Sunday 8th of February 2009 will be one of these dates I'll remember. I processed my own slide films. In my kitchen.
Sunday 8th of February 2009 will be one of these dates I’ll remember. I processed my own slide films. In my kitchen.
Let’s start from the beginning. The only lab in Québec that was offering cheap slide processing stopped its activity. I decided to buy their processing machine. It was an old Jobo ATL 3, broken and dirty. It took me about two weeks to completely clean it and repair it. And now it works. The Jobo ATL 3 is a rotating drum (or rotary tube) processor. It’s basically a huge water bath (@ 38°C) that fills and empties automatically with chemicals a big black drum containing the films (5 X 35mm, or 4 X 120).
It’s a kine of big monster taking half of the space in my kitchen…
My two friends from Paris, Pol & Tom, came to visit me recently (Pol made a nice aquarelle of my struggle to make this old rusty thing work). I shot a kodak EPR 64, outdated since 1989 with my horizon, during the Carnival of Québec. And then I processed it in my kitchen. It was easier than I thought. I was really happy of the result.
I really encourage anyone to get a film processor if they have the possibility (mine cost 400$), I really felt something intense when I removed the processed film out of the drum…
There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.
Two years ago I swore to myself, I'll be coming back soon!" This October my chance finally came and I flew for the second time to New York City to visit my dear colleagues in the Lomography Gallery Store New York. What I didn’t see coming, though, is the opportunity to test a new secret film during my trip.
Last Sunday, the local rugby team Rugby Como played the first match of the 2014-1025 season. Rugby is my favorite sport to photograph, and for some years I've been documenting almost every home match of this young team. This time I used a 1959 Zorki 5 camera with a vintage 1958 Industar-50 lens loaded with a timeless film, the Ilford HP5+ developed in a century-old developer, the mythical Rodinal. Take a look after the jump!
My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. In February, I wanted to take one of those long exposure night shots of traffic. You know the type: nighttime cityscape, with bright red and white stripes where traffic passes. I love those shots, but I had never gotten around taking one.
From February to July, I experienced one the happiest times of my life: I lived in China. I lived in Suzhou, Jiangsu, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. So here's some advice directly from me to you—what to do in Suzhou?
While I was browsing through my first photo album, I came across a series of photos taken in 1981 during a beach holiday at the French coastal village of St. Gilles Croix de Vie in Vendee. I took these photographs with my first camera that I received for my 11th birthday. Have a look!
This article is the first one that I want to dedicate to the Expo 2015. A month ago, my city Como hosted a night spectacular preceding the opening of the Universal Exposition in Milan. With my Praktica and color film, I documented this joyful, artistic event.
Ed Choi regards Lomography as one of the best things that happened to him. In this interview, the latest member to join the roster of LomoGurus talks about how cross processing slide films sparked a great friendship, taking instant photos in Himalayas, and creating the perfect double exposure photograph.
In the week preceding the elections for the European Parliament, several political rallies were held in Como. As with all other public events in my city I documented one of these rallies, this time using a Russian film camera Zorki 6 loaded with a black and white film roll. Take a look!
Have you been eying up the beautiful Lomo’Instant Sanremo Edition? Well, now’s the time to place your order! We are starting to ship the current batch of pre-orders right now (the delivery date will depend on your location) and are now taking pre-orders for the next batch which we estimate will be ready to ship by December 12th. This next batch of pre-order cameras will be the last stock we have for delivery before the upcoming holidays and will be delivered on a first come, first served basis; so place your pre-order now to secure your place in the queue and avoid disappointment!