When i was appointed to be the manager of the brand new London LomoLab i knew i was a very lucky man. Here is the story of how it got made...
From the second I saw the lab coming soon sign I knew I had to step up, play my part in the analogue future.
There was a certain thrill to covertly cross processing at my old lab and as the analogue expert the other lab operators used to leave the lomography films for me to print.
The last 3 weeks have been hectic to say the least with my experience of photo labs limited to keeping one going rather than starting one up. This lab is much more important than any I’ve worked in before. Offering unique services tailored to the unique cameras that we sell brings its own challenges
In a lot of cases, modifying and hacking the lab machinery to deliver consistent results on exclusive lomographic film & print standards.
In one instance the company that makes the machines were unaware that the machine could process medium format. This led to a 30-minute apocalypse resolved by Lomolab Austria showing me how to trick the machine into thinking medium format was 126 film.
It still pains me every time I have to turn a customer away because I’m not ready to print but this’ll all change soon when we can accept orders and I’m looking forward to seeing all the amazing pictures people take, all on film.
The LomoLab will launch on the 11th March, 2011 at..
Lomography Gallery Store East London
117 Commercial Street
‘LIFE’ is a film that tells the story of photographer Dennis Stock who was assigned to photograph James Dean and inadvertently produced some of the most iconic photographs of the star. The film is released this week and we are offering some lucky people the chance to win a DVD, a book of photographs by Dennis Stock, signed posters and a LomoKino.
Singapore, like Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, is a likely stopover when you fly far. The city is a tiny urbanized hub but it's very favorable if you know some high-spirited locals. I was lucky to hook up with king kimbo (@hakimbo), who showed me around. He took my lame limbs to the Gardens by the Bay, an amazing place which was visually striking. I was hugging some artificial trees there when I found a baby—a very big baby.
Julie Cockburn is a visual artist that goes beyond the traditional definition of "image" and turns old photographs into three-dimensional objects, adding a brand new chapter to their story.
In this exclusive interview, Cockburn talks about her artistry and overall vision.
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!
A recent lunchtime break turned into a big analogue adventure when I took the Lomo'Instant camera out with the Splitzer and captured a gloriously sunny day in the heart of Soho, London. I learned a couple of great tips about shooting with this new accessory. Read on to find out more.
Lumiere London is a brand new light festival celebrating some of the most iconic streets and buildings in various locations around the city. It runs from January 14th - 16th and is free to attend. There will be installations, videos, interactive pieces and projections, all coming to life at night.
I was really excited when I got to test the Lomo'Instant Wide recently. Nine packs of film and and one week later I can say: "This camera works really well and I am looking forward to my own Portobello Road Edition!"
As part of the Valentine's Day Deal, you can grab this wonderful fluorescent pink plastic camera at a discounted price! Take seductive, soft-focused shots and pulsating vignettes on 120 film this season!
The new movie Jurassic World is taking the world by storm. As the film progresses, it tells the story of a fictional dinosaur park called Jurassic World and the adventure that unfolds when man attempts to tame the wild creatures. And coincidentally, the Lomography Diana Mini camera makes a special appearance.
Though I am not a professional, photography is in my genes. My father was a photographer and technician in the Air Force and accumulated a number of cameras during his life. This is a story about one of those cameras, a Yashica 635 TLR. I brought the camera—after being in storage for about 55 years—back to life with a roll of Portra 160 during the golden hour at Bellevue Botanical Gardens in Washington.
Alfredo Buonanno is a photographer who loves everything retro. When his friend Sergio showed him the Lomo'Instant Wide Central Park, Alfredo felt in love with the instant camera, instantly-- and it was the beginning of a beautiful new story. He recently took lovely, retro-style pictures with the Lomo'Instant Wide with the model Viktoriya Tori as his muse.
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.
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!
The best thing about working for Lomography is having first access to new products. Imagine everyone's excitement when the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens 2.8/32M was delivered to the headquarters in Vienna, where members of the Lomography team took turns testing this tiny yet powerful optic on various cameras. Meanwhile, Tom Bates from Marketing teased out the idyllic and colorful possibilities of shooting with the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 lens on a trip to the UK countryside.