While writing the latest installment of with my lighthouse-themed Beacons Beckoning series, I got curious about the lonely sentinels of the sea elsewhere in the world, captured by my fellow lomographers on film.
As I browsed through the photos from the rolls I had gotten back from the lab these past months, I got reminded of the beach trip I had with my family in Bolinao, Pangasinan just before 2013 ended. One of the spots I insisted we visit in town was the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, one of the beautiful lighthouses in the Philippines that I want to visit. Writing about it rekindled my determination for this travel goal, especially since I might get a second attempt at visiting the Capones Island Lighthouse in Zambales (which I only managed to see and photograph from a distance) around a month from now.
Curiosity eventually drove me to browse through the beautiful film photographs of lighthouses elsewhere in the world taken by my fellow lomographers. Searching and flipping through thousands of lighthouse lomographs made my heart swell with glee and wanderlust; I can hardly wait to fly, sail, and drive to another beautiful beacon beckoning for me, sitting next to a stunning seaside scenery.
Here are a handful of my postcard-worthy favorites:
I recommend playing in the background the aptly-titled song by dream pop duo Memoryhouse below as you flip through the selection above!
This article is dedicated to the multifaceted American photographer George Krause and to his series depicting funeral monuments realized between 1962 and 1963. I was able to know about this series thanks to an important essay on photography written by former Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Director of Photography, John Szarkowski. For this tribute, I loaded my trusty Praktica camera with a roll of Ilford film and took a series of photos in the Monumental Cemetery in my city, Como. Take a look!
It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.
We all know about 35mm and 120 film, right? And since Lomography re-introduced 110 film, we have another film format to play with. But in the years past, many more film formats were in use. Let me introduce you to a few golden oldies and tell you about my experiences with them. I'll start with Rapid film.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos 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!
After a fully booked 2015, photographer Chloé Vollmer-Lo found time to test the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens. She brought it to the Natural History Museum and the Paris business district, an endeavor that resulted in quite a few stunning, bokeh-rich images.
Ella Lama is a letterer and illustrator based in Manila, Philippines. Her work is a perfect mix of good cheer and unfeigned creativity. Recently, she designed a Lomo'Instant White camera with cute and playful illustrations inspired by her Japan trip.
Aside from photography, newcomer Dmitri Berenger enjoys a multitude of hobbies including gardening, watching movies, and discovering music. In this interview, he talks about his photographic style, his inspirations, choosing film cameras over digital gear, and many more.
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London based photographer Cat Stevens uses the softer, more subtle aesthetics of film photography throughout her work. Her shoots consist of the familiar light leaks and washed out tones that most film shooters will be familiar with. She has photographed artists such as Deerhunter, PJ Harvey and recently took a series of sun drenched beach shots which adorned The Charlatans' last album cover titled "Modern Nature."