I owe a lot to my dad - my life, my most treasured camera, and my love of photography.
Even though through most of my youth it was my mother who took most of the pictures, I know my love of photography comes from my dad. The oldest pictures of me were taken by him, home-developed, and hand printed on huge prints. My childhood room had red curtains because it used to be his darkroom. I know that doesn’t quite work – you need total darkness just as much as red safe light – but that was what I was always told about those curtains. I recently found some awesome pictures of my mom, taken by my dad just after they started going out. Looking at these, it comes as no surprise they are still together after almost 50 years!
Pictures are important in our family, and we have rows and rows of albums filled with photographs not only of me and my brothers, but old ones of my dad as well. I love those; they are both hilarious (those shorts on my dad as a toddler! That goatee later on!) and familiar. My dad is 71 now, but I can recognize him instantly in his old school pictures.
Lucky for me, apart from the old (and rather bulky) printing gear, he never threw out his old cameras and other stuff. My most treasured camera is his old Yashica D, and I still use the Seconic light meter he saved for me. Every now and then, when the attic gets cleaned out, some old gadget turns up for me. I love using those not just because they’re cool and vintage, but also because they are a direct link between me and my dad even when these days, living in different towns, we don’t see each other all that often.
I love the different styles of cameras that Lomography has, but I also like to create my own cardboard cameras that use pinholes to be able to take pictures using traditional film. This time I created the Pinhole F, a camera inspired by the Diana F+ and shoots 12 pinhole photos using 120 film.
Photos shot with a New Petzval lens are immediately recognizable for their super-sharp focus areas and wonderful swirly bokeh effect. Each New Petzval lens is crafted from brass (just like the original Petzval lens) and features premium glass optics. Together with Lomography, the lenses have been designed and constructed by a team of optics specialists at the Zenit factory in Russia. Zenit are master lens manufacturers and have the skill to build the Petzval lens for use with today’s SLR cameras.
Where are you headed to this summer? Where I'm from summer has ended too soon, so I'm still daydreaming of sand and seafoam. I decided to check out the archives for some cool beach-y snapshots and came across a lot of interesting underwater photos! Check out my finds after the jump; hopefully this list will inspire you to grab a Fisheye Sub or a Krab, along with your Fisheye cameras and LC-A+, for some underwater adventure.
The people we meet and the places we go to are essential ingredients to making our most treasured memories. To preserve those memories, however, we need a little help from our trusty cameras, and if you want sharper, more vibrant memories with a blanket of vignette and oozing with unique character, hook up your camera with Lomography’s latest innovation, the New Russar+ Lens.
Herbert joined the community only in 2009, but he has been an analogue photography enthusiast perhaps longer than anyone else in the community. His collection is a treasure trove of cameras, lenses, and accessories. Read on to find out about one of the most respected members and camera collectors in the Lomography community, herbert-4, or simply Herbert.
The Zenit MF-1 is an authentic part of the Soviet intelligence arsenal. With a tiny body packed full of fantastic features, this subminiature camera is the choice for espionage missions. With only a handful being produced each year, nows your chance to grab hold of this fine piece of photographic equipment! Grab a piece of Soviet analogue history, this tiny camera was the choice for espionage back in the days! Exclusive shipment from Vienna, Austria
Lubitel for lovers+. You're probably wondering, "Why is there a '+'?" It's to describe and expand a whole new definition of the Lubitel - in this case, this camera is not only for lovers literally, but also for anyone who loves to shoot portraits, street scenes, objects, and the skies. Do you love to take photos of your lover, your dear friend, your lovely family, your pet, or at the streets? This camera can be used in ALL situations. You can shoot everything that you love with it!
The great American photographer David Burnett is famous for his unusual photos of sports competitions. He uses a tilt-shift lens to create miniature fakes, or a simple Holga camera to shoot in black and white. To write this tribute, I used my Holga to take some pictures of amateur sport activities around my city. Take a look after the jump.
In 1958 the great photographer Robert Frank took a series of images of New York's street life with a Leica camera from a bus window, as in these series of photos that I took in my city Como with my trusty Lomo LC-A loaded with a Kodak Tri-X film. This is a tribute to a great camera and to a great photographer! Read more after the jump!
Perhaps you’ve already had chance to try light painting, multiple exposures and long exposures with your Lomo’Instant, but what can you experiment with next? Well, that’s exactly the thought I had which led to giving this Tipster a go. I wanted to shoot Lomo’Instant photos which felt a bit “messier” than what I’m usually used to and to use a technique which would open up new possibilities with the kinds of images I could create with my favorite instant camera. Well, here I go!
Do you still remember your first steps into the amazing and life-changing journey that is film photography? Today, we'd like for you to take us back to the time where it all began, to the camera that started it all, to the very first film photos that made your analogue-loving heart swell with glee!