On a recent trip to Sheffield, I discovered the magnificent Winter Garden in the heart of the city centre. Read on to find out what I loved so much about it.
I haven’t spent a lot of time in Sheffield before last weekend, so I had never come across the Winter Garden before then. When you are walking through the city, this looks so new (it was opened in 2003) and amazing that you can see it from a long way off. I was pleased to see that it was free to go in, so we all went inside to have a look around.
Firstly, this is a garden. It reminded me of the Eden Project but felt a lot more serene and of course, on a much smaller scale. I have since learnt that it is the largest temperate greenhouse to have been built here in the UK in the last 100 years or so and is big enough to hold 5,000 regular greenhouses. This means it is frost protected right down to -4 degrees Celsius. The plants in it look stunning and tropical and are in stark contrast to what we usually see in parks and gardens in the UK with over 150 species of plants from all over the world.
In addition to the plants on display in the Winter Garden, there is the Bessemer Art Gallery and several shops and restaurants. Also, the architecture outside the Winter Garden is fabulous, with a really modern space (including table tennis tables) and some dramatic buildings.
The Winter Garden can be found on Surrey Street, sitting between the Crucible Theatre and the Peace Gardens and access is free every day. You can read more about the Winter Garden here or here.
A recent lunchtime break turned into a big analogue adventure when I took the Lomo'Instant camera out with the Splitzer and captured a gloriously sunny day in the heart of Soho, London. I learned a couple of great tips about shooting with this new accessory. Read on to find out more.
One of the things I like the most about the Minitar-1 Art lens is how sharp the focus can be when you shoot with a small aperture. So if you are one of those that like to shoot at night, get a tripod, add this to a late dark winter afternoon, and you will end up with a bunch of beautiful long exposures. This is what I did on my last trip to Europe.
The Lomo LC-Wide has a special place in the hearts of Lomographers and analog photography lovers. With its compact size, it's the best companion on trips or even as part of one's daily routine, and its wide 17mm wide angle lens tickles one's creativity. Recently, the LC-Wide explored France, yielding a photo diary of beautiful French cities and landscapes.
There are quite a lot of festivals to choose from every summer and for sure everyone has his favorite. This June @danika, @hinny and @tomas_bates joined me for one of my favorites: Electric Castle Festival. Armed with loads of films & cameras, good mood and a lot of patience for the road to the heart of Romania, we set off to discover Electric Castle. Read on to find out what this off the radar festival has to offer!
Eric Marais is the founder of the portable dark-room experience, STENOFLEX. We recently had the chance to ask him some questions and he was kind enough to answer us! Read on to find out more about his company, his interest in photography and what's next for STENOFLEX!
As you may have read in my previous article, I truly fell in love with Lomography when I combined my Fisheye camera with an old Canon AE-1 for magical photographic results. Last summer, I took so many pictures of flowers that it started to become almost boring for me. My waning interest and the coming winter meant that I had to figure out something else to do with my 35mm film.
Stephen Dowling is no stranger to the LC-A 120 camera; he has brought it on trips to Brighton, Malta and most recently, on a holiday in Istanbul. In this feature, Stephen talks about his experience shooting with this medium format camera around the markets and mosques of one of Turkey's most colourful and vibrant cities.
When someone asks me why I love Burkina Faso so much and what's so special about it, I answer without any hesitation: the people. There's something in this country that connects the people together very strongly. Here, foreign visitors are warmly welcomed. And honestly, I think that the portraits I'm most proud of and that I really love are those shot in Burkina Faso. "Why," you ask?
In his audio book, German Petzval LomoAmigo Steffen Böttcher aka Stilpirat talks about his photographic adventures. What are your greatest lomographic adventures? That's what we wanted to know in this competition. Read on to find out who the winners are!
In order to escape the world of facts and figures, tax auditor Martin Dietrich discovered photography as his creative counterpart almost seven years ago. On a trip to Paris he fell in love with analog photography and the magic of film has been fascinating to him since then. But he also appreciates the benefits of digital photography. For Lomography he tested the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens on his Fuji X-Pro 1 camera. Check out Martin's photos and learn more about the founder of the popular Neoprime magazine.
You are probably already familiar with our German Petzval LomoAmigo Steffen Böttcher, aka Stilpirat. He recently released his very first audio book about his adventures as photographer, "Abenteuer Fotografie," featuring the beautiful Petzval lens on the cover. Through this competition, our German-speaking community gets the chance to win three of his audio books as well as his photo book about Ghana. So what do you need to do? Show us your lomographic adventures!