs. When not indulging in the beauty of nature though, he rummages busy streets and abandoned buildings in search of poetic images. Meet our Newcomer of the Week from Sofia, Bulgaria—Ivaylo.
Julian Hand is a London based experimental film maker. He embraces all analogue forms and uses Super 8 film, light projectors, ink and transparencies in his films. We gave him a roll of the new LomoChrome Purple 16mm Film to test out on the streets of London.
Scott Brasher is a fashion street photographer based in New York City. His work has been featured on many media outlets while working with brands like Cover Girl, MTV, Reebok, and Target, among many others. But before this, Scott started shooting in the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, capturing its daily urban fashion. Last month, he took the Petzval Lens to the streets of New York to photograph scenes at the famous New York Fashion Week.
Are you annoyed by Newton's rings that appear when you're scanning your Lomo'Instant shots? I am, so I came up with the idea to create something to ensure that the photos don't touch the glass, but aren't too far away from it either because of the sharpness.
It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.
This article is a tribute to an important street photographer, Edouard Boubat. His pictures are characterized by great poetic touch, strong social sensitivity, and utmost respect for people and places. Inspired by a book which contains Boubat's photos taken in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, I pay homage by showcasing some of my photos taken within the same geographic area.
East London is the perfect place to spot some interesting and colourful graffiti. Lomography Gallery Store Soho recently ran an LC-A+ workshop where we documented some of the best urban street art in the city!
What makes travel a great experience is the newness of things. The environment, people and culture tend to be different from customs back home. Coming from the Philippines, I found a lot of novel things in the United Kingdom, especially in the city of London.