To explore the different facets of Paris a visit to one of the multi-ethnic neighbourhoods like Belleville should be a must. A district of Paris full of diverse cultures and other surprises in its side alleys.
Prior to my short trip to Paris I thought I could ask some Parisian Lomographers if they would share some insider tips with me. I was particularly interested in the non-typical-tourists-sightseeing-places. One of the kind lomographers was adbigmilk who recommended Belleville to me.
Leaving the Metrostation you can already see a little Chinatown with lots of Chinese restaurants. Every few steps you hear people speaking different languages and come across different cultures. What really impressed us was the Rue Dénoyez, a little side alley with little stores, galleries and walls covered with artistic graffiti. We were able to watch some people designing plant pots which should decorate the street afterwards.
Unfortunately we couldn’t stay that long in Belleville because our TO-VISIT list was still long and our time short. But it was definitely worth the visit and I can only recommend it. So if you’re visiting Paris and you’re still hungry for other interesting motives after you’ve seen the nostalgic and historic sides of Paris. My tip: Visit Belleville and spend at least a few hours there!
I have been constantly returning to the Sahara, and my last visit was the fifth in a row. Every visit was full of excitement and surprises. I feel like this place has become my second home. This year, I decided to travel there for a fortnight.
A self-portrait may take root in confidence, extreme shyness or alternate bouts of each. Leanne Surfleet goes through this kind of fluctuation when the camera is all eyes. The attraction—as far as we’re concerned—is the mix of uncertainty and a kind of quiet poise. And here and there, a flash of skin that is more a mystery than full-on revelation. Even Surfleet’s portraits of other people have the same hushed invite, as if to say questions are encouraged. There we took our cue.
James Petrozzello is a New York based photographer currently residing in Brooklyn. He is a full time photographer and has shot portraits of Mick Jagger, Bill Clinton, Wane Gretzky, and Shaquille O’Neal, among others. He took a different approach to shooting with the Petzval Lens and tells us of his unique but interesting series of photographs in this interview.
Pixelstick is exactly the must-get tool to create mind-blowing light paintings with different colours and patterns: 1.8 meter long, 200 full colour and high fidelity LEDs! Grab your camera with long exposure mode and a tripod, and you can create dozens of dreamy pictures just by moving your Pixelstick in the dark. Take a peep at our friends from Lomography Hong Kong’s shots with the Pixelstick!
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.
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.
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!
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.