This year for my other half's birthday, I decided to reignite his passion for photography and buy him a classic SLR camera that he absolutely adores.
Dave had been borrowing an SLR off his family for quite some time when he decided that he wanted one of his very own. He got himself a second hand, and slightly battered Pentax K1000 quite early on in his Lomography days, and some of his photos from our first Lomo trip together in Chester at Christmas 2010 (organised by the lovely Johnccc).
He used that camera so so much when he first got it and he was always super pleased with the results. It even lead to him writing an article about his “Secondhand Love Affair” with the Pentax (you can read this article here) where he sadly goes on to detail how the wind on mechanism kept sticking. In spite of his usual ability to fix things that are broken, he was unable to salvage his favorite camera. He has kept an eye out for them throughout this year but sadly has had no luck and the prices on ebay have been mighty high. I was really sad for him as he took some great shots on it during it’s early days, below are some of my favorites.
This year for his birthday I had already got him gig tickets but I really wanted him to have something to unwrap. Therefore I had some friends on the lookout for me at camera fairs and they managed to pick up an excellent bargain that I could gift to him this year. He was over the moon and has just started shooting with the Pentax K1000 again and going on about how brilliant it is. Fingers crossed that this one lasts a long time and gives him more results like this.
Not long after Alex Timmermans purchased his first digital camera at the turn of the century, he quickly realized the trappings of digital photography couldn't fulfill his personal photographic desires. He then began searching for a more challenging process — one that wasn't so predictable. His journey eventually landed him back at the roots of analogue photography, specifically employing the wet plate collodion process using original Petzval lenses. This antique photographic process found in him a renewed inspiration and has since become his passion, which is evident in both his words and his images.
Exactly seven years ago, I bought this camera from Indonesia's local Lomography community. I remember having some savings in my bank account and just spending it all on this camera. At that time, I browsed the microsite for the Lomography Fisheye No.2 and immediately fell in love with it! Coincidentally, my friend who introduced me to Lomography just bought this same camera for his birthday. My life has changed ever since I had the Fisheye, my first lomographic camera.
We're back with another great Advent deal! Perfect for DIY folks, the Konstruktor is 15% off and not only that — all of our plastic bodied cameras share the same discount! So give the gift of analogue photography this year and head on over to the Online shop or your nearest Gallery Store.
In my early adolescence, I liked to play table football. For my 12th birthday, my parents gifted me with a wonderful Subbuteo table soccer game set that I had wished for many months! This was my favorite toy until I discovered other interesting hobbies, like ham radio and electronics. So after some years, I gave away this game to other kids. I always remembered this game with pleasure and a hint of nostalgia.
Blaine Vernicek carries on his father's passion for photography and collecting cameras. Cleaning an old office building owned by his family, he discovered a stash of old still and movie cameras and decided to keep them.
Michael Feurstein is not only a software developer, new media enthusiast and drum/saxophone player — he's also an avid pinholer! The Viennese multitasker started shooting pinhole when he got an ONDU camera for his 30th birthday and has now begun to rediscover his beautiful city through a pinhole photography project. Get to know more about his project and new-found passion for pinhole photography!
I initially backed our Petzval Kickstarter project so i would have a really nice Christmas present for my father. However with Christmas coming closer and closer, I decided that this lens would be a much more fitting gift for myself!
It's a huge pleasure to introduce our latest LomoAmigo, the fantastically gifted musician James Vincent McMorrow. This year, James launched his new album 'Post Tropical' and we couldn't wait to put a La Sardina camera in hands to play with for the Summer. He took the camera with him on his tour and snapped some truly cool shots. Check them out and read our interview with James below!
Say hello to Duffman, a 20-year-old photographer based in Frankfurt, Germany. He started taking film photos when he received a Diana F+ camera for his 16th birthday. Now he uses the Petzval Lens for capturing really impressive portraits. Get to know more about him after the jump!
Previously a music journalist, Stephen Dowling now writes for the BBC. If that isn't interesting enough, London-based writer is also passionate about film photography. He has blog called zorkiphoto where he writes about all his favourite cameras and film types. The folks over at Lomography UK lent him an LC-A 120 and, as you'll see in a bit, he managed to get some wonderful shots.
My passion for old and analogue cameras hadn't stayed unnoticed among my friends and acquaintances. Which is why I've received cameras as gifts for many times now. My Agfa Clack is an example. It's about 60 years old, fully functional, and a real film eater.
My brother had a photo exhibition last year at the North Sea Jazz Festival and got two tickets. So just like the old days with our father, we went to the Ahoy Rotterdam for an evening of jazz and other music. I was armed with an analogue SLR camera, telephoto lens, and sensitive film!