Today, the world celebrates Midsummer's Eve, a feast dedicated to the sun, especially important in Northern Europe. To celebrate, let us take a look at some awe-inspiring photos of bonfires and the dazzling sun in the Lomographic world!
Midsummer’s Eve is one of the important summer holidays in the world, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Midsummer’s Day is traditionally celebrated in Europe on June 24, after the summer solstice or the longest day. But festivities begin on the eve of Midsummer’s Day, marked by bonfires, dancing, and some traditional customs and rituals.
The celebration has its roots in ancient, pre-Christian times, and is associated with magic, witchcraft, fairies, and fertility (especially in Sweden). People lit bonfires to try and strengthen the sun, as it appeared to get dimmer and weaker after the longest day. They also served as protection against evil spirits, which were thought to roam freely once the sun begins to turn southwards once more.
Now, it’s time for us to have our analog celebration of Midsummer’s Eve through photos of blazing bonfires and the majestic sun in the Lomographic world!
The skies were busy with magic today — or maybe it was just the solar eclipse that caused all that ruckus? Decked out in space-age goggles and other various sun viewing paraphernalia, groups of people gathered as the moon moved between the sun and the earth this morning across Europe. Only a few lucky folks witnessed the total eclipse, and here at Vienna HQ, the greatest moment of the partial eclipse happened at 10:45 A.M. and lasted only a few minutes. We stopped everything we were doing to join the sky watchers crew and share in this astonishing moment. Check out these brilliant solar-inspired shots to celebrate the occasion!
We've often heard how going beyond our comfort zones can be so rewarding, yet not many of us aren't ready yet to do it. But photographer and athlete Cory Richards is one of those brave few who has constantly gone out of theirs not only to take awe-inspiring photographs, but to communicate the human experience itself to the rest of the world.
This article is dedicated to the French street photographer Raymond Depardon and his wonderful series depicting people communicating with mobile phones from all over the world. For this tribute, I compiled my own series of photos of people using their mobile phones or tablets in the city of Como. Take a look!
Every year, just a few weeks before summer, I dedicate a series of photos to the joy of living outdoors in this good season. One of the most common pleasures is taking one's socks and shoes off to feel the first warm rays of sun on our pale feet, which were prisoners inside shoes throughout the long winter season. So, it's time to take off your socks and shoes and relax barefoot! Where? Of course, on the walls surrounding the beautiful lake! Take a look!
Aside from the Magazine, going through the User Blogs is another way to keep tabs on the latest happening in the community. Throughout the year, it was filled with articles on new discoveries, thought-provoking opinions, and exciting exhibits that surely entertained, challenged, and inspired everyone. Let's take a look back at the fruitful year through the most popular user blogs of 2014.
Lomography is proud to be a sponsor of Fotofilmic '14, a global film photography publication and curation platform dedicated to emerging and unknown photographic talents attached to film worldwide. Come celebrate with us at the opening reception in Vancouver! In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of the top winners of Fotofilmic '14!
Did you catch the solar eclipse that happened recently? Word on the street is that it even resulted in a total eclipse in some areas of Europe, making it a pretty rare occasion for the folks that got to see it! We're guessing that some of you even had your cameras to catch the whole shebang on film — which is why we're throwing a competition for the best eclipse and sun inspired shots out there. Come on in and check out the details!
Lomographers, fans of electronic music and art, this is the competition for you!
We are very happy to launch this competition with Alfa MiTo Club To Club, one of the most important festivals of music, art and culture electronics in Europe, which will take place in Turin, Italy, from 5th to 9th November 2014. Find out how to win two tickets, lots of music and Lomography cameras!
Behind the amusing username, alienmeatsack, is the avid lomographer Robn Kester. He takes on the analogue world with his radical film and camera experiments that serve as useful guides to his fellow film shooters. His dedication to be a better analogue photographer certainly knows no bounds and that's why we are crowning him as our LomoGuru of the Week!
We gave the Colorsplash Microsite a grand redesign. You can find everything that you need to know about Colorsplash products, plus some techniques to try and galleries to inspire you, in this new and improved site! Come take a look and let us know what you think.
Whether it's to express an opinion or commend your latest album, receiving comments from our fellow lomographers inspires us to shoot and share more photographs. It's time to return the kind gesture, so let's say our biggest thanks to the top photo commenters of 2014!