Ever since I moved back home to Puerto Rico, I rarely get to see my nephew Dorian (who lives in New York), but when I do see him, I’m constantly taking pictures of him.
Taking pictures of my nephew is a lot of fun, not only because he’s so cute but also because it can be quite challenging. Dorian loves to run around, so taking pictures of him is not an easy task. Recently, I discovered a trick to get him to calm down long enough for me to take some pictures: hand over my Holga. He loves winding the film and all the clicking sounds it makes. I think we may have a future lomographer on our hands.
Sometimes when taking pictures I get addressed by strangers either because of my cameras or because they don't want me to shoot something they claim they have responsibility for. But having the police on my back was a new experience.
<i>Editor's Note: The past several years saw <b><a href="http://www.lomography.com/homes/maliha">Maliha</a></b> frequently moving from one place to another, a sort of nomad who likes the thrill of starting anew and finding her place in every city she stays at. In the last decade she has spent in the USA, Maliha has stayed at six different cities in five different states. Currently, Maliha is based in Denver, Colorado, and "Transient Living," a new series in the Lomography magazine, documents her experiences and the ways that she has come to call this city her home.</i>
Today’s featured member, Herbert, gives the impression that he is interested in people as much as he loves cameras—and he has many vintage treasures. Even a casual snapshot of his has a story that suggests curiosity about the people he photographs.
He will respectfully ask for a photo session. He does not outline why, and if you are shy, you will wonder what he has seen in you. He greets reluctance with understanding and a resounding yes with an equal amount of enthusiasm. When the day comes, he will treat you like a collaborator. And whenever he talks about the outcome—comely photos of what looks like your most confident self—he will always call you a muse.
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!
Yamato, a 25-year-old photographer based in Japan, is an active Instagram user with over 4,000 followers from all over the world. He also takes highly stylized photographs with the Petzval 85 Lens, giving his images a distinct and slightly moody look.