Here is the next installment of my Memories of Japan series: a peek at the sights of Takayama and the experience of staying in a ryokan! You can't miss it!
Following our stay in Hakone, we arrived eagerly arrived in Takayama. We stayed at the Ryokan Oyado Kot No Yume, a Japanese traditional hostel where you can enjoy tatami floors, thermal springs (onsen), gardens and sophisticated food with traditional dishes.
Just as we arrived, we were asked to take off our shoes and then we were offered some green tea. Then a kind guy asked us to follow him to what looked like a souvenir shop, and I thought “what a strange thing, doesn’t seem like normal Japanese behavior and I don’t want to buy anything!”, but he didn’t want to sell us anything! He just wanted asked us to chose a kimono for the traditional dinner we had booked.
We got to our beautiful Japanese room and… what a mess! I had no clue how to get into the kimono, so I was thankful a very kind lady came and help me.
My companion had no trouble whatsoever to get into his clothing though… he was a japanese hero.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner and went for a walk around town with our clothes. Very touristy, but I have to recognize it was a great night.
The next morning, we took a bath in the onsen and then we hired a couple bikes to go around the ryokan. It was amazing! We enjoyed seeing the typical houses, the narrow streets, the beautiful gardens and a few temples that conveyed a peace hard to find in large Japanese cities.
If you visit Japan, don’t hesitate to spend at least a night in a ryokan. There are a few that are really expensive, but you can also find some with more affordable prices and you will have a great time all the same. I would have liked more if the onsen in our ryokan were outdoors, but I still enjoyed the experience.
In the third installment of his travel series, lomographer Andrea Russo recalls their experiences during the sixth day of their stay in Iceland - seeing massive blue and white icebergs at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, petting Icelandic ponies, having a chance, up-close encounter with wild reindeer, and witnessing a breathtaking show of the aurora borealis.
I prefer being outdoors whenever I go on a vacation at the seaside. For this reason, I always choose to stay at a campsite instead of a hotel. This year, I stayed at a beautiful one in the south of Italy. Here is a series of photos which I received a few days ago from the excellent LomoLab service, taken with my Sprocket Rocket. Have a look after the jump!
<i>Editor's Note: The past several years saw <b><a href="http://www.lomography.com/homes/maliha">Maliha</a></b> frequently moving from one place to another, a sort of nomad who likes the thrill of starting anew and finding her place in every city she stays at. In the last decade she has spent in the USA, Maliha has stayed at six different cities in five different states. Currently, Maliha is based in Denver, Colorado, and "Transient Living," a new series in the Lomography magazine, documents her experiences and the ways that she has come to call this city her home.</i>
Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.
For the last year we've been working on the next version of Lomography. We based our work on the feedback you’ve given us over the years and we wanted to share it as early as possible with you and can’t wait to hear what you think. Just one warning first: it is still in development and things can break. All the photos, comments, likes, homes and everything else were transferred as of October 16th, 2014. So anything you do on next.lomography.com won't be reflected on www.lomography.com and vice versa. Once we are done with testing, everything you did here will be deleted again. So this is a big playground for you to explore.
Ever since light painting was invented, it inspired artists from all around the globe to magical creations that capture hidden movements and reinvent the world we live in. "Life is a fairy tale, stay wild little child!" is what they want to tell us. Bringing light to life became the next challenge for anyone rigged with a film camera and a creative mind.
Now, how can you take your analogue light paintings from the ordinary to the outstanding? After the carriage came the car, so we definitely need some spacy inventions to follow the old school light pen. So here it is, our new best friend: The Pixelstick!
If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!
It is always a pleasant experience collaborating with our old friends and LomoAmigos. This time, Emily Soto shot another wonderful series with her Petzval Art Lens. We can't wait to share it with everyone, so here they are!
Lomography is proud to be a sponsor of Fotofilmic '14, a global film photography publication and curation platform dedicated to emerging and unknown photographic talents attached to film worldwide. Come celebrate with us at the opening reception in Vancouver! In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of the top winners of Fotofilmic '14!
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C/O Berlin is a foundation, thus independent from state grants and capitalist interests. It is focused on fostering contemporary and young-blooded photography. In 14 years, the team has grown from three founders to a group of 53 people that guarantees independent exhibitions. After many years of residing in the "Postfuhramt" in Berlin Mitte, this extraordinary cultural institution has found a new place to stay for the next 16 years: the Amerika Haus.
This is my experience with the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 (120), my first medium format film. It's an adventure that started when I got a Lubitel 2, to finally shoot with it. In this article, you'll find detailed information about color schemes, the advantages of shooting in medium format, and the differences between standard redscale films. Here are the results of a day of shooting outside, which I recently got back from the lab.
I've been experimenting with many substances, more or less corrosives, for film manipulation. The images come out so different, that sometimes you can't even recognize them. The pictures in this experiment are a result of mixing bleach and detergent powder.