Pongal is a harvest festival - the Tamil equivalent of Thanksgiving. Having lived in Singapore my entire life, this is the first time I went to Little India to find out more about Pongal Festival after reading about it in the newspapers.
Pongal is the only festival of Hindu that follows a solar calendar and is celebrated on the fourteenth of January every year. Pongal signals the end of the traditional farming season, giving farmers a break from their monotonous routine. The festival is celebrated for four days.
When I arrived at Little India, the whole place is crowded with shoppers buying the necessities for the festival.
The most outstanding items are these colorful claypots. The word “Pongal” means “boiling over or spill-over”. Tamils will cook milk and rice in these claypots until the contents boil over. The boiling over of the contents symbolizes material abundance for a household.
At the same time, the Harvest festival also honors the hard work of cows and bulls that leads to a good harvest. Farmers will paint their horns and cover them with shining metal caps. The animals will also be given food such as bananas and have flower garlands draped around their necks.
In summary, this is a fun and colorful festival with lots of song and dance. It is good to see that traditions are still being kept alive through the generations although Singapore is no longer an agricultural society.
For a short time, Blaine Vernicek, otherwise known as clownshoes in our Community, needed to be away from his beloved muse, Miss Katie, and stay in another state because of his new job. But thanks to his Lomo Smena Symbol, he was able to bring with him photographs of his sweetheart that somehow helped him forget the unnerving distance between them. Read on to find out more about this heartwarming story in this installment of My First Lomo Affair!
Revamping the classic design of the Petzval Lens born in Vienna, Lomography has indeed gone beyond what is needed to bring analogue shooters and filmmakers a one-of-a-kind lens in the new Petzval Art Lens. Read on to find out more about this high-quality lens after the jump.
Some weeks ago, I made a tribute to the great photographer Robert Frank and his 1958 black and white series taken in New York from a bus window. He is the master of the ordinary moments, capturing the essence of daily life in a series of free and random sequence of photos where nothing important happens! And as I've written there I wanted to take a similar experiment with color film, which would change the perception of the environment where people live. Read more after the jump!
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!
This is a tribute to a founding father of photography, the American photographer Paul Strand. In 1955, he released a book about Luzzara, a small town in central Italy, in collaboration with the famous neo-realist screenwriter Cesare Zavattini. To pay homage to this great artist, this summer I personally went to Luzzara to take a series of photos that shows the changes in this little town 60 years after the work of Strand was published.
December is here and with it comes lots of festive cheer and some exciting events and workshops at the Lomography Gallery Store Soho. Read on to find out more and to book your spot this Christmas Season.
Ever since light painting was invented, it inspired artists from all around the globe to magical creations that capture hidden movements and reinvent the world we live in. "Life is a fairy tale, stay wild little child!" is what they want to tell us. Bringing light to life became the next challenge for anyone rigged with a film camera and a creative mind.
Now, how can you take your analogue light paintings from the ordinary to the outstanding? After the carriage came the car, so we definitely need some spacy inventions to follow the old school light pen. So here it is, our new best friend: The Pixelstick!
Eric Marais is the founder of the portable dark-room experience, STENOFLEX. We recently had the chance to ask him some questions and he was kind enough to answer us! Read on to find out more about his company, his interest in photography and what's next for STENOFLEX!
The people of a city, to me, speak volumes about its culture and sense of community. And that is why I sought out the people who make Denver that much more interesting after the initial period of settling down. My search lead to a few establishments that have contributed to making Denver what it is today. In the second story on Transient Living, I present to you two of such establishments: The Craftsman & Apprentice, and A Small Print Shop.
This article is a tribute to Michael Williamson, who documented the living conditions of the sharecroppers of the cotton plantations of Alabama 50 years after the famous report by Walker Evans and James Agee. Williamson worked with the writer Dale Maharidge between 1986 and 1988. Read more after the jump!
Before the month of July ended, Lomography Gallery Store Soho held the mother of all parties with the opening night of the Lomography x Nixon Exhibition. People spilled out onto the streets and queued up to see psych-pop band Swim Mountain play live. Find out more about the event after the jump.