Last Thursday I went to the Diana Baby release party at the Lomography Gallery Store in Amsterdam. As the dresscode was black & blue I decided to give myself a smashing manicure, and a Tipster for all of you nailpolish fans out there!
What you need:
Nailpolish in the colors black, silver (or grey) and blue
Dotting tool (or an empty ballpoint pen, toothpick)
Cotton swabs to clean up spillage you might have
Tip: allow some time for frying inbetween the layers that you paint (yes, even the small dots). About a minute or 30 should be enough.
Apply a layer of base coat to your nails. This is to prevent the nailpolish colors to damage your nails and gives you a nice even base.
Apply black nailpolish onto your nails. Depending on how opaque your nailpolish is you may have to apply 2 layers.
Apply a small streak of blue on the ends of your nails (like you do with a French manicure)
Get your dotting tool. Dotting WHAT?! A dotting tool is a stick with a little ball at the end that nail stylists use to apply nailart. I just find them handy to have around for all sorts of crafts. If you don’t have them, a toothpick or (empty!) ballpoint pen will also do the trick.
Apply a big silver (or grey) dot to your nails aproximately in the middle of the black area. This is easily done by stroking your dotting tool (or toothpick, etc) past the nailpolish brush and then carefully dip the tool onto your nail.
As soon as the silver layer is dry, repeat the dotting action with black. This way it looks like a camera lens!
Get another toothpick and apply a little square box in the middle of the blue stripe above the lens in silver (or grey). Nbow your Diana nails have a view finder!
To seal in the design apply a layer of topcoat. Unnecessary, but I find it keeps everything in place so I can keep the same manicure for 2 – 4 days.
Last Sunday, a great yoga event was held in Cernobbio, a small tourist town near the city of Como. Local association Breathe Como made a performance of power yoga exercises to raise funds for Africa. I developed the film a few days ago, and today I'll show the photos to you! I call this "Fresh From My Darkroom" because I developed the black and white films by myself! Take a look!
I don't care if this film has been reviewed a zillion times, that it has already been discontinued, or that there might be a Japanese version of it. The Agfa CT Precisa that I know gives me the blues. Oh, yes - not a Chelsea FC fan, but this film is all about the color blue. Say hello to the blues!
Last month, Lomography Gallery Store Soho held an exhibition of photographs taken at the Nixon Surf Challenge in Russia. Free drinks and live music from Swim Mountain overflowed at the opening party. Using the Petzval lens and a star-shaped aperture plate to give a beautifully soft, dreamy effect, the folks at the Soho Gallery Store created a video of the event. Watch this video after the jump.
I went to the Victoria & Albert Museum's Friday Late, an event that takes place every last Friday evening of the month. For March 2014, the London borough of Tottenham was invited to curate an evening of creativity. There were a number of events that went on ranging from music and art to fashion and film. Accompanied by my LC-A+ and Fisheye No. 2, here are my highlights of that evening in photographs.
Two years ago I swore to myself, I'll be coming back soon!" This October my chance finally came and I flew for the second time to New York City to visit my dear colleagues in the Lomography Gallery Store New York. What I didn’t see coming, though, is the opportunity to test a new secret film during my trip.
The time has come to launch our amazing new Lomography Art Lens - the Petzval lens. What better way to celebrate than by throwing a party on August 21 at the Lomography Gallery Store Soho? There will be live music from London-based folk singer Denai Moore, lots of bubbly and the chance to meet the lens face-to-face! Read on for full details.
This article is a tribute to the great Portuguese film director Manoel de Oliveira, who died last April 2. With an old Praktica loaded with a roll of black and white film, I captured so enthusiastically his city Oporto (Porto) with its famous Ribeira district, the most characteristic of the Lusitanian town. It was here that more than 70 years ago, Manoel De Oliveira created a timeless masterpiece: "Aniki-Bòbò"!
My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. March was for caffenol. You have probably heard of the amazing fact that you can develop black and white photos with coffee, sodium, and vitamin C. I had tried this before but with less than stellar results. Somehow, there's always something going wrong. Time to devote a few rolls to caffenol to finally get the hang of it.
We are extremely excited to announce our brand new Kickstarter project — the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens! Rejoicing in the 175 year anniversary of Joseph Petzval’s first lens, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is a continuation of the legacy that began in 1840.