Some years ago I learned a lab technique known as "sandwich" or "sandwiching", that involves, to say it succintctly, putting a negative on top of another on the enlarger, so you combine two or more images in one photograph.
It is a very old photomontage technique, it goes back to 1857, when a famous swedish photographer and painter, Oscar Gustave Rejlander, exhibited a great work using this technique. There were some purists that didn’t like it, to whom he replied: “I use any technique as a tool that helps me create and improve my works”. (A very good answer in my opinion)
I don’t want to spend too much time with the detailes and many possibilities this technique offers, just share with you that nowadays this process can be used on the scanner, it is another way of creating double or triple exposures (I recommend using the Lomo Digitaliza scanning mask to do it). You can combine antique and new negatives; black and white and colour; a whole array of possibilities to play. I must warn you, it’s important that you keep the density of the originals in mind, because it doesn’t always come out right.
I’m showing you next some examples I have made. It’s photographs where I hadn’t liked the result, I found them bland, however, after combining them with the sandwich technique on the scanner so they wouldn’t be wasted, I liked the outcome.
These photographs not only provide a rare glimpse to the Russian Empire as it was more than a hundred years ago, they also are outstanding examples of a now obsolete photography technique. Learn the story behind Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii's photographs and how they were taken after the cut!
Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected - the image doesn't look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn't be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice... use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.
Photographs with sprocket holes exposed are practically a dime a dozen these days but, of course, this wasn't the case more than 50 years ago. However, former freelance photographer Michael Ciavolino was already able to create one of the earliest examples of this technique back in the early '60s in his groundbreaking photograph called "Boat Ride, Rye Beach." Find out the fascinating story behind this photo, as well as how and why he did it in this exclusive Lomography feature!
In December last year James Wright, editor and creative director of So It Goes Magazine, went on a two-week trip to Sri Lanka, "a place so long on our bucket list, but up until then, as yet unvisited," he writes on the first of his three-part photo diary. Herein is the first of his series that chronicles his adventures, highlighted by a selection of breathtaking images of the Sri Lankan countryside and the locals, among many other images, captured with his trusty photographic companions: the Leica MP, Lomo LC-A+, and an assortment of films including the LomoChrome Purple.
Happy New Year Everyone. We're confident that our January 2015 workshops will help you dust off those January blues and get you smiling again. You'll be able to learn how to expose an image onto fabric or canvas with our LUMI paint workshop, learn the basics of our super Diana F+ camera and take to the streets with the Lomo'instant. There is also a great exhibition of analogue prints from photographer Arat “Huge” Komsawadichai. Find out more and book your spot by clicking here.
In December last year James Wright, editor and creative director of So It Goes Magazine, went on a two-week trip to Sri Lanka, "a place so long on our bucket list, but up until then, as yet unvisited," he writes on the first of his three-part photo diary. Herein is the second part of his series that chronicles his adventures, highlighted by a selection of breathtaking images of the Sri Lankan countryside and the locals, among many other images, captured with his trusty photographic companions: the Leica MP, Lomo LC-A+, and an assortment of films including the LomoChrome Purple.
Originally from USA, biochemistry student Hayden Williams traveled halfway across the world to continue his studies in Hong Kong. Going to the Far East opened an opportunity for him to explore what he truly love the most: photography. His adventures in his current home, no matter how spontaneous, are captured in well-executed double exposure photographs. Meet our newcomer of the week, haydenwilliams.
Yes, we're still very much on Earth. Marvel at these breathtaking photographs taken with the LomoChrome Purple 35mm, culled from the most popular bunch in the community (also, find out how you can earn piggies and have your very own photographs be featured on the Online Shop)!
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