"Please Don’t Smile" is a series of full-body portraits taken by Malte Wandel over the nine months that he spent living in Ghana in 2011.
Please Don't Smile features an array of characters — some who Wandel knew personally, and some he spontaneously photographed on the street — providing an inside look on the lives of those living in West Africa.
“Discreetly, he approaches passers-by, places eccentric individuals and representatives of unknown subcultures centre-frame and allows us an unusual view into life and personalities in today’s West Africa. Directly and unmodified, Wandel’s work deals with a wide variety of characters and the circumstances of their lives – during their hard daily work but also in their leisure time. – About, Please Don’t Smile
Fascinating, isn’t it? You can check out more of Wandel’s work here.
Opening today, "The Way We Live" features a selection of images by photographer and LomoAmigo Kate Bellm and site-specific work by artist Edgar Lopez Arrelano. Please note that one of the images in this post is NSFW.
In a previous feature, Wilson Lee of Teeny Life Photography shared portraits he shot with the Petzval Bokeh Control 58mm Art Lens. Proving that he is as talented in travel photography as he is in portraiture, he provides a scenic tour of Kansai with photos taken using the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens, and talks about the experience.
James Petrozzello is a New York based photographer currently residing in Brooklyn. He is a full time photographer and has shot portraits of Mick Jagger, Bill Clinton, Wane Gretzky, and Shaquille O’Neal, among others. He took a different approach to shooting with the Petzval Lens and tells us of his unique but interesting series of photographs in this interview.
My name is Amber Valentine and I have a confession to make: I’m not really a photographer. I have a website full of photographs, a bookshelf full of cameras, film waiting to be developed, and a wall full of framed pictures I’ve taken. Even so, I don’t really consider myself a photographer per se. I think that Lomography is more about the experimentation and the fun of film than it is about the photography, and that experimentation is part of the reason I have embraced Lomography so.
For Crow, his LC-Wide, which he fondly calls Elsie, is the perfect camera for his "Don't think, just shoot" attitude. He takes it wherever he goes and even uses the camera to teach his daughter about photography. In this interview, he shares more about his love for the LC-Wide plus some of the photographs taken by his young apprentice.
Harvey Wang has spent much of his career photographing vanishing traditions. Now that his own field is in a transition to digital, he explores the implications with Elliott Erwitt, Sally Mann and Jerome Liebling.
This is your last chance to participate in the exciting series of free classes hosted by Skillshare and Lomography, as well as participate in our rumble! Discover the full potential of your Lomography cameras through these classes and stand a chance to win a Diana Deluxe Kit and a full year of premium membership at Skillshare!
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
Her photos are distinctly romantic and brimming with artistry. Although Emily Soto is known for her high-fashion portraits and boasts of a portfolio that speaks of her magazine experience, her work, when crafted with the right concept and aptly art directed, tethers on fine art. This series of emotive fashion portraits taken with the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens is no exception.
"Don't say you're color blind, that's why we're here again." Over the weekend, the people of New York City united as one in support of diversity and justice for all, regardless of skin color or race. Black lives matter.
The young artist and Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson published on his agency's website an awesome photo series, one of the images in it a great symbol of freedom, joy of living outdoors, purity, innocence, candor, and girlhood: the bare sole of a female lifted up, taken at the Central Park in New York. Like many other great Magnum photographers, Anderson explored this interesting body part through photographs. For this tribute, I chose a series of bare foot images I took along the promenade of the lake Como. Take a look!