Like it's Baltic neighbors, Tallinn has its own museum casting light upon the dark, difficult years between 1940 and 1991
This very interesting museum was opened in Summer 2003 in Tallinn, Toompea street, 8. First impression comes from the building feature: you as if in kowtow when going under low arc and then opens massive bunker style door. Its exposition is dedicated to 3 periods of Estonia occupations what I’ve learn from information desks hanging down from the ceiling. 1st Soviet occupation 1939-1941, 2nd German occupation 1941-1944 and 3rd Soviet 1944-1991. The main aim of the exposition is to explain the influence of occupations in 1939-1991 to Estonia and its people.
Indeed the museum exposition is rich of artifacts, documents, videos which help to understand better that injury of occupations. Information is presented in 3 languages: Estonian, English and Russian. Not far from the enter to the left from the centre there’ a 2 conventionalized steam locomotives. The left locomotive with red star the right one with Nazi swastika. Then you cans see 3 big information stand about 3 periods of occupation. Most of artifacts from exposition are gifts from Estonians. There’s a big refuges boat at the beginning (some lucky Estonians escaped occupation and went to Finland or Sweden with its help). I saw large quantity of suitcases of exile people in the beginning of expositions, clothes, personal documents, photos, newspapers. You can even see the empty bottle of Moskovskaya vodka with Estonian inscription “Moskovkaya Viini”. There are a lot of radio receivers from “Spidola” to “Rodina” which help to get true information from the independent sources. Some sorrowful or even tragic mood comes from watching the line of real prison doors. As for some fun artifacts I’d mentioned car “VAZ-Kopeika”(1st model of VAZ), soviet soda-water automat and retro hair-drier. In the basement there ’a several fragments of previous imperial greatness – the statues of Vladimir Lenin, Mikhail Kalinin and Victor Kingisepp. In general this museum is very cognitive and “have to visit” place!
Sometime between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago, a boy in northern Afghanistan was born with a gene mutation that hindered his eyes from producing melanin and thus from turning brown. He had blue eyes. If you see someone with blue eyes today, he is a descendant of this unlucky fellow. I am one of those weird folks and apart from feeling like a mutant and being Angelina Jolie’s secret sister, I am sensitive to light like an ISO 6,400 film.
Lomo Lubitel 166+ is a match to the classic beauty of black and white photography. Perennial scenes of city life and nature get the right amount of light and dark, thanks to trusty exposure settings. The glass lens, with its sharp vision, helps photographers get tonal and evocative imagery. These photos from all over the community are prime examples.
Light Painting is a cool technique that we love to do when we're in the mood for experimenting with photos. It's super easy and fun, and it only requires a dark room, a friend or two to collaborate with, a camera with long exposure mode and a light painting tool to get started. Check out 50 of the most vibrant light painting photos taken by your fellow Lomographers after the cut!
Trench, chesterfield, covert, raglan. The coat has a vocabulary of its own. And like words we use today, these styles still look current though their roots may go as far back as the mid 19th century. As if by lending these vintage snaps color and unruly hair we can easily mistake the coats to be from today.
He calls himself Khalik Allah – a creator, a limitless, timeless, infinite being. He documents life as it comes and goes, as it hurts, as it glows inside the protagonists of his stories. His photography and videography take us deep into the never-ending nights of Harlem, a place where the darkness might seem to reach its peak. Yet, he is capturing light in its purest form, reminding us that it lies in everyone’s eyes, within everyone’s self.
Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett sings about the frustrations, disappointments and the mundane aspects of life in her own animated and sometimes Dylan-esque style. Her debut album "Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit" was released this year and has been getting positive reviews. We tweeted about her new album and she responded to say that she loved Lomography. It was the perfect opportunity for a shoot and an interview.
Back in the 1990s, Gilbert Blecken was a big music fan who wrote for his own small music fanzine. He would interview bands in between sound checks and photograph them. He never became a professional photographer or worked for a company; he simply did it for his fanzine. Twenty years after, Gilbert’s photographs have matured into an amazing documentation of some of the biggest music icons of that era. We caught up with Gilbert to ask him about these photographs and the fascinating story behind them.
With the 68th Cannes Film Festival kicking off today we thought we'd hold our very own film screening right here featuring, in no particular order, some of the best, well-crafted LomoKino videos by our fellow lomographers in the community. From documentary-like shorts to horror, comedy, romance, action, the surreal, and everything in between, we've got you covered. Bring out the popcorn!
Joan Manel Cedó is an avid fan of extreme sports. He has been a rock climber for two decades and has also gained interest in kitesurfing over the years. In both sports, he tries to incorporate his passion for photography. In this instalment of My First Lomo Affair, he talks about how he chance upon the carefree style of shooting with the LC-A+ and all the adventures that followed this discovery.
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.
Illuminate your subjects with an even burst of light with the Lomography Ringflash. While you're at it, find out how you can earn piggies and have your very own Ringflash photos be featured on the Online Shop!