A wooden boat fashioned after the relics of our culture. Inspire and learn about our proud history and the way to find ways to reclaim.
Before the Philippines was colonized by the Spanish, our country used to have a rich maritime culture. We were a proud nation of sea farers and boat builders. But with colonization, most were forced to abandon the ways of the elders of building and traveling through the network of waters that surrounded our islands. Roads were prioritized, traditions were abandoned and ultimately spirits were broken. Little attention was paid to the resource and means of travel that was already strong and present since 320A.D . An interesting tidbit about the Philippines is that linguists have discovered that dialects of neighboring coasts are more similar than that of people who live in the highlands and their counterparts in low lying planes in the same area.
Flash forward to 2009, A group of enterprising Filipinos are about to take the maiden voyage to the ends of the country on board a vessel built using only the same means as our ancestors and with knowledge passed down by tradition to a select few. The Balangay is a traditional sea ferrying vessel discovered in the province of Butuan in the 1970’s. It is the first known South East Asian water wooden craft. The project seeks to build a replica of the craft and trace the routes of the early Indo-Malays when they sailed their way into seas and oceans and eventually a forgotten history.
The “Diwata ng Lahi” (Muse or Fairy of the Sea) seeks to reclaim this lost history of ours and it was such a wonderful feeling to see it being eased into the sea. She will sail only by means of traditional sea ferrying using only its sails and oars to reach its destination. Traveling no less than 3,000 nautical miles on its first phase. Jettying from Manila to Boracay, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Davao to the tip of the country. A lot of these locations have been written about by the way. The crew will be composed of the first Filipino team to reach the summit of Mount Everest, The boat builders who belong to the Badjao, an indigenous group which are respected for their courage and skills at sea. They will be joined by historians and Project Leader Mr. Art Valdez. The second phase of its voyage after reaching Tawi-Tawi is to set sail across South East Asia and then if all goes well to the coast of Africa. It was such a great moment to see her launched into the sea, to be part of her voyage’s first steps. I hope it would inspire others to learn more about our proud history and find ways to reclaim it.
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. It has been mentioned in a myriad of pop culture references in books, music, and film, and is also the home of the Lomography headquarters. The history of Vienna stretches back to a far 500 BC, which is why it’s no surprise that the city is steeped in rich, unique, and fascinating culture and history that has inspired artists of all generations.
Duncan Frazier and Stephen McGuigan are focused on creating niche technology that inspires. Founders of Bitbanger Labs, a Brooklyn-based outlet for their ideas, the two friends developed a revolutionary light painting device — Pixelstick. We talked to them to find out more about their work and about this unique and beautiful way to take photos!
Being a part of Fashion Week is not easy. You need to know high-profile personalities and e-mail tons of guys to be on the Fashion Week A-list. So when Christopher came to Lomography with the idea of being our official Fashion Week correspondent (and after showing us his stunning fashion portfolio), we were very excited to work with him.
Happy New Year Everyone. We're confident that our January 2015 workshops will help you dust off those January blues and get you smiling again. You'll be able to learn how to expose an image onto fabric or canvas with our LUMI paint workshop, learn the basics of our super Diana F+ camera and take to the streets with the Lomo'instant. There is also a great exhibition of analogue prints from photographer Arat “Huge” Komsawadichai. Find out more and book your spot by clicking here.
"When I picked up the Lomo LC-A for the first time. I was truly inspired," says Christopher Logan, who accepted the challenge to shoot NY Fashion week with the LC-A+ Camera. Read more of his experience after the jump and get to know why the LC-A+ is the perfect camera for fashion shows.
We had a staggering 1110 entries to this rumble. We have picked our way through all of them and were very inspired by the quality of all your photos! It was a real challenge narrowing it down to just 3 winners. Find out who won this great competition.
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!
We already had the honor of introducing Svenja as part of our 5 Questions Series. Her analogue fashion portraits intrigued us so much that we begged the Hamburg-based photographer to test the Petzval lens for us. In this article, you’ll learn why she’s so into the Petzval lens and find enchantment in her dreamy double exposures!
Lomography is proud to announce that it will again accompany the Nixon Surf Team to be part of this year's Nixon Surf Challenge. In line with this, we've prepared a rumble for all traveling and adventure-seeking lomographers.
It is our pleasure to have yet another opportunity to share more stellar photographs shot by Hong Kong-based photographer Issa Ng, using the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens. Not surprisingly, his photographs are again a revelation of his great sense of aesthetics and fashion, juxtaposed with the masculine appeal of a portside location.
We are proud to announce that the Lomography shop now stocks Lumi products, which allow you to print your favorite analogue photos and all manner of other fantastic things on fabric using the power of light! In this article, we want to tell you a bit more about Lumi and the way this special printing process works.
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!
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.