Paintball Battlegrounds Given a Vintage Look by Civil War Era Photographic Techniques

2

With retro-looking photos being all the rage these recent years (oh, the irony, I know), it's not surprising how many photographers have picked up a film camera or two to make their vintage-y snaps as authentic as they can get. The modern-day paintball battleground photos you are about to see after the jump is one such example--taken using a camera and photographic techniques from the Civil War Era!

Photos by Eric Omori

At first glance, the photos taken by Eric Omori appear to be of gruesome battles from centuries ago, but a closer look will reveal that they’re actually modern-day paintball battlegrounds. What gives them that antiquated look is — you guessed it — the camera and photographic techniques he used to take the photographs.

For the past two years, the 23-year-old photographer and lab tech has been making rounds at the paintball fields in his area in Southern California, photographing scenes of simulated war games and the “soldiers” at play using a Civil War Era camera. The images, which are part of his series aptly called “Weekend Warriors,” are developed in the wet collodion process, resulting in amazing yet fragile photographs printed on clear glass plates. Aside from looking convincingly vintage, the photographs have imperfections that have become a part of the image and lend a charm that only such antiquated photographic equipment and processes can deliver.

“By utilizing this civil war era photographic process in relation to painball, a simulated war game, I am attempting to draw comparisons to art history practices using a more contemporary subject matter,” Omori tells of his impressive wet collodion work.

See more photos from Eric Omori’s Weekend Warriors series and other works on his official website.

All information for this article were sourced from Eric Omori's Website and Flavorwire

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-01-17 in #lifestyle #wet-collodion #wet-collodion-photography #lomography #wet-plate #eric-omori #paintball-grounds #analogue-lifestyle #film-photography

2 Comments

  1. twinklecat
    twinklecat ·

    Oh my god, this is brilliant and hilarious. love the group shot!

  2. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    I used to be involved in Civil War Reenacting, and these are great!

More Interesting Articles

  • Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii's Amazing Color Photos of Imperial Russia

    written by chooolss on 2014-06-14 in #lifestyle
    Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii's Amazing Color Photos of Imperial Russia

    These photographs not only provide a rare glimpse to the Russian Empire as it was more than a hundred years ago, they also are outstanding examples of a now obsolete photography technique. Learn the story behind Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii's photographs and how they were taken after the cut!

  • Photographer Michael Ciavolino Tells the Story Behind 'Boat Ride, Rye Beach' (1962)

    written by chooolss on 2014-06-27 in #lifestyle
    Photographer Michael Ciavolino Tells the Story Behind 'Boat Ride, Rye Beach' (1962)

    Photographs with sprocket holes exposed are practically a dime a dozen these days but, of course, this wasn't the case more than 50 years ago. However, former freelance photographer Michael Ciavolino was already able to create one of the earliest examples of this technique back in the early '60s in his groundbreaking photograph called "Boat Ride, Rye Beach." Find out the fascinating story behind this photo, as well as how and why he did it in this exclusive Lomography feature!

  • Finding Humanity in the Streets with Soomin Yim

    written by chooolss on 2014-11-12 in #lifestyle
    Finding Humanity in the Streets with Soomin Yim

    Stop bath is a type of chemical used in the darkroom for processing black and white film, aptly named as such because it halts the development of the images. In this case, stop bath is also part of the title that Korean analogue street photographer <b><a href="http://instagram.com/sooeatsyourstreetforbreakfast">Soomin Yim</a></b> has given her body of work, "Stop Bath the City," to represent the forgotten faces of people in the city amid rapid modernization, captured and immortalized on black and white film.

  • Shop News

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply without hurting your budget. At 30% off you can now experiment with 8 sequential shots in one 35mm print! Tell stories in 2.5 seconds with 8 scenes in one shot!

  • A Beach Holiday in St. Gilles Croix de Vie, 1981

    written by wesco on 2014-08-30 in #lifestyle
    A Beach Holiday in St. Gilles Croix de Vie, 1981

    While I was browsing through my first photo album, I came across a series of photos taken in 1981 during a beach holiday at the French coastal village of St. Gilles Croix de Vie in Vendee. I took these photographs with my first camera that I received for my 11th birthday. Have a look!

  • Explore: Cusco, Peru

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-05-06 in #world #locations
    Explore: Cusco, Peru

    As camera-toting, wanderlust-driven adventurers, we are always seeking for the most intriguing places to visit and immortalize in our travel snaps. One such spot, without a doubt, is the historic city of Cusco in Peru. If you haven't been to this fascinating historic town, we're sure you'd be making plans for a visit after browsing through the photos taken by our fellow lomographers!

    5
  • What to Shoot with the New Russar+ Lens

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-04-12 in #lifestyle
    What to Shoot with the New Russar+ Lens

    As the mother of all modern wide-angle lenses, the New Russar+ Lens shoots sharp wide-angle photos bursting with character. The solid yet compact ultra-wide 20mm lens can be used to photograph practically anything, and is compatible with a variety of film and digital cameras. Certainly this is a lens that delivers, but like anything, you can reap its full potential by choosing ideal subjects and shooting from a creative perspective.

  • Shop News

    Lubitel & film bundle

    Lubitel & film bundle

    This beautiful camera features such ability to let users choose and switch between 35mm or 120 formats! Shoot more, save more! Get this Lubitel camera and get 15% discounts with Lomography Films!

  • Photo of the Day by robertofiuza

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-30 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by robertofiuza

    Left your splitzer at home? Make use of your surroundings to create a perfect symmetrical image. Take a cue from our winning Photo of the Day!

    2
  • Proofbook is our LomoHome of the Day!

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-30 in #world #news
    Proofbook is our LomoHome of the Day!

    From everyone here in Lomography, congratulations to proofbook for winning Home of the Day!

    1
  • Object of My Affection: Subbuteo

    written by sirio174 on 2015-03-30 in #world #lifestyle
    Object of My Affection: Subbuteo

    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.

  • Shop News

    Uncrate Long Lost Lomography Treasures - 30% Off in our Discount Section

    Uncrate Long Lost Lomography Treasures - 30% Off in our Discount Section

    Fly over to our 30% Discount Section to discover previously unavailable Editions & Clones! Be quick and make one yours before they are all gone again!

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Kevin Law

    written by candilsw on 2015-03-30 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Kevin Law

    Kevin Law, a young photographer from Hong Kong specializing in shooting portraits, wedding events, and street snaps, likes to utilize natural lighting and colors to tell the story. Most importantly, he fell in love with the Petzval Art Lens immediately after his first try!

  • Join Us For a Day of Fun This Film Photography Day 2015 at NYC!

    written by givesmehell on 2015-03-30 in #people #events
    Join Us For a Day of Fun This Film Photography Day 2015 at NYC!

    Lomography NYC is celebrating Film Photography Day for the third consecutive year. We are inviting all lomographers and analog enthusiasts to mark your calendars and come join us on Saturday, April 11. To commemorate this day, we have organized an exciting line-up of events including live music and drinks!

  • Now Available From Lomography: Fuji Instax Wide 300 Instant Camera

    written by shhquiet on 2015-03-30 in #gear #news
    Now Available From Lomography: Fuji Instax Wide 300 Instant Camera

    We are delighted to announce the newest camera from Fuji, the Fuji Instax WIDE 300, is now available in the Lomography Online Shop!