We've been working on a Lomography API (application programming interface if you are not into acronyms) over the last weeks as a lot of people have asked us for one and we've already thought about creating one for a longer time. Well, it's here now, so read all the details in this article!
So what does an API do? Basically it allows other websites or applications to access all the photos here through predefined calls – see Flickr or Twitter for example. We’ve limited it to several methods for now – for instance getting all the popular photos, all the recent photos, all photos taken in a certain area and photos by camera or film – but will expand these over the next time. See our basic set on api.lomography.com – our first sample application can also be found there.
All photos used through the API must link back to Lomography and the detail view, so your photos won’t appear without context. And commercial use is prohibited of course. But what if you don’t want your photos to appear in the API at all? Obviously all invisible photos won’t show up at all, but you can also opt out from this service in general – in your LomoHome settings there’s a section API Usage – simply uncheck there and your photos won’t be used (in worst case it might take up to two hours until this change takes effect).
Right now we didn’t hand out any API keys (they are needed for usage – this way we can catch up who accessed what), if you want one please contact us with a short note what you want to do (and previous work would be great). Please note: we are only slowly giving out keys as we have to test performance – this is still very beta (but tested).
Let us know what you think! And post any questions and suggestion you might have.
Russell Darling is one of our Lomography UK regulars. He is a big part of our community of film fanatics and regularly joins our workshops and events. In this interview, we asked him about his experience shooting with the Lomo LC-A 120, as well as his work as visual effects practitioner for films such as "Star Wars," "Twilight," and "Godzilla."
Doug DuBois spent five summers photographing the small neighborhood of Russell Heights in Ireland to capture the essence of coming of age: the inevitable loss of youth and the imminent transition into adulthood. Those four years resulted in his latest book, My Last Day At Seventeen. The book is a visual tale told through a collection of photographs and gives an alternative perspective through a comic narrative around the same subject. This creative combination of two distinct narratives in one book not only works wonderfully in visual terms; it also serves as an essential tool that lets the reader dig deeper into the story being told, making one go back to the book over and over again, yet from a new perspective, every single time.
Ella Lama is a letterer and illustrator based in Manila, Philippines. Her work is a perfect mix of good cheer and unfeigned creativity. Recently, she designed a Lomo'Instant White camera with cute and playful illustrations inspired by her Japan trip.
Aside from photography, newcomer Dmitri Berenger enjoys a multitude of hobbies including gardening, watching movies, and discovering music. In this interview, he talks about his photographic style, his inspirations, choosing film cameras over digital gear, and many more.
London based photographer Cat Stevens uses the softer, more subtle aesthetics of film photography throughout her work. Her shoots consist of the familiar light leaks and washed out tones that most film shooters will be familiar with. She has photographed artists such as Deerhunter, PJ Harvey and recently took a series of sun drenched beach shots which adorned The Charlatans' last album cover titled "Modern Nature."
'Snapshot' was our Tumblr keyword this week. We spent the past few days looking at troves of fresh samples from all corners of the globe. We got lured to the most effortless variety, everyday captures upgraded to showcase compositions. We invite you to look at the ones we bookmarked for future visits.
The latest addition to the Lomo’Instant family! Inspired by the Icelandic midnight sky, Get endless creativity, take multiple exposed instant snapshots, experiment with long exposure and light painting shots!
Lomographer Carina, or landei in the community, regards the Sprocket Rocket as a "versatile plastic camera." For her, it doesn't only take great travel snapshots but makes an interesting conversation starter as well. In this interview, Carina expounds more on what makes the Sprocket Rocket her go-to camera.