Aside from his stunning aerial photography, George Lawrence also came to be known for making the biggest camera of his time. Read on to find out what his mammoth camera was for!
If the early aerial panoramas taken by American commercial photographer George Lawrence wowed you, wait until you see his other massive project: the world’s largest camera of his time, which he used to photograph Chicago & Alton Railway’s Alton Limited locomotive in 1900.
The camera was designed by Lawrence for a commission, and built by Chicago camera maker J.A. Anderson. The mammoth camera, which weighed 1400 pounds (640 kg) and used a 4.5′ × 8′ glass-plate negative, required 15 men to load it into a large, horse-drawn carriage. It reportedly costed Chicago & Alton Railway $5,000 in order to obtain the largest photograph of the Alton Limited, their pride and joy. The company’s pamphlet, which featured Lawrence’s enormous photo, was entitled “The Largest Photograph in the World of the Handsomest train in the World.”
But, it would be a waste to use that expensive and gigantic camera just once, right? Apparently, Lawrence also used it to take the biggest group shots ever:
For a short time, Blaine Vernicek, otherwise known as clownshoes in our Community, needed to be away from his beloved muse, Miss Katie, and stay in another state because of his new job. But thanks to his Lomo Smena Symbol, he was able to bring with him photographs of his sweetheart that somehow helped him forget the unnerving distance between them. Read on to find out more about this heartwarming story in this installment of My First Lomo Affair!
This week's LomoGuru is perhaps one of the most active members of our Community. Aside from regularly updating his LomoHome with wonderful photographs, he also sets aside time to meet and share insights with his fellow lomographers by attending various lomowalks and lomo-exhibitions. Let's cheer for our latest LomoGuru from Germany, Christoph Maas, also known in the Community as mapix!
He is a graphic designer from Kassel, Germany who has been a Community member for about a decade. His ten-year stay has been remarkably fruitful. Aside from honing his photography skills, it is in this Community of ours where he met his girlfriend, made a lot of friends, and helped organize a huge weekend meet-up for fellow lomographers. Say hello to Daniel Lauterbach, also known as trash-gordon-from-outer-space, our LomoGuru of the Week!
Eric Marais is the founder of the portable dark-room experience, STENOFLEX. We recently had the chance to ask him some questions and he was kind enough to answer us! Read on to find out more about his company, his interest in photography and what's next for STENOFLEX!
Tom Skyrme is a musician from East London who has been shooting on film since he was a kid. His psych-pop band Swim Mountain will be playing live at the Lomography x Nixon Exhibition in Soho on July 24th. We caught up with Tom ahead of this gig to find out what makes him tick.
Aside from having the same passion for photography, Alessia and Alessio also shoot the same camera to document their happy moments together. Let's get to know more about these creative newcomers and their shared LomoHome, alessi_t!
Aside from his amazing analogue photography skills, our newest LomoGuru is also equipped with totally rad fingerboarding tricks. Let's get to know one of the brains behind the successful LomoWochenende 2014, our LomoGuru of the Week, Fabian Schreiter, best-known in the Community as faaabii!
Before the end of 2014, my girlfriend took the plunge of purchasing a rangefinder camera from eBay as a late Christmas gift for me. Let me present to you: the Fed 5. The Fed 5 has been known as a copy of the Leica M3 rangefinder camera. It is inexpensive compared to Leica models. So what are my experiences of using the Fed 5? Read on to find out more.
Jürgen Bürgin finds pleasure in strolling through the hustle and bustle of the world's biggest cities and shooting street photographs without being recognized. For Lomography, however, the Film PR agent and photographer from Berlin took a different path, literally! We gave him a Lomo LC-A+ camera for his journey to the French Provence and waited in anticipation for his travel pictures away from the big city.
Halloween came early this year via the New York Comic Con 2014. Folks from Lomography NYC stepped out from the normal day-to-day scene and into an alternate universe of cosplay, costumes, and creatures. New York Comic Con 2014 was the biggest it's ever been with people from all over country to celebrate their favorite time of year!