Downstream from Niagara Falls is a small colonial town that sits right on the mouth of the Niagara River. Other than being the first capital of Upper Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL as the locals call it) was the front line of the War of 1812. Its strategic location and fertile soil made it a location that was inhabited for thousands of years before the British set up a colony there. The great lakes made trade possible from the outskirts of the 19th century world all the way through to the Atlantic Ocean. The one obstacle that boats had a hard time navigating was Niagara Falls and the treacherously fast flowing Niagara River. Everyone who wanted to get from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and back again needed to stop in Niagara-on-the-lake.
This strategic location made Niagara-on-the-lake (then known as Newark) a very prosperous place in the 19th century. Many homes that are still there to this day tell the story of colonial riches. In the summer NOTL is lush and green. We went for a stroll in the wintertime around old town to take some pictures of the variety of 19th century homes found all around the Old Town.
Growing up in NOTL there was literally nothing to do as a teenager. We would drink beer down by the river in spots where American soldiers had gotten off their boats and had been torn to shreds by British guns, or hung out in the ramparts that were successful at funneling American troops into cannon range. The bloody battles that were fought in NOTL can now only be imagined but the colonists who fought for their land against the Americans had quite the reputation. The Butlers Rangers were a bunch of militiamen and Native Americans (in other words they were local farmers who also fought). Instead of lining up for battle like what was popular at the time, they hid in the trees and ambushed the Americans at every opportunity.
The Americans took over NOTL a number of times and the local people always took it back. On one occasion the Butler’s Rangers decided to go on a rampage in America and burned every village from NOTL to Washington DC. It was the men of NOTL that were responsible for the burning of the original White House. After Butler’s Rangers were through with the White House they white washed over the burnt parts and that is where it got its name.
Walking around Niagara-on-the-Lake is wonderful in the summer time because of all of the lush, well-kept gardens, but if you enjoy 19th Century homes, taking a stroll in the winter is a joy.
Far from the romanticized images we see on television, kitchens are marred by a mesh of savage industrial hardware, organic flesh and bones, and the souls that inhabit it, as photographer Mike Kumagai discovered. His series exposes some of the notions we carry of kitchens and cooking in the only medium befitting of the task: 35mm film.
In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.
There’s something about New York that attracts people, something that makes both visitors from the most bucolic places and tourists from the most cosmopolitan of cities fall in love. Countless movies and television programs have been filmed in New York, and so many songs have been written in reminiscence of the place. It’s not just the Empire State Building, Times Square or Broadway; there’s something special about the streets and the people who walk on them that make spectators stop, look, and listen.
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!
Aside from the Magazine, going through the User Blogs is another way to keep tabs on the latest happening in the community. Throughout the year, it was filled with articles on new discoveries, thought-provoking opinions, and exciting exhibits that surely entertained, challenged, and inspired everyone. Let's take a look back at the fruitful year through the most popular user blogs of 2014.
The founder of The Pop-Up Pinhole Co., Kelly Angood, has been handcrafting pinhole cameras from scratch since 2010. After developing a huge online following from one of her early pinhole designs, she embarked on a mission to design an affordable, functional pinhole camera that could be constructed all in the comfort of your own home — and it had to look great too! Following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, her mission was realized. Read on to see how it happened and what's next for Kelly and The Pop-Up Pinhole Company!
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.
This time we went up North and discovered that our Petzval lens has made it all the way to Scandinavia, Denmark. Enter with us the world of Swirly Danish Portraitism and meet Dann Nørgaard, a photographer from Copenhagen who captures the depth of every glance.
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.
Here’s a random and rather mysterious tale for you folks. Just the other day, I was at a local bar with a few friends. It was much like any other evening; we were sipping a couple of cocktails, recounting our adventures, falling over ourselves with laughter and half-drunkenly meditating on the meaning of life (a scientist once told me it’s 42 by the way). But then something truly strange happened. Read on to hear my story and please make a comment with your guess at the end!
Manchester based band Oasis rose to fame in late 1994 with their debut album "Definitely Maybe" which went straight to number one in the UK charts. They went on to have eight UK number one singles, eight number one albums and whole host of awards, dramas, fights, fall outs and new members in between. Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 - 1997 was the first Oasis exhibition of rare and iconic photographs, artifacts and memorabilia from the early years of the band. Some of these photos were take by Tom Sheehan who had his own exhibition at our Lomography Store East.
I went to the Victoria & Albert Museum's Friday Late, an event that takes place every last Friday evening of the month. For March 2014, the London borough of Tottenham was invited to curate an evening of creativity. There were a number of events that went on ranging from music and art to fashion and film. Accompanied by my LC-A+ and Fisheye No. 2, here are my highlights of that evening in photographs.
It is a small, compact film camera from Germany that brings 55 square images (24x24mm) to 35mm film, since the years of the economic miracle. Thanks to its clockwork design, it shoots as fast as you can press the shutter button. Read on and get to know the Robot Star!