This week’s entry for the Snippets and Vignettes series is something that you’d expect to see on the vast confines of the Internet. We’ve had gifs for the past 26 years but it has never been such a big hit until now. Being named as the Oxford Dictionary’sWord of the Year for 2012, the looping animations are used to convey feelings, reactions or just illustrate quirky animation on social media, blogs or websites.
That’s why these cool gifs made by anonymous art collective RRRRRRRROLL are giving us quite a dizzy head with all the spinning. Five photographers put up these gifs of objects and even people (!) that just spin around a single axis. Results vary from cute-looking-girls-riding-miniature-cars to dizzying-spin-ride-on-a-log-in-the-middle-of-the-forest kind of interesting. This cool art collective uses minimalist themes in their gifs. Who would’ve known that spinning objects can create such a huge following?
Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.
In spite of being a trained photographer, Ines quit her job and continued with photography only as a hobby. She still finds time to create beautiful, expressive portraits, which she recently did this in her hometown, Brunswick, and transformed the city into a quintessential dream setting with a unique swirly bokeh effect. Her weapon of choice? The New Petzval Art Lens, of course!
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UK-based photographer Nicolette Clara Iles embraces all the soft nuances and aesthetics of film photography. She has worked with The Guardian, NME and Oh Comley Magazine, among others. Her new series of surreal images, created with the Petzval 85 Lens and LomoChrome Purple and LomoChrome Turquoise film, are mystic tales helmed by otherworldly characters, shedding an almost eerie light into the imagination and creativity of the artist.
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.
Kevin Meredith, more popularly known as LomoKev, is a photographer based in Brighton, England who gained notoriety for his use of the Lomo LC-A and his lomographic style of creating images. Aside from a plethora of personal and commercial projects, he has also conducted workshops on photography, written and published photography-related books, and participated in a few exhibits. With his evident passion for photography, it comes as no surprise that he was selected to test a prototype of the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens.
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Reminiscent of traveling photographers of the 19th century, Giles Clement tours through the country with his assistant, Zeiss (an Irish Terrier), offering everything from portrait sessions to wildly creative photographic projects for magazines and companies. And although his mode of transportation may have evolved with the times, his photographic method and gear have changed very little compared to the photographers of days past. Now, with over 3 years of tintyping experience under his belt and an impressive list of clients, he's carved a name out for himself as an accomplished tintyper and continues to spread his passion for this ages-old technique everywhere he goes.
Autochrome was one of the first strides toward color photography. The combination of potato starch grains and silver bromide produces a cloudy cast that makes buildings like Villa Bonnier look even more intriguing.