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Evolution of the City = ЛОМО

We’re living all the benefits and the chaos of the globalization era. One of the most important features of Lomography is that it gives you the opportunity to go out and discover any cool and hidden spots of your town/city, just at this moment in which it’s rapidly changing and evolving.

Photo by yopanic

If you live in a large town or city, you’ve surely noticed how rapidly urban environments are growing and evolving. Suburbs have become incredibly close to the center in the few last years, becoming part of it: this phenomenon is due to both the increase of public transports and the really fast expansion of the suburban areas. This kind of evolution changed the face of many European cities, including mine.

The moment in which I started to shoot analog coincided with the period when I got to know my city well. It might seem stupid, but only with an analog camera that I really started going out and discover every single hidden spot of my hometown, while trying to make some analog shot.

As I stated many times in my previous articles, I think that the most amazing (and) storytelling part of street photography is people who live in a town/city: they are the most important characters in street photography shots, because they interact with elements of the panorama and they don’t have a secondary role in the beauty of the place (they’re a part of it).
People tend to evolve with the same speed with which buildings and suburbs evolve. You can watch some old pictures and see how much different human habits were just a few decades ago: the ability to make differences between the past and the present is one of the main reason why photographing is cool.

Lomography is a great mean to document the evolution of our world, even though it’s too fast for us; a picture could seem really bad to you today, but someday it will tell someone how life was like in this period of rapid changes in our environment.

written by yopanic

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