Plaza de Armas is the central public square in Querétaro. Having a central public square, or squares (as in the case of Querétaro) is perhaps, the defining feature of Spanish colonial urban design. Any and every city, town, village will have its central squares. During colonial times, these were where most businesses happened, both public and private. This isn't true anymore, of course, but the public squares still hold the best and worst of civic life in the cities and towns of Mexico.
The great landed families once had their mansions on the square. Today, these mansions are now hotels, restaurants, government agencies, etc. – there are no great landed families left. There are great business and political families. They have their mansions in the suburbs, just like in the States. This leaves the Plaza de Armas open for us lowlifes.
Plaza de Armas is one of Mexico’s important historical sites. It was the scene of the conspiracy to overthrow the Spanish in 1810, which grew into the revolution of independence years later. Schoolkids and their teachers are permanent visitors here, to give the kids some background in the nation’s history.
The new Petzval Lens has proven itself a master of close-up shots and soulful portraits time and time again. Now some of our talented community members have stepped it up a notch and aimed the Petzval at city-scapes. From snow-capped pedestrians, couples chatting in parks, bustling markets, or people waiting to get on the metro - the beautiful banalities of city life are covered in these eloquent shots. Scroll through this gallery we've put together just for you to get a taste of the Petzval's urban potential!
C.S Muncy is a New York City-based freelance photojournalist and a fellow LomoAmigo who tested and reviewed the LomoChrome Turquoise film. The rolls of film were put to good use; the resulting shots were simply stunning.
Thick smoke, soft breeze, rippled water. For Veronika Gilková, these elements deserve a touch of visual magic. In this interview, she talks about culling nature-based images with intuition and quiet wonder.
A wedding photographer based in New Jersey, Michelle Lange is all about weddings and engagements. After her own wedding and spending years on wedding research, she decided to take the plunge, pursue her passion and create a dream career. In this interview, she talks about her passion and her work, and showcases a series of photographs she shot with a Petzval Lens.
When a truly fascinating photograph hits you, it’s powerful enough to transport you to the story that is being told in that image. Such is what happens when one sees Suji Park's work for the first time. It’s as if you can actually hear and feel the details of each snapshot — the warmth of a late afternoon sun, the complex silence of nature or a dry and nostalgic solitude.