I had long seen the Salton Sea on the map and wondered what to make of this large sea 35 miles wide and 15 miles long about 50 miles from Palm Springs. Recently, on a long weekend away from LA, I decided to see what this was all about and set sail (with the air conditioning on full blast as temperatures soared to 115 degrees) to the Salton Sea Marina.
The Salton Sea is a man made sea filled with water that had been diverted from the Colorado River at the turn of the last century. For the next 60 years, the Salton Sea thrived as an oasis as beautiful as the Mediterranean in the middle of the desert. And then, the water began to get more and more salty.
Today, the Salton Sea almost has twice as high of a salt content than any ocean. Fish brought in for the pleasure of fishing accumulated. There are so many and the water gets so warm in the summer completely killing the oxygen in the water and thus millions of fish die a year. This was our first impression of Salton Sea, dead fish, and we hadn’t even reached the water yet. Thousands of decaying fish with their heads exploded littered the walk way to the beach.
This was our first taste of realizing possibly why we had not seen any other tourists. Walking closer to the beach, one is hit by a smell that can only be described as stinky. Sickly looking birds sat morosely on rocks surrounded by floating dead fish. The heat was oppressive and the water looked murky, a bit terrifying, and near boiling. In short, it seemed like the stuff of horror films. And yet, I am so very glad we decided to go off the beaten path and discover this man-made sea that is slowly becoming an ecological disaster. We can tell many tales and adventures on the way to Salton Sea, the ‘Los Angeles Riviera’.
As an analogue photographer, you have probably already heard someone speak about the "sunny 16" rule when it comes to determining the correct shutter speed and aperture combination. But what's this about? Read on and I will tell you.
Very few of even the most intrepid travelers get to set sail to the Arctic and the Antarctic. A lomographer known to the Community as stouf, however, was able to set foot on both polar regions. While the rare opportunity to visit these uncommon destinations came in parcel with his profession, he did not forget to bring along his trusty cameras and favorite film to capture scenes from the expeditions.
On a cold day in August, I took my LC-A+, Nikon FM, and Canon EOS 500, along with rolls of Lomography Earl Grey 100 and Kodak Vision 250D on a trip to Villa Epecuén in the Province of Buenos Aires, approximately 550 kilometers (341 miles) away from home.
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.
People seek extraordinary experiences while traveling, but not everyone gets to have an adventure of a lifetime. When lomographer Stephane Heinz (popularly known as vicuna in the Lomography community) saw the opportunity, he took the chance to travel and live miles away from his hometown in France. He and his wife, Kathi, came back home with a luggage full of valuable experiences and life lessons. Vicuna tells us about his four-year adventure in French Polynesia in this travel special.
Warm tones, subtle grains, beautiful moments of everyday life – the photos by Esben Bøg Jensen, a young and talented photographer from Denmark, let us escape into our memories and dream about a never-ending spring. We talked to the photographer himself and couldn’t help feeling a pleasant wave of joy overcoming us. Read on and get inspired to search for the moments that make us feel alive.
My dad and I have been riding our bicycles for as long as I can remember. We had no camera back then, so I only have the pictures from our recent rides. Each ride to the island of Khortitsa today is like a reunion with my childhood and my father's care.
You may have noticed the new single from Nükleer Başlıklı Kız, "Beni Hatırla," playing on the radio and music channels. During their last vacation, they took the Fisheye No.2 Gold to record their memories in circular photos that enhance the soul of the sea and the sun. We talked with NBK about their new single, future plans, and adventures with the Fisheye camera.
Hailing from a long line of small cameras that pack quite a punch, the Minox 35 ML can be a great addition to any film enthusiast’s collection. Don’t let its small package fool you. Read on to find out more about what the Minox 35 ML can do.
For the past three months, I've been living alternately between three cities: Bandung, Bogor, and Jakarta. I'm originally from Bandung. I now work in Bogor, sometimes in Jakarta. I could be in Bogor on a Friday, Bandung on a Saturday, and Jakarta on a Monday. Shuttling between these three cities, I don't forget to document what I see and experience with my LC-Wide.
During the long nights around Christmas, the China Light Utrecht Festival was held in my hometown. On our visit, I brought my trustworthy Nikon F80 to shoot some pictures. Finally, the rolls came back from the lab recently and I was stunned by the results!