Come to think of it, the street is a living museum that teaches us many things about our past, present and future.
6 February 2011
Went to the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ yearly open house event dubbed Pasinaya where the public was treated to a watch-all-you-can, donate—only-when-you-can promo to promote the performances, facilities and services that the CCP provides the art enthusiasts and patrons.
There was a variety of performances like dances, songs, music playing and poetry plus sneak previews of the year’s offerings by various in-house groups and others. The many galleries inside the building were filled with paintings and other multi-media expresssions of both veteran and budding visual artists. All corners and spaces inside and outside the center were indeed in fiesta mood.
I was particularly interested in lomographing the museum that featured life-size dioramas depicting the rich ethnic culture in the Philippines. The tour around the museum was like a crash course on Philippine cultural anthropology. On regular museum hours, photography is not allowed. Good thing because of the Pasinaya that prohibition was suspended (at least for that day).
I took several pictures inside and doubled my shots with street scenes. The results made me think how the street is literally and figuratively a living museum that teaches us many things we often fail to see.
If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!
The people of a city, to me, speak volumes about its culture and sense of community. And that is why I sought out the people who make Denver that much more interesting after the initial period of settling down. My search lead to a few establishments that have contributed to making Denver what it is today. In the second story on Transient Living, I present to you two of such establishments: The Craftsman & Apprentice, and A Small Print Shop.
Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany. With its 3.5 million residents, it is also the second largest city in the European Union. Berlin has a lot to offer when it comes to culture as there are so many people from many different countries living and working together. Of course, Berlin is also home of Lomography Germany!
Over the past month, we've been holding quite a few events in Lomography stores around the globe to celebrate the coming of the New Petzval Lens. That's right folks, the Petzval is now available in stores and our online shop, and it was more than enough reason to celebrate!
Photography is not only an act of documentation or communication, it is also a way of seeing the world. The camera opens our eyes and lets us see what lies behind the obvious, and we start looking at things as potential subjects of a photograph. Every leak of light unveils secrets that talented photographers turn into a piece of art. Li Hui is one of those gifted artists. We talked to her about her work and her sensitive photographs that picture a wonderful vulnerability.
On Wednesday in Paris, a tragedy took place. Cartoonists and freedom of speech advocates were killed by extremists claiming that they "avenged Prophet Muhammad." Let us, lomographers, take a minute to think about freedom of speech and how we live it.
Aaaaaand we're back to regular programming! Apologies that it took us long to reveal December's winners, we had too much eggnog and partied way past our bedtime. So without further delay, here's The Best of the LomoKino - December.
How can so many good things be revealed in one interview? In this fifteen-minute video, Trent Parke gives his eloquent take on why film photography matters. His stories about drying films on clotheslines and "walking the streets everyday capturing light" also remind us that Film Photography Day is just eight days away!
For the last year we've been working on the next version of Lomography. We based our work on the feedback you’ve given us over the years and we wanted to share it as early as possible with you and can’t wait to hear what you think. Just one warning first: it is still in development and things can break. All the photos, comments, likes, homes and everything else were transferred as of October 16th, 2014. So anything you do on next.lomography.com won't be reflected on www.lomography.com and vice versa. Once we are done with testing, everything you did here will be deleted again. So this is a big playground for you to explore.
It was our great pleasure to chat with the CEO of Ondu Pinhole Cameras, Elvis Halilović, about his interest in pinhole photography as well as the formation of his company that produces handcrafted pinhole cameras. We found his answers fascinating and we think you will too. Thanks Elvis for being so generous in sharing your story and cameras with us!
New York City has long been synonymous to skyscrapers, throngs of people both locals and tourists, neon lights, entertainment, and all things loud and hip. It is, after all, a metropolis, a melting pot of cultures - the city that never sleeps. However, back in the 1960s, Duane Michals was able to capture these photographs of a New York that many people has rarely seen.