A couple of days ago we got a request from "maxpinkers":http://beta.lomography.com/homes/maxpinckers asking us for some advise in building a Lomowall that he would like to present later on this month in Brussels.
A couple of days ago we got a request from maxpinkers asking us for some advise in building a Lomowall that he would like to present later on this month in Brussels.
Our Lomowall architects here at Lomography share their tips below:
The “best way” to build a Lomowall is in fact doing it your own way and using your own style. At Lomography we use the following process.
First of all, we have to think about the size of the Lomowall. For Lomographic purposes we create larger walls and therefore need to use panels. A panel is 610 × 910 mm and consists of 81 images (9 × 9). The first step then is to calculate how many panels we will need in total and how many images this then translates into.
Once we have done this we decide on how many times we want to repeat a single image in the wall. Repetitions generally look good and add a pattern from a distance which gives the image a greater impact. We usually repeat a picture 6 times for smaller walls (12 panels) and 9, 12 or at times even 15 times for larger walls. Once we have decided the repetition rate we calculate how many individual motifs we will need.
The next step is to do the layout. To make the wall look impressive we play with different options before we make the final pick. Try to use patterns, include some chaotic areas, play with the contrast and the gradient, and try to tell a story with your content. You can also change the orientation of your patterns. It is a little bit like a musical score, you have to play with the tune, change it sometimes but always look at the big picture and see how the overall mood is. Remember to always have a look at your layout from a distance as well as this gives you a better idea of the overall pattern.
When we are happy with the look of the layout we put the pictures on the panels. At Lomography we start from the top left corner with picture one and then add them row by row. Once we have done this on all panels we put the panels together to assemble the complete Lomowall.
We use glossy small prints (6.8 × 10.2 cm – they may be harder to get as most labs start with 9 × 13 cm). This small format is perfect for active Lomographers as they are cheaper and easier to store (as you know your personal archive grows very quickly!) We also use 1mm thick plastic panels that are covered with a double-side adhesive foil, but you can of course use other means to stick them together. In the end this depends on the availability of materials and on how much you want to spend on your wall.