We are all familiar with the 10 Golden Rules here in Lomography and we’ve reiterated that you need not follow all of them when it comes to shooting creative and beautiful photographs. But art pioneer and savant M.C. Escher knew that rules are a good way to illustrate space, time and life in his works. Read on to find out more about the artist and his relationship with symmetry.
Maurits Cornelis Escher was born in Leeuwarden, Friesland (now known as the Netherlands) and started out as a student of the arts at a young age. Talented in art but falling behind in school, Escher developed his craft by studying closely the works of his mentor Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita that would later be his good friend.
Escher’s journey in the arts was characterized by his delicately drawn illustrations that seem to bend time and space as well as exploring the different confines of imagery. His fascination with symmetry and the mathematical occurrences in art and architecture led him to create his most famous works later on. Escher’s skill in woodcuts, lithography and tessellations are still admired up to this day.
Patterns and illustrations stamped with his famous signature “MCE” would soon be museum pieces and popular examples of art intertwining with mathematics or maybe the other way around. Escher was fond of the recurring patterns in the study of math and it greatly influenced his works to create images that bend space and the human understanding of it.
Escher religiously and rigorously followed his rules with his art and created masterpieces that only he can do. He died on March 27, 1972 at an artists’ retirement home where he created the last of his works. The famed graphic artist and mathematical illustrator was 73.
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!
Every lomographer is aware of the Ten Golden Rules, the very essence of our “Don't Think, Just Shoot” philosophy. This set of guidelines tells us to throw away our inhibitions as photogarphers and have fun while taking pictures. Many of us take these rules by heart, but maybe not all of us take them as seriously as our community member pedrosattin, who has made these rules the focus of his personal project.
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As Steve Jobs puts it, "creativity is just connecting things." It's all about tracing one's experiences and pushing the boundaries of what's already known to establish new things. The Lomography community is no stranger to these instances. In fact, the community is filled with brilliant minds who are always ready to refine existing techniques and look for innovative ways to express their visions and ideas. Here are just a few of the creative lomographers we've come to love over the years.
We've got another great opportunity for you to load up on all your favorite films! Today's Advent deal is 10% off of all our films! Keep your holidays classy with one of our awesome black and white films or get creative with one of our Redscale films. Whatever you choose will be a great way to document all the upcoming fesitivities!
Each person sees the world differently. How we see things are affected by our feelings, characteristics, and background. Jorgen Axelvall, a Swedish visual artist and photographer who is currently based in Tokyo, captures through photographs what his creative vision sees. He recreated his world, even with card-sized instant photos. Catch a glimpse of his moody yet tasteful pieces.
Zahir Batin, a Malaysian photographer combines photography with miniature figures to reinterpret Star Wars in his own way. His work features cleverly-placed figurines of Stormtroopers, battle droids, R2-D2, and many Star Wars characters that we are familiar with, changing the concepts of the Star Wars universe.
At the geographic center of the Canadian Maritime Provinces, right at the heart of Moncton city lies the Art Shack, an art supply store and studio. Originally established in Sackville NB, the Art Shack art supply store and studio is run by local artists. It provides a myriad of art materials and framing, and focus an approach of education through art to the surrounding communities. Some of the most iconic Lomography analogue cameras are available at the store.
We asked some of New York’s hottest designers to lend their talent in designing some of our La Sardina DIY cameras, and we are very excited to introduce Marc Scheff. He is a man of many talents--ranging from illustrations to web programming to computer science! He enjoy making things, helping people, and collaborating with other artists.
The brazilian summer inspired camera is now at 20% off! You can now celebrate life in full color and treasure every culture in a snap! This summer is no exception; make sure you’re prepared to capture all the sporty action with the Fisheye No.2 Brazilian Summer Camera!
We think Lomography's 10 Golden Rules can be adapted to cover all manner of subjects, including love. So just in time for Valentines Day, we asked Cupid to swap his bow for a pen and lay down the law ... Read on to find out more!
Adam Bronkhorst is a Brighton-based photographer who focuses on people and portraiture. He teaches all kinds of photography through different means – using a DSLR, studio lighting and even film cameras. His portfolio of work is so stunning, we decided to crown him as one of our Petzval Artists. We let him test the new Petzval lens to its full potential and the results are just beautiful.
Following our introduction about him and his work in black and white last week, we now bring to you Lomography's exclusive interview with New York-based photographer Christopher Lange, in which he discusses all things photography as well as his equally interesting non-photographic pursuits. Oh, and he graciously shares his very own recipe for roast chicken, too!