When we were given the task of writing about something unique about our cities, the first thing that came to my mind about Nottingham was the tale of Robin Hood. However, Robin Hood seemed too obvious a choice and I wanted to learn something I did not know about Nottingham in the process of writing this article. So I asked a few friends, visited the city tourism centre and to my delight discovered something I personally had never known about Nottingham.
Nottingham is the home of Raleigh bikes! (Maybe only cyclists like myself will get excited about this). A man called Frank Bowden invested in a small bicycle company (Wood, Angois and Ellis) which was making a mere three bikes a week. This small workshop was situated on Raleigh Street, hence the formation of the “Raleigh Bicycle Company” in 1890. In the short space of 42 years, the Raleigh Bicycle Company increased produced from three bikes a week to 62,000 bicycles a year!
Another reason I found this interesting was that the start of the bicycle craze happened to coincide with the feminist movement. At this time, women who cycled were viewed as flouting their home maker roles and what they wore when cycling became one of the suffragette’s many battles. During this time, Raleigh were keen to monopolise on these changes in society, so they started manufacturing and advertising ladies’ bicycles alongside their own riders outfit for women. Their advertising displayed fashionable women riding elegant bicycles, this style of which can be still bought today from their ‘Classic De Luxe’ range. Other iconic Raleigh models included the children’s Raleigh Chopper which was manufactured in the 1970s and the Burner BMX (shown in the first photo).
Sadly the last Raleigh Factory in Nottingham closed down recently (they still manufacture elsewhere) and the site was bought by The University of Nottingham. Despite this, the name of Raleigh Bicycles continues as a well known and loved English institution.
Did you own a Raleigh bike when you were younger? Do you still ride a Raleigh? If so, share it with us in the comments section below!
Hello, fellow lomographers! To be honest, ever since I started working last year, I haven't been able to write a single analogue lifestyle piece. But today I decided to write something about my days, especially about my weekend in Bandung. It's not much but I take it as the start of a new beginning in writing all over again here. So, here's my weekend in Bandung!
While I have been making attempts to do some street photography in the past two years, I must confess that I've let my introverted side take over countless times, resulting in half-baked (and sometimes half-hearted) snaps. However, once I started letting go of my inhibitions and just immerse myself in the task and experience, I found that street photography forcing my eyes open on so many things.
Writing about Bangkok, a place where I first left my vagabond heart, I found it only fitting to focus on its own heart, the Chao Praya River, and the adventures it can offer to anyone looking to explore the city's curiosities by water.
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When I was a child, I regularly went to Blaavand, located at the Danish west coast, with my brothers and parents. I stopped going there as I grew up. In 2012 however, we hit the road again. It was my first return visit in about 20 years. I took the chance and packed as many cameras as possible into my luggage. In part two of my journey log, I'm going to show you the pictures I took with my Lomography cameras.
The great American photographer David Burnett is famous for his unusual photos of sports competitions. He uses a tilt-shift lens to create miniature fakes, or a simple Holga camera to shoot in black and white. To write this tribute, I used my Holga to take some pictures of amateur sport activities around my city. Take a look after the jump.
Snapping photos while traveling puts your photography skills to the test. However, during a trip to Ghana, I became aware of the power of an image. This article is about my journey making mistakes as a documentary photographer, cognizant of the effects of my white privilege.
Just recently I asked myself why I would want to write about a film like the Fuji Instax Mini, because usually this film is the only one available for Fuji Instax cameras. But then it hit me! It can be an alternative to many other instant films, since I can load almost any film into my Diana F+, other medium and 135 format cameras, and of course the Fuji Instax Mini.
Alfred Eisenstaedt was one of Life Magazine's greatest photographers, known for his ability to immortalize the storytelling moment of many public events in history. To write this tribute to him, I chose a subject that he photographed in different places and times: card players in public places. The photos in this article were taken at the Patronal Feast of my city Como, during a series of buraco's lessons held by a local card players club.
Here’s a random and rather mysterious tale for you folks. Just the other day, I was at a local bar with a few friends. It was much like any other evening; we were sipping a couple of cocktails, recounting our adventures, falling over ourselves with laughter and half-drunkenly meditating on the meaning of life (a scientist once told me it’s 42 by the way). But then something truly strange happened. Read on to hear my story and please make a comment with your guess at the end!
It's been a boiling, scorching, baking hot summer here in the Philippines since March, and believe it or not, I haven't been to the beach yet. I'm going to do something about that, but not without making another playlist for the trip! This time, I decided to make a mix inspired by the summer vacations of my younger days.
On a sunny April Sunday, I decided to load a Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 on my new Lomo LC-A+; both bought few weeks ago from the Lomography Online Shop to take some photos of some Italian food stalls in the center of my city, Como. Here my first impressions about this interesting film.