This week’s Throwback Thursday feature goes all the way back to the Roaring Twenties again as restored colour footage of 1920s London made rounds online earlier this month.
“It’s like a beautifully dusty old postcard you’d find in a junk store, but moving.”
The footage above was filmed in 1926 by pioneer filmmaker Claude Friese-Greene for his cross-country travelogue The Open Road. Restored by the British Film institute back in 2007, it gives us a beautifully soft and enchanting glimpse of what it was like in the era – a startling contrast to today’s brighter and sharper images.
“Friese-Greene’s London footage was filmed on his homecoming after an 840-mile road trip across Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats. An early innovator of colour technology, Friese-Greene developed a system initiated by his father, using colour-sensitive black and white film shot and projected via green and red filters. His 1925 road trip exploited this method to capture a precious record of British life, intended to be shown in cinemas as 26 separate episodes.” — Samuel WIgley, British Film Institute
The story between the Spinner 360 and I goes way back to the year 2010, when Lomography decided to send me a beta model of the Spinner 360 to test. It was a complete surprise! I thought, "What the hell is that?" as I first took this camera out of the package. Then, when my little brother grabbed it from me and pulled the cord, it buzzed and turned 360°! We all had the same expression: "Whoa..."
I backed the Kickstarter project for the Lomo’Instant earlier this year and was thrilled to receive it last week. I love how the camera naturally encourages you to experiment with its different features, whether it’s through flashing your multiple exposures with different colors or trying different creative techniques after your shots has been ejected. Here are a few tips from what I’ve discovered from playing with the camera so far (and a couple of tips I want to try out in future)!
As if there weren't already enough reasons to get yourself to the Photokina, Lomography's at it again... literally. This year, we're taking our stand back to the photography trade show spectacle and would love to see you all there!
Stephen Shore introduced to the 70s art world an unadorned image of American life. He captured littered restaurant tables as other photographers would immaculate vistas. For the opening of “American Surfaces”, he even taped unframed snapshots on gallery walls. In these videos, Shore talks about objects that have “no pretention to art” and the things he learned from Andy Warhol.
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.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens 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!
These glossy pages do not just boast of the world’s finest pictures. They are a blueprint of what it means to have photography in the world. Musée de l'Elysée has unzipped its vast archive to showcase these precious pages to the public.