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UK CitySlicker Msnicks: Loving London

Street photography, party shots and hidden city streets. London has almost every photo opportunity available. Here are some of my shots from an LC-A and other Lomography cameras!

As the stereotypical ‘kid in a small town’ story goes, I’d always dreamt of moving to the city. When your only sources of entertainment is an old man’s pub and a field full of cabbages you at least hope for something more.

At 15, Camden was the place to be and I’d visit regularly, demanding my hair to be dyed a different shade of red, blue or pink on my return. At 19, it was Brick Lane and Soho, for the make-up and eclectic fashion.
Finally, I landed a job in the city centre and moved in. I’ve now been a live-in Londoner for almost two years and my Lomo cameras have documented the lot.

The best way to see the city is to avoid public transport. Walk or bike, even bus if you must. London is like is like a junk shop of treasures, if you spend the time travelling underneath in the dark you’re going to miss the gems that lurk in-between like a previously loved LC-A in a box of broken white goods tucked in the corner. Cycling is one of the quickest ways to get around and if you don’t have your own, you can borrow one off Boris thanks to the Mayor’s cycling scheme. Bikes are great photo opps too, see:

It’s the best place for people watching, and therefore street photography too. My first Lomowalk around Soho with a Lubitel proved rich with shooting opportunities. Each area has distinctive personalities and you’ll only discover its character by straying down the streets.

Take your camera on an East-End night out. My mate runs a club night called Smackdown and has got me taking pictures for him, I’ve found the analog possibilities are endless. From only partially winding on my Diana Mini to create a panorama, to dulling the flash on my LC-A with tracing paper for a blurry effect. There are numerous ways to instill the essence of a night on film, but the LC-A instants that we give out have proved very popular.

This is just brief overview of analog life in London, I could write a book on each area, but I’ll try to keep each article a bit shorter than that. So this London-lover is signing out.

The Lomo LC-A is the camera that started the Lomography movement. With full controls and wide ISO range, this automatic gem is perfect for beginners and professionals alike. Get your own Refurbished LC-A in our Shop!

written by msnicks

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