Tokyo is known for its hip, cool, new-age fashion and culture but take a journey into a suburban town just west of Shibuya to see where old meets new in a town molded by narrow and winding streets. The streets are lined by restaurants, bars, and clubs where aspiring musicians take the stage. Here in Shimokitazawa, hard work and endurance are not only seen in the lifestyle and the architecture but it can also be felt in the air.
The moment you step out of the train station you know you have been somehow transported into a different era in Tokyo. An era where the people are not conformed to materialistic things and are more carefree, living at their own pace. I visited the town on New Year’s Eve, so it was much quieter than usual, but shooting empty bars and train station platforms gave the town an eerie ambiance, which worked well with the choice of film I had in my camera.
I didn’t go far and concentrated on shooting at the train station where the built and look of it convinced me that it was the oldest station in Tokyo but after some research I found out that the Harajuku Station was indeed the oldest in Tokyo. Two lines go through this town and this gives you more freedom to wonder from one platform to the other, both offering different kinds of scenes to capture. After you’re done on the platform, then you can venture outside. But trust me, just spending an hour or two on the platform can be very rewarding, even for those who fancy some candid shots of people waiting to get to their next destination or of those who just arrived to this rustic and homely town.
This was my first roll of the Fujichrome Sensia IIIISO 100 and I love the deep tones and contrast it gives me when photos are captured under low-light. One of my favorite color slide films to date! It is a little bit pricey but if you have your mind set on capturing the “life essence” that comes with your subjects, this is the film to choose!
This article is dedicated to arguably one of the most famous street photographers in the world, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). On this occasion, I felt obliged to write a tribute to this great artist whom I consider the "Mozart of Photography." His photos are inimitable, and to try to reproduce his innate sense of composition, harmony, and choice of the right moment is but an illusion. So I chose an unusual way to pay tribute, the only way possible for me. Take a look!
The Horizon Kompakt and Perfekt may be a bit bulkier than your usual compact cameras, but aside from taking photos of beautiful landscapes, they can also be your partners in taking pictures on the streets. Here are a few tips to get you started.
YES YOU READ THE TITLE RIGHT! We at Lomography UK are dancing in our chairs right now because we have a super exciting rumble courtesy of this musician/DJ and chronic doodler Mr Scruff. Manchester born Mr Scruff has been releasing albums and DJ'ing since 1997, and his new album "Friendly Bacteria" is due for release on May 19th. You can win this new album along with some super goodies AND a La Sardina DIY customized by the man himself! May we join the contest too, please?
Iconic photos from the past are hard to pass by. They just have this certain look and feel to them that made them memorable but an ad campaign for a newspaper in Cape Town, South Africa put a modern twist on some of them. Here’s a clue – selfies.
You might have gotten used to living in a concrete jungle, where countless skyscrapers and people stand. But you could actually fight for your own green in the city with analogue, and here comes the chance with Let's go GREEN! The competition by Lomography and Green Monday allows you connect healthy lifestyles with analogue photography, the coolest thing is you may even win a new camera!
Lubitel for lovers+. You're probably wondering, "Why is there a '+'?" It's to describe and expand a whole new definition of the Lubitel - in this case, this camera is not only for lovers literally, but also for anyone who loves to shoot portraits, street scenes, objects, and the skies. Do you love to take photos of your lover, your dear friend, your lovely family, your pet, or at the streets? This camera can be used in ALL situations. You can shoot everything that you love with it!
This article is a tribute to the street and humanist photographer Sabine Weiss. Considered a living legend in street photography, she likes to photograph daily lives of people, trying to capture the emotions she recognizes around her. Weiss like to photograph people of all ages but she especially loves to take photos of children, masterfully immortalizing their spontaneous gestures and emotions. For this article, I was inspired by one of her rare sports photos of some children practicing judo. Do you want to know more about this great artist? Well, read on!
Halloween fever is in full swing. Everything ghostly, scary or freakishly extraordinary are either on display or being spoken of in hushed voices through spine-chilling tales. Apart from wearing the scariest costumes and taking photos of of your petrifying selves, why not amplify the Halloween spirit a notch higher by using Halloween-themed aperture plates with the New Petzval Lens? Here's a quick tipster that'll teach you how to make special aperture plates and make the most out of them this Halloween!
Most, if not all, of the photographs in Keis Iguchi's LomoHome were printed using traditional darkroom processes. He likens film photography to using cassette tape and relies on his favorite combination of LC-A and Ferrania Solaris 800 in creating evocative images. In this interview, our Newcomer of the Week from Tokyo Japan shares more about his affinity for analog photography.