A small village in La Mancha where, every year just after Easter, you can see the Virgin Mary sprinting down a country road.
It all starts on Easter Sunday. There’s an auction in the main square in the village of San Clemente, 9km from the neighboring hamlet of Rus. Here various groups or “peñas” bid for the honor of carrying the statue of the Virgin Mary in the upcoming procession. Sums of up to 50-60,000 Euros have been known to change hands for the privilege. The auction is over in half an hour. Then a week goes by.
Early in the morning, exactly a week later the Virgin Mary (the “Virgen del Remedio”) is carried on foot, by the winners of the auction, to Rus. They run the whole 9km. Once there, she has a little dance next the “Virgen de Rus”, they change places and at 12pm on the dot the Virgin Mary of Rus is carried from her village to San Clemente…running. When they get to within about 40m of the narrow doorway of the village’s church, they stop. The music gets louder, the carriers begin to “dance” the statue and everyone waits. Then suddenly the dancing stops and the Virgin Mary statue zips through the crowd as the carriers sprint across the square and through the doorway.
Every year in the beginning of September, a small Italian town situated a few miles from my city of Como hosts an ancient fair dedicated to the Virgin Mary: the Fair of Our Lady of Rogoredo. This series of images fresh from my darkroom was taken using a roll of HP5+ film loaded inside my wonderful Horizon Perfekt.
There are small pleasures and big pleasures. A small one, like eating a chocolate after lunch, the first day of summer after a cold spring or finally meeting that girl you see every day on your morning commute can be more satisfying than anything else. As for me, shooting live music shows with the Petzval Lens is one of those small pleasures.
Between the end of July and the beginning of August this year, I traveled around Spain, from Barcelona to Gibraltar, then up to Toledo and again down to Zaragoza. With photos fresh from the lab, I'll show you the wonderful architecture of the City of The Arts and Sciences of Valencia in this article. Take a look after the jump!
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Every summer, my soul screams for a lazy, hot day back at my parents' home, for some good food, relaxation, and catching up with childhood friends. This year is no different, so I went back down to my small hometown in the very northeast of Belgium to enjoy a perfect laid back day doing nothing and everything. And of course, I brought my analogue cameras along to eternalize all of these small but grand moments in life.
I'm Nick Page, a graphic designer based in the UK. After 20 years of working in advertising, I returned to film photography five years ago and found that the analogue life was just what I needed to get away from the "pixel perfect" images I deal with every day in my job.
Every year, just a few weeks before summer, I dedicate a series of photos to the joy of living outdoors in this good season. One of the most common pleasures is taking one's socks and shoes off to feel the first warm rays of sun on our pale feet, which were prisoners inside shoes throughout the long winter season. So, it's time to take off your socks and shoes and relax barefoot! Where? Of course, on the walls surrounding the beautiful lake! Take a look!
Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected - the image doesn't look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn't be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice... use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.
On April 11, Lomography UK will be celebrating Film Photography Day in style. We will be running a Konstruktor workshop and our very first LC-A 120 workshop. We will also be launching a brand new exhibit by our community members. There will be prizes, free drinks, and a camera piñata, too!