Come see how a select group of men and women keep the traditional art of weaving alive.
The cottage industry of Abel Cloth weaving is highly regarded the world over. There are only a few surviving abel weavers today since the craft was passed on from generation to generation. There was a time when during the Galleon Trade Era that the demand for the hand-woven cloth threatened the production of Spanish weaving industry. But now only a few families are in the business and this has proved to be quite profitable for them also. Since they supply both local and international demand for the study and intricately made pieces. I am from a nearby province and I had no inkling that the bags, blankets, place mats, table runners were all made here. I spoke to the owner of the weaving shop that I went to and he related to me how his family started in the business six generations ago. Up on his display cases he had plaques recognizing his contribution to local culture through the propagation of his family business.
I was expecting an army of old ladies working the hand loom but instead I found an old man who was creating a light colored cloth with a modern look instead of the traditional Ifugao pattern. He told me it was going to be turned into a pillowcase afterward. The intricate process used to involve harvesting cotton and dying them separately and laying them out precisely to come out with the designed patter. Now since the cotton fields of Ilocos have all but vanished the material is sourced from a supplier back in Manila. The foot-treadle loom they used requires both hands and feet to move in sync. Hopefully, this surviving cultural craft can adapt and move with the times just as well
We know it's been a while since the New Petzval Art Lens was released, but we simply can't get enough of seeing your Petzval photos just yet, so keep them coming! In the meantime, check out this gallery post of lovely analogue and digital Petzval shots in monochrome.
Juxtapose visions of Tokyo at night with the Petzval's bokeh, and you get pure magic. From a traditional Japanese hearth to busy Tokyo streets, Mance Thompson captured it all with the new Petzval lens and a star-shaped aperture plate, weaving magic into otherwise ordinary everyday scenes.
Abandoned Scotland is an amazing group based in... you guessed it, Scotland! They stealthily get into little-known locations to photograph amazing but forgotten and empty spaces. We spoke with Alistair, the head of the group, and provided him with a Sprocket Rocket to see how the panoramic wonder would capture some of Scotland's urban landscapes.
With the holidays just around the corner, it's a great time to make sure you have loads of wonderful films for all the fun festivities coming up. Today's Advent deal of the day is here to help you do just that! Head on over to the Online Shop and save 10% on our wide selection of films. Do the right thing and keep your camera happy this year!
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
So, how do you make a beautiful series of photographs? It’s simple – merge two already beautiful subjects like women and flowers the way photographer Lara Kiosses did with this amazing series of multiple exposure photographs.
Everybody loves a cup of tea to start the day. Meanwhile, we lomographers love to do little photo sessions to start our day. Both are really fun, but a wise person once said that we should try to combine two of our favorite things sometimes and see how it comes out. So, here we go!
Variety can always spice things up when it comes to artistry. See how photographer John Chervinsky jumps from one medium to another and explore the notions of variety in his series Studio Physics. More photos after the jump.