On Sept 6th, during the First Thursday Art Walk, the Seattle Lomo Adventure Club invaded the Pioneer Square Saloon to show the city what this creative group of Lomographers has been up to at our bimonthly meets over the past several years. Over 800 shots were collected on the theme: Faces of Seattle and posted up in a continuous Lomowall that completely filled an entire room of the Saloon. Our Opening Night was a crazy adventure indeed.
The Seattle Lomo Adventurer Club (SLAC) has been meeting a couple of times a month for the past several years. Most meets involve us Lomo-walking our way around Pioneer Square shooting the city with our wide variety of lomo and other analogue cameras. During these walks, we almost always meet other creative souls that gravitate to to us at the sight of our collection of cameras. This is how our group continues to grow. It was during one of these walks that we discovered that the Artistic Director at the Pioneer Square Saloon is a complete camera nut….just like the rest of us. She invited our group to put up a show at the Saloon for the month of September. Thus our journey began.
We decided on the Theme: Faces of Seattle. This could be interpreted in any way one saw fit. All submissions had to be taken with analogue cameras. No digital allowed in this show.
We wanted to make our own “lomowalls”…so we purchased 16, 2′ × 4′ panels and began meeting early in August…filling them up with all of the shots that had been collected. These meets, where we got together and actually created the lomowalls…were a total blast. Everyone worked together with ease, humor, and joy.
The same went for our show hanging. Everyone chipped in and the show went up very smoothly…which can somewhat be attributed to the excellent beer selection at the Saloon. Here is Seattle CitySlicker Herbasaurus helping hang the show.
SLAC’rs were also able to submit up to three enlarged pics as their “signature” shots. We had no size limits or framing requirements. We wanted to keep it easy and fun. We have a great collection of creative frame jobs. Including tin-foil…and burnt cardboard frames from lomographer Kimo.
One of the comments that I received from someone who had just randomly walked in, was that it was the first show he had been to that he didn’t feel any exclusivity about. He was excited about lomography and the fact that it was so open and welcoming to all. It reminded me of why I love the online community as well as our local group in Seattle. Lomographers are the best people on the planet.
The crowd grew thick as the night progressed, and SLAC’rs proudly showed off and demonstrated our extremely diverse collection of cameras, and tips and techniques used on the shots in our LomoWall collection.
It was so much fun to see the crowd scrutinizing each and every shot as they migrated throughout the show.
I would encourage anyone…anywhere….to go out and meet other like-minded individuals and create your own family of friends to play with. Our group keeps growing and continues to get better and better. This is our first group show….but the first of many to come, I am sure.
We ended up with the largest crowd the Pioneer Square Saloon has ever seen at any of it’s First Thursday Art Walk openings. The place was packed! We made lots of new friends and picked up more than a few new SLAC’rs. The show will remain up through the month of September…so if you are in Seattle…come down and check it out.