If you are in need of a little breather from the concrete, steel and glass jungle that is London enjoy an oasis in the middle of London’s Hyde Park, The Serpentine.
The lake was created in 1730 and people have been swimming in these waters for hundreds of years. The swimming area, known as The Serpentine Lido, is at the south side and open in summer (June-Sep), although members may swim all year round and they even host a swimming competition every Christmas morning! If you’d go for a swim watch out for some odd company as ducks, geese and maybe even a swan might join you but don’t worry they’re all really friendly. On the northern side are rowing and paddle boats available for hire (Easter-October) or you could walk around the lake, stopping by one of the cafés for a little snack, having a picnic with family and friends, lying in the grass and watching the wildlife. It’s really a beautiful place to relax all year round.
Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line) or Lancaster Gate (Central line)
If you take a left out of Regent St, down a windy lane, past a wise old man with long fingernails, over a wooden bridge and through a giant metal gate you'll find a very magical place. Yep, it's the Winter Wonderland Festival in Hyde Park! It's free to get in and it is the perfect place to get some awesome Petzval shots!
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.
Travel back in time and see places around Europe, Middle East, and North America as they were more than a century ago through these photochroms from the Photochrom Prints Collection of the Library of Congress.
Of course, Italy makes a great destination for taking photos. But what if there was a place where you could find stunning motifs, impressive colors, and the ideal mixture of nature and arts all at once? What if I told you that there is a place like that: a garden full of art in the middle of nowhere?
Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.
There is nothing more refreshing than escaping one's everyday life for to unpack a camping tent and spend a wonderful weekend with friends for a few days during summer. Some of the coolest festivals are calling and there's a special one in Germany that is a must-see in July: Melt! festival. Win two tickets for this spectacular event to be held from July 17 to 19. Show us your most beautiful festival moments.
Get the perfect self-portraits or group photos with your friends with this instant camera! This camera allows you to be picture ready with its mirror next to the lens and gives you an idea where is best to smile!
From May 21 to 24, Somerset House will be hosting Photo London 2015, bringing together 72 of the most well respected galleries from all over globe. Each gallery will be presented in six areas, showing a mixture of vintage, modern and contemporary photography. There will be an extensive program of talks and events which are supported by the LUMA foundation.
Fashion becomes something of an artifact if it is laden with details that next generations can replicate. If the original textiles are no longer available, vintage photography becomes the main style guide. This gallery is a showcase of such design influencers, from Queen Marie's bejeweled garb to Mata Hari's peekaboo costumes.
Leonard Knight passed away last year but he left an incredible legacy, an embodiment of love, that is Salvation Mountain. From 1984, he painted and remodeled a little hill in the California desert that's colorful as a cupcake and truly meaningful. And if anything ever would have been meant to be shot with Lomo cameras, it would be this psychedelic, holy hill.
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!
Armed with disposable cameras, a number of people affected by homelessness in London trooped out in the streets and captured life from their individual perspectives. That was in July; now, 13 photographs have been selected via public vote and will be featured on the upcoming calendar by Cafe Art, an initiative that "[showcases] artwork created by people affected by homelessness or are socially vulnerable."
East London is the perfect place to spot some interesting and colourful graffiti. Lomography Gallery Store Soho recently ran an LC-A+ workshop where we documented some of the best urban street art in the city!
Between Lomography and Skillshare there are a lot of talented people. Photographers from all corners of the globe have come together to share in exploring what Lomo stands for: a little bit of experimentation mixed with an eye for aesthetics. We've chosen winners from our SkillShare Rumble -- check out what these students shot!