As I look forward to the rest of 2011, I have thought of an excellent resolution that I would really like to put into practice. I think that if I manage to carry out the resolution, it will massively improve my lomographs and the quality of my shooting through both better context and more practice.
Today it was Sunday, and I have been massively busy at work all week. I woke up all geared up to go out in the bright sunshine like we have had in Leeds for the past couple of days and shoot a few rolls of film. Imagine my disappointment when I looked out of my curtains to see bug grey clouds and no sun whatsoever. Not that I was surprised but in the UK, this is a common problem for me and my photography. Some of my favourite cameras and films need a bit if good ole sunshine to get the best out of them.
Today, I decided to venture out with my trusty camera bag anyway and take a few photos at my local park. I don’t know how they will have come out yet but now I feel like even though I haven’t done much else, my weekend hasn’t been wasted as I went out and did that little bit of lomography. I realized then that last year some of my best pictures were taken on holidays, seeing places I have never seen before through a plastic lens.
This year, although I am fortunate enough to be going on 2 lovely holidays in 2011- Krakow and New York, I can’t afford to go somewhere exotic every weekend. I am lucky enough however to own a car, have a job good enough to buy petrol and own a fair few cameras. I am therefore going to make sure that I go somewhere to take some photos each and every weekend. It doesn’t have to be far or expensive, it just has to be somewhere. I only live an hour away from the seaside and the lovely lake district so I will probably start there. And even if the weather isn’t great, I will do what I did today, wrap up warm and make the most of it with a flash.
My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. In January, I tried some camera add-ons. If you want to add a bit of extra bling to your pictures, you can put something either in front of or behind your lens. In this case, I did both.
My name is Amber Valentine and I have a confession to make: I’m not really a photographer. I have a website full of photographs, a bookshelf full of cameras, film waiting to be developed, and a wall full of framed pictures I’ve taken. Even so, I don’t really consider myself a photographer per se. I think that Lomography is more about the experimentation and the fun of film than it is about the photography, and that experimentation is part of the reason I have embraced Lomography so.
Before moving to New York City, I was told that people keep to themselves. Thus, I set forth to put myself out there and create connections with the people in my community, using the Lomo'Instant as an icebreaker! I was proven wrong—if you show an ounce of kindness to anyone, they will overflow in return.
The story between the Spinner 360 and I goes way back to the year 2010, when Lomography decided to send me a beta model of the Spinner 360 to test. It was a complete surprise! I thought, "What the hell is that?" as I first took this camera out of the package. Then, when my little brother grabbed it from me and pulled the cord, it buzzed and turned 360°! We all had the same expression: "Whoa..."
It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.
There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.
Have you all watched "Eat, Pray, Love"? I was inspired by Julia Roberts, who rode a bicycle in that movie, so I decided to rent one and try it myself! This happened two years ago but I still remember my biking route. To all of you who haven't been to Ubud, I think you should visit the place and try to go around in a bicycle!
Perhaps you’ve already had chance to try light painting, multiple exposures and long exposures with your Lomo’Instant, but what can you experiment with next? Well, that’s exactly the thought I had which led to giving this Tipster a go. I wanted to shoot Lomo’Instant photos which felt a bit “messier” than what I’m usually used to and to use a technique which would open up new possibilities with the kinds of images I could create with my favorite instant camera. Well, here I go!
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