Frances thought the year 2010 is something of a memory gradually fading into nothingness, and yet she managed to salvage a few of them in squares!
A few months ago, our Lomo Amigo Christophe Dillinger had teamed up with us in pursuit of publishing Square Magazine's new book and asked everyone in the Lomographic community to show one’s year in square. A kind of a competition that calls for images strictly taken with the format we’re all familiar with – the square, each attached with stories of the photographers has to tell.
Fortunately, Frances was indeed lucky enough to have her name included in the 6 names shortlisted! Let’s prepare ourselves to get indulged by her square tale:
A Year in Square, 2010
2010 felt like it should’ve been a big year. A good year. A big year. Yet I find myself struggling to
come up with something important to write about in my year in review. The truth is…it zipped by, and
quietly. In fact, almost entirely without sound. There are boxes and boxes of photos by my feet which
suggest I have been busy in 2010, and I suppose that’s true.
I’ve been caught up experimenting with the new Polaroid film, mostly. I first fell in love with Polaroid because it was a contained and instantly tangible memory, but not without its flaws. Dreamy and nostalgic, it mimicked the way I imagined a real memory to be. One which I could hang on to, unlike the ones dissolving within me. With the new film, there are more flaws, and one such flaw is the attack of the killer crystals (which should probably be a 1980’s inspired b horror). I watched helplessly as my photos were eaten away by this chemical reaction.
Instantly panicked, it took me a minute to realize…it was beautiful. It is mirroring more closely the evolution
and destruction of our own memories.
In spite of the bitter cold, some Camargue Gypsies celebrated a wedding in the town square of Arles, France. Lomographer neja, a visitor from the UK, managed to capture their enigma and unconventional spirit in one unplanned snapshot.
In Carly Zavala’s work, honesty comes in visual cues. It can be as simple as a woman looking straight into the camera, or as meaningful as a man deep in thought. It is loyalty to the facts of a scene. What little light is there she will finesse into a striking image.
New York is full of interesting people. Everywhere you look you, will find good-looking, smart, and powerful characters; models, actresses, entrepreneurs, managers, artists. Because of this sometimes it can be a little intimidating for a regular guy in the Big Apple to step up, talk to the girl you like, or make new friends. So here are a few tips, courtesy of the Lomo'Instant, that will help you to break the ice.
Paul Del Rosario is a photographer who has been based in Japan for 24 years. Finding beauty in messy Tokyo streets , he captures the chaotic scenes in black and white. He also manages 120 love, a fashion and lifestyle brand that integrates film photography into popular urban street culture.
Doug DuBois spent five summers photographing the small neighborhood of Russell Heights in Ireland to capture the essence of coming of age: the inevitable loss of youth and the imminent transition into adulthood. Those four years resulted in his latest book, My Last Day At Seventeen. The book is a visual tale told through a collection of photographs and gives an alternative perspective through a comic narrative around the same subject. This creative combination of two distinct narratives in one book not only works wonderfully in visual terms; it also serves as an essential tool that lets the reader dig deeper into the story being told, making one go back to the book over and over again, yet from a new perspective, every single time.
While many of us can only dream of working with musicians and photographing them, Angela Izzo's job entails exactly that. Apparently, this is a fulfillment of her own dream that she had when she was younger. In this interview, Izzo talks about her beginnings which, of course, included going to as many shows and festivals as she possibly can; some of her most memorable on-the-job-experiences with the likes of The Doors, Lykke Li, Jack White, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Chris Robinson Brotherhood; her inspirations and other interests; and her love for film photography and Diana Mini. And to those looking into fulfilling their own dreams of working in the same industry, Izzo also shares helpful advice based on her own experiences.
Canadian-born Ian Taylor is a full-time photographer specializing in kids and development work. It all started when his five siblings started having children at the same time he was into photography. This passion then spiraled into something amazing, and now Ian works primarily with kids, shooting them when they are in their purest form. Based in Asia, Ian has agreed to share this amazing series of photos he shot with his Petzval Art Lens in Cambodia and Thailand. He also shared with us some of his insights and views on photography.
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!
In spite of being a trained photographer, Ines quit her job and continued with photography only as a hobby. She still finds time to create beautiful, expressive portraits, which she recently did this in her hometown, Brunswick, and transformed the city into a quintessential dream setting with a unique swirly bokeh effect. Her weapon of choice? The New Petzval Art Lens, of course!
The world's most creative instant camera – the Lomo'Instant — is now available at both Lomography Online stores & Gallery Stores worldwide! Lomography Hong Kong has invited a few popular locals to try this instant camera, and one of them is fashion and graphic designer Fivi Lai. Fivi answers a few questions in this exclusive interview, and shares quite a few of her creative instant snaps taken with the Lomo’Instant.
Every year I get the winter blues. I start imagining the feel of the sunrays, ice cold beer after a long summer day, and the endless hours spent on the beach. I have captured moments, memories, and dreams this year, which is my favorite thing to do. This is a short version and visual diary of my year 2014.