New York City - many dream about, but few get to live here. There are a million different things to see and do, and just as many ways to experience living in the city. These are a few of my favorite shots of the city from the short time I've lived here.
Trying to submit a location piece on New York City is a daunting task. How can I possibly show all the different facets of the city – everything that makes NYC unique and spectacular? I’ve resigned myself to the fact that there’s no way I can possibly accomplish this task, so instead, I’m going to show just a sliver of what living here has been like (since I got my lomo that is).
Moving here was something I always dreamed about, because in a lot of ways, everything in New York is larger than life. Something as simple as graffiti on a wall is magnified. Everything seems unique and extraordinary. Now I’m sure that New Yorkers who’ve lived here all their lives may disagree, and even I find myself walking around in a daze at times. But it usually only takes something very small to remind me that I live in a city people flock to, a city people dream about, and a city people despise. This small thing can be Washington Square Park on a sunny day, the Flatiron on a cloudy day, or the guy dressed strangely with a bunch of balloons in Union Square. Usually it’s a random conversation with a stranger that only seems to happen here and nowhere else in the world.
Sure, New York has landmarks that everyone knows about: Times Square, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, the list could easily go on. But one of the greatest things about living in New York is these places simply become the backdrop of your life. And sometimes you notice them, most times you don’t, but New York will always be there to snap you out of it when you start to forget you live somewhere truly remarkable.
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.
I backed the Kickstarter project for the Lomo’Instant earlier this year and was thrilled to receive it last week. I love how the camera naturally encourages you to experiment with its different features, whether it’s through flashing your multiple exposures with different colors or trying different creative techniques after your shots has been ejected. Here are a few tips from what I’ve discovered from playing with the camera so far (and a couple of tips I want to try out in future)!
New York City has long been synonymous to skyscrapers, throngs of people both locals and tourists, neon lights, entertainment, and all things loud and hip. It is, after all, a metropolis, a melting pot of cultures - the city that never sleeps. However, back in the 1960s, Duane Michals was able to capture these photographs of a New York that many people has rarely seen.
Keep experimenting with your analogue shots and try out many different styles. This time, let these filter photographs from the community show you how easy it is to create images that are popping with effects and color!
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.
For the past three months, I've been living alternately between three cities: Bandung, Bogor, and Jakarta. I'm originally from Bandung. I now work in Bogor, sometimes in Jakarta. I could be in Bogor on a Friday, Bandung on a Saturday, and Jakarta on a Monday. Shuttling between these three cities, I don't forget to document what I see and experience with my LC-Wide.
I've been experimenting with many substances, more or less corrosives, for film manipulation. The images come out so different, that sometimes you can't even recognize them. The pictures in this experiment are a result of mixing bleach and detergent powder.
There are so many exciting things you can do with the Lomo'instant camera it's hard to know where to start! We've been giving this lovable Lomo camera the full test drive so that you can experience the full potential of this camera in an instant! Here are some top tips on shooting graffiti and doubles with Hannah Brown.
There are so many exciting things you can do with the Lomo'instant camera, it's hard to know where to start. We've been giving this lovable Lomo camera the full test drive so that you can experience the full potential of this camera in an instant! Here are some top tips on shooting graffiti and doubles with our UK intern Adriana Brioso.
<i>Editor's Note: The past several years saw <b><a href="http://www.lomography.com/homes/maliha">Maliha</a></b> frequently moving from one place to another, a sort of nomad who likes the thrill of starting anew and finding her place in every city she stays at. In the last decade she has spent in the USA, Maliha has stayed at six different cities in five different states. Currently, Maliha is based in Denver, Colorado, and "Transient Living," a new series in the Lomography magazine, documents her experiences and the ways that she has come to call this city her home.</i>
Not only did rocker Ryan Star love taking pictures with the Fisheye No. 2, but last time he played in New York City, we sent two lucky fans to the show with Color Splash cameras. In this interview, Ryan shares his favorite shots and tells us about his experience with the Fisheye No. 2.
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!