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Our Favourite Subject: Shoegazing

“Why do so many lomographers take pictures of their shoes?" Simple: sometimes you just have to look down to snap a great photo. Here is a collection of some of the community’s finest shoegazing pics.

Photo by superkulisap

“Why do so many lomographers take pictures of their shoes and cappuccino cups (and sometimes of their bikes as well)? Too vanilla for us…we prefer mental hospitals!” That’s what Italian-British graphic designer and photographer Giorgio Giussani recently asked his fans on his Facebook page.

Giorgio admits to using Lomography cameras himself occasionally and he has a LomoHome, yet he is not a big fan of the brand or its community. Although he likes the same stuff that many lomographers do, such as double exposures and cross-processing, and he tags his pictures on Flickr with ‘lomo’ and ‘lomography’, Giorgio is annoyed by the randomness of people snapping pics of their shoes.

Photo by bxlomo

So does he have a point? Well, type ‘shoes’ in the search box on Lomography.com and you will get 12,375 hits. Narrow it down to a particular brand, for instance ‘Vans shoes’, and you still get hundreds of results. Some of these shoe pics are crap, most are mediocre, but some really do stand out, because they are great doubles, creatively composed or the x-pro colours worked out well. Whether they are new or old, lost or found, red or green, on or off: lomographers just can’t get enough of their shoes.

Photo by renatamotteran

Which made me wonder: why? Why do we love taking pictures of the dirtiest piece of our outfit? Is it because they are the easiest things to photograph – just point down and shoot? Is it because we want to show off our hundred dollar kicks to the rest of the world? Or is it because a picture of your shoes is simply an alternative form of self-portrait? A recent American study showed that your shoes say a lot more about you than you think: by looking at shoe pictures, you can judge 90% of people’s personal characteristics, such as age, sex and wealth.

Photo by superkulisap

So what do our shoes say about the Lomography community? We like Converse, Vans and Nike shoes the most, we like to skate, laze on the beach and party. We like colour, particularly red and green. Or as one lomographer put it: “Shoes are awesome.” And apparently, wherever we go and whatever we do, there is always a camera at hand to snap a shoe pic. Here is a selection of some of the best.

Shoe doubles

Fisheye shoes

Action shoes

I <3 my Vans

Just do it.

Adidas shoes

All Stars

Red shoes

Green shoes

Skate shoes

Shoes on the beach

Shoes in the grass

Empty shoes

Group shoes

Like this article if you have ever taken a picture of your shoes and post the link in the comments below!

written by sandergroen

36 comments

  1. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    that's a lot of VANS!! I love it!

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  2. sandergroen

    sandergroen

    Vans are definitely favourite among lomographers! :)

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  3. bloomchen

    bloomchen

    hi, nice article/collection. But to be honest you definitely missed one shot of mine :o) http://www.lomograph(…)os/16630021

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  4. priyankamehta13

    priyankamehta13

    haha ! nice picture @bloomchen ! I like to take pictures of my feet and shoes too :-P haha nice !

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  5. sandergroen

    sandergroen

    @bloomchen: Fab pic indeed - where is that? :)
    @priyankamehta13: Share the links of the best ones with us? :)

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  6. lomofrue

    lomofrue

    awesome article! looove it!

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  7. sirio174

    sirio174

    but this is summertime... take off your shoes and relax! http://www.lomograph(…)feet-rocket

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  8. sirio174

    sirio174

    No shoes, no socks,... no problems! Relax! http://www.lomograph(…)no-problems

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  9. sandergroen

    sandergroen

    @lomofrue: Thanks! You have any shoe pics yourself?
    @sirio174: That's cheating, 'cause this article is about shoes shoes shoes! ;)

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  10. sirio174

    sirio174

    @sandergroen And it is a GREAT article! Great selection!

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  11. neurodiaz

    neurodiaz

    Cool selection, nice article, :D enjoyed it!

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  12. madnad

    madnad

    thanks

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  13. nonegraphies

    love vans <3

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  14. istionojr

    istionojr

    cool sets!

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  15. stratski

    stratski

    Heh, I guess I´m the only Meindl fan here, these are all mine...
    http://www.lomograph(…)7150-meindl

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  16. sandergroen

    sandergroen

    @sirio174, @neurodiaz, @madnad, @istionojr: Thanks! :)
    @stratski: Well, with literally thousands of shoe pics to choose from, I've limited myself to casual shoes, i.e. sneakers. ;)

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  17. sandergroen

    sandergroen

    Also I forgot to include my own two shoe pics:
    A friend and me who own exactly the same pair of Vans: http://www.lomograph(…)os/17284763
    My Nike SBs in the snow: http://www.lomograph(…)os/17892389

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  18. eva_eva

    eva_eva

    One of my fav subject to shoot! :) Awesome gallery here @sandergroen :)

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  19. jaminsemirang

    jaminsemirang

    @sandergroen thanks for including my lomograph on this article.

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  20. pfvandenbroek

    pfvandenbroek

    Hi Sander, tof artikel en mooie selectie schoenenfoto's.

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  21. bravebird

    bravebird

    Hey, thanks for including my pictures :D

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  22. sandergroen

    sandergroen

    @eva_eva & @pfvandenbroek: Thanks! :)
    @jaminsemirang & @upic: You're welcome! :)

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  23. headonthegrass

    headonthegrass

    vans vans VANS!!

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  24. roxyvonschlotterstein

    roxyvonschlotterstein

    lovely article. here is my picture: http://www.lomograph(…)os/17942540

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  25. bloomchen

    bloomchen

    it is in flensburg! a city close to the danish border. i´ll be there again in the next two weeks. i guess i´ll surely pass and take a pic of it with another cam.

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  26. dikasapi

    dikasapi

    @adi_totp yeaa adi! 2 of our doubles here hahaha, my vans is goin famous ahahaha :D
    thaannkkss @sandergroen

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  27. superkulisap

    superkulisap

    thanks for sharing my vans shoes :)

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  28. sandergroen

    sandergroen

    @headonthegrass: Vans are the best! :)
    @roxyvonschlotterstein: Thanks! Funny how your tags say 'selfportrait', which proves the point I'm making in the article. :)
    @bloomchen: Yes, be sure to snap more pics! I've seen other shoe lines, but this one is crazy! :)
    @superkulisap: Happy to share your Vans any time, great shots! :)

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  29. roxyvonschlotterstein

    roxyvonschlotterstein

    yeah, i absolutely agree to that point. my feet -> myself = self portrait

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  30. myfolkway

    myfolkway

    Yep, shoes can be nice selfportraits or subjects ! Great article :)
    http://www.lomograph(…)os/16770186

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  31. 007-0815-styler

    007-0815-styler

    ♥ Sneaker Freaker 4 Life ♥

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  32. elenya-y

    elenya-y

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  33. saintempire

    saintempire

    SHOEEEEEES <3 :))

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  34. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    great article, great shoes!

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  35. brettac

    brettac

    @sandergroen Thanks for the feature, love whole the article!

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  36. sandergroen

    sandergroen

    @cinzinc & @brettac: Thank you! Don't forget to share your own shoe pics, I might want to do a second instalment. :)

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