For the Love of Lomo

6

A short and snippy little piece about my newfound love of all things analogue and Lomographic. I wrote the original article for my blog and a creative magazine I am the editor of called Chichester Creative Network.

I have a new love at the moment, and it’s name is ‘Lomo‘. What is Lomo? Well, analogue photography using a Lomo camera, like a Diana, Holga or Lomo LC-A.

I was intrigued recently by a Lomo feature on Etsy and then got chatting on Twitter with Alexandra who works for Lomography. I had a look at the site, the members, their collections and became drawn in by these lovely whimsical, colourful images, and by the interesting, talented and supportive community on Lomography.

Lomo cameras (sometimes referred to as ‘toy’ cameras because of their plastic bodies and lenses) produce distinctive images that incorporate strange effects like vignetting, light streaks and bright saturated colours. They have a distinctly vintage effect overall. They are sometimes ethereal, other wordly, odd, whimsical and strangely fascinating.

Lomo photography has been around for quite a while now (well it began in the 1960′s when the cameras were first produced) and had a resurgence in the 1990s when a couple of guys picked up a Lomo camera in Austria and were excited by the weird quality of the images the cameras and film produced. Lomography has since generated a huge renaissance in analogue photography, and the community continues to grow with new stores opening up all over the place.

I have three Lomo cameras, the lovely and quirky new Dian Mini + in black and turquoise, a bright pink Holga 120 GCFN, and a bright yellow Holga CB135. Owning the LOMO LC-A+ is my ambition for the new year.

The Diana Mini has been produced by Lomography and is based on the classic Diana + created in the 1960′s, but smaller, neater and more compact, though still incorporating the square format images (optional), and using 35mm film as opposed to 120mm. It’s fab, and I have had lots of fun with it thus far. I joined the Lomography society site, and have picked up some good tips there, here is my page, Illusio on Lomography.

Also, in my quest for information about Lomography, I came across this amazing blog, that includes the loveliest Lomo photography and engagingly titled, Diana Mini Love check it out.

As for my mad pink Holga, I haven’t played with it as much yet, it only includes 12 to 16 exposures on film, depending on whether using rectangle or square format. However, if you want film that incorporates special effects like Redscale or X-Pro Chrome, then buy from the Lomography Shop.

I am very excited by this new hobby. In as much as digital photography has immense advantages, there is a quaint charm to Lomo analogue photography. Analogue, Lomo photography is a chancy and experimental business. Ones approach has to be entirely different and in fact, what would be considered a fairly prosaic shot using a state of the art digital camera, can with a Lomo camera, be imbued with a special mixture of excitement and artistic intensity.

Here are some inspired shots from new friends of mine:

Credits: squamy, welland, hairymaff & dictaphone

Here are some cool Lomo links:

Diana Mini Love
==The Lomo Camera – Shoot from the Hip" "Life in the Lo Lane – All you need to know about Lomo Cameras==":http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1217230/Life-Lo-lane-All-need-know-Lomo-cameras.html

written by illusio on 2011-01-17 in #lifestyle

6 Comments

  1. squamy
    squamy ·

    Lovely write up and thanks for including me :)

  2. welland
    welland ·

    Really good read, thanks for including my photo, makes me remember sunny days!

  3. raintanumadia
    raintanumadia ·

    i

  4. illusio
    illusio ·

    Thanks for the good feedback guys. xx

  5. dictaphone
    dictaphone ·

    Nice :) And thank you for including one of my pictures, can't wait to see your Holga shots!

  6. hairymaff
    hairymaff ·

    Cool!
    Thanks for including one of my photo's.
    I have also just invested in a Holga :)

More Interesting Articles

  • Flashing Lights: Taking Photos of Artificial Light Installations with my LC-A+ and Fisheye No. 2

    written by vanfrancis on 2014-03-12 in #lifestyle
    Flashing Lights: Taking Photos of Artificial Light Installations with my LC-A+ and Fisheye No. 2

    My two passions are art and photography. For my first article about art on the Lomography magazine, I decided to visit "The Light Show" exhibition at the Hayward Gallery. I aimed to take as many creative photos of light installations as I can with my Lomo LC-A+ and Fisheye No. 2.

  • A Salute to the Masters: The Sirius Space Mission to the Third Planet (A Tribute to Peter Mitchell)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-05-06 in #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: The Sirius Space Mission to the Third Planet (A Tribute to Peter Mitchell)

    Imagine an alien space mission from a planet of the Sirius Star System to an abandoned industrial zone of Como, a city situated in the North of Italy. The alien photographer named sirio174, used a powerful futuristic camera, called Lomo Lubitel 166U loaded with a Kodak Portra film roll. Yes, no digital, because the future is...analogue! During his journey, he learned the most common language of our planet -- English -- and he wrote this article for us. Read more after the jump!

  • Creative Vision, Personified:The Community's Most Creative Lomographers

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-02-03 in #world #lifestyle
    Creative Vision, Personified:The Community's Most Creative Lomographers

    As Steve Jobs puts it, "creativity is just connecting things." It's all about tracing one's experiences and pushing the boundaries of what's already known to establish new things. The Lomography community is no stranger to these instances. In fact, the community is filled with brilliant minds who are always ready to refine existing techniques and look for innovative ways to express their visions and ideas. Here are just a few of the creative lomographers we've come to love over the years.

    5
  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • The Phoblographer Gives the LC-A 120 Five Stars and Editor's Choice Award!

    written by jacobs on 2015-01-08 in #news
    The Phoblographer Gives the LC-A 120 Five Stars and Editor's Choice Award!

    We love our cameras. We especially love it when you love our cameras. And we get super pumped when you tell us about it. So when the LC-A 120 got a stunning review from the fellas at The Phoblographer, we were giddy with delight! Not only did they give it a killer, in-depth review, but they also bestowed it with a 5/5 rating and Editor's Choice award! Read on for a little taste of the review and then head to their site to read the whole thing!

  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-06 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!

    10
  • Monday Moodboard: The Inspiration of An Artist

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-05-12 in #news
    Monday Moodboard: The Inspiration of An Artist

    Inspiration comes to us in different ways, in various forms, sometimes in unexpected ways. I've always been interested in the workspaces, processes, and things that inspire artists around the world, so I really enjoyed watching the short documentary detailing the creative world of a Venetian artist called Zaira.

  • Shop News

    Change the View in an Instant

    Change the View in an Instant

    Extend the Borders of Instant Photography with the World’s Most Creative Instant Camera System Packed With Fun Features and say hello to the Lomo'Instant Camera! The Lomo'Instant is the perfectly sized Instant Camera to take wherever you go! It’s the most creative way to shoot fantastic photos which you can share anywhere and with everyone in an instant.

  • LomoAmigo: Super Kawaii Asami Nobuoka Shoots with the Lomo'Instant

    written by ciscoswank on 2014-12-17 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Super Kawaii Asami Nobuoka Shoots with the Lomo'Instant

    Asami is a "Super Kawaii" a.k.a super cute, Instagramer who has 16,000 followers. She loves analogue cameras and she is totally in love with the Diana Mini. Check out her creative piece of instant shots taken with the Lomo'Instant.

  • My Day in Analogue: Weekends in Bandung

    written by adi_totp on 2014-08-03 in #lifestyle
    My Day in Analogue: Weekends in Bandung

    Hello, fellow lomographers! To be honest, ever since I started working last year, I haven't been able to write a single analogue lifestyle piece. But today I decided to write something about my days, especially about my weekend in Bandung. It's not much but I take it as the start of a new beginning in writing all over again here. So, here's my weekend in Bandung!

    2
  • NatGeo Photo Editor Susan Welchman on What It Takes to Be a NatGeo Photographer

    written by chooolss on 2014-02-28 in #news
    NatGeo Photo Editor Susan Welchman on What It Takes to Be a NatGeo Photographer

    Have you ever wanted the prestige of working as a full-fledged photographer for the National Geographic magazine? Watch this short albeit very informative clip featuring the magazine’s very own Senior Photography Editor Susan Welchman and find out if you have what it takes!

    2
  • Shop News

    Take the Harpy on a ride!

    Take the Harpy on a ride!

    Take your camera on a safe ride with your bike. This sturdy ZKIN leather bag protects your Diana F+ sized cameras and Lens. Remove the loops and you have a stylish shoulder bag!

  • Pieces of Berlin Make Their Way to NYC

    written by efrost on 2014-09-29 in #people #events
    Pieces of Berlin Make Their Way to NYC

    Photographer Florian Reischauer is no stranger to the Lomography community. In 2013, our LomoAmigo took a Lubitel 166+ out for a spin and told us about his famous blog, "Pieces of Berlin". A few years earlier, he took time to take part in the 5 Questions on Analogue Photographyseries. Now, we’re here to give you the latest scoop on Florian Reischauer and his next appearance in NYC to present his new book which was based off of his blog, "Pieces of Berlin 2009-2013".

  • A Gallery of Large Format Petzval Photos by Bobby Sham

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-03-06 in #lifestyle
    A Gallery of Large Format Petzval Photos by Bobby Sham

    Hong Kong-based Bobby Sham's body of work is a testament of his love for large-format photography. Engaging in a craft made easier and more accessible with digital alternatives, Sham still outshines tech-savvy counterparts even if he does things the almost unpredictable, analogue way. Here is a gallery of Sham's indulgent large-format images, taken with vintage and original Petzval lens.

    1
  • The Gevabox of Wonders

    written by stratski on 2014-11-18 in #reviews
    The Gevabox of Wonders

    Sometimes you see a camera and you just have to have it. I felt that way about this lovely little box camera. Looks don't mean a thing, I know, but in this case, the looks didn't deceive me.

    1