Brighton University art student Lauren Shields is walking in the footsteps Man Ray and Picasso by exploring cameraless photography. Photograms are created by exposing objects directly on light-sensitive photo paper and Shields, inspired by water as a metaphor of life and death, chose rivers and ponds as her medium.
“I like to use water in my work because it is a great metaphor for life and death; it is integral to everything we do. The use of water also allows the work to become very physical – I immerse myself in the environment to create the work. For me, on the surface the work encapsulates a number of qualities I’m interested in; which include colour (which is created on the paper—not photoshop), nature and the environment.”
“Beneath the surface, they represent personal stories such as the death of my dad when I was 6 years old; which shadows most of my work. I used frogspawn in some of the work – a great metaphor for life and protection. But it’s the ethereality and mysterious qualities of the work which for me, represent my dads death. I use the environment of the river and the materials within it such as plants, silt and creatures, to create compositions which appear celestial – and sometimes almost heavenly. Creating these photograms also allow me to show what’s underneath the surface, whats invisible and not entirely present, just like my dad.”
This is definitely an interesting technique for Lomographers to try and an inspiring story by the artist. What do you think of cameraless photography or photograms?
Warm tones, subtle grains, beautiful moments of everyday life – the photos by Esben Bøg Jensen, a young and talented photographer from Denmark, let us escape into our memories and dream about a never-ending spring. We talked to the photographer himself and couldn’t help feeling a pleasant wave of joy overcoming us. Read on and get inspired to search for the moments that make us feel alive.
Anything can happen in an instant, right? This is also true with instant snapshots taken with the Lomo LC-A+ camera and LC-A Instant Back+ accessory. Here's a quick look at the bizarre, unpredictable world of LC-A+ Instants!
In December last year James Wright, editor and creative director of So It Goes Magazine, went on a two-week trip to Sri Lanka, "a place so long on our bucket list, but up until then, as yet unvisited," he writes on the first of his three-part photo diary. Herein is the first of his series that chronicles his adventures, highlighted by a selection of breathtaking images of the Sri Lankan countryside and the locals, among many other images, captured with his trusty photographic companions: the Leica MP, Lomo LC-A+, and an assortment of films including the LomoChrome Purple.
In celebration of the mindblowing solar eclipse we had the other day, we ran a competition and asked you to tag your analogue photos centered around our great big yellow friend! Check out the winners now!
Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)
Simeon Smith is a musician who recorded the sounds of our film cameras in action and made these samples available as a free download. We couldn't resist interviewing him about this project and taking a look at some of his photos. Meet the man behind the cams here.