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Build Your Own Lomowall!

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.

written by lucasjakobsson

17 comments

  1. vegar

    Nice, but when can we build lomowalls on the beta homes. One of my favorite visual features
    on the old lomohomes!

    about 6 years ago · report as spam
  2. brendend

    i second vegar's request - i love how the old lomohomes had badges and profile fields, i hope that's being transfered over to the beta site! :)

    about 6 years ago · report as spam
  3. maxpinckers

    maxpinckers

    WAO !
    This is fantastic ! Exactly what i needed to know for my expo,
    thanks LSI !

    about 6 years ago · report as spam
  4. zoso1019

    I third vegars request. The new lomohomes need to be spiced up a bit

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  5. maddyoulook

    maddyoulook

    i have one in my room :)

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  6. butter

    Good advice... I was always curious. I love the repetition of photos! I never knew there was a system to it, just thought you slapped on what you thought looked nice. I wish I had the space to make one of these!

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  7. strangelilgirl

    strangelilgirl

    fourth to the request!!! but i'm sure LSI already knows all of this and is planning to have just as cool if not even cooler stuff once beta is nearing completion.

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  8. alexcuterockerartist

    alexcuterockerartist

    i have also a lomowall at my room...
    size - 60x55 inches
    size of picutre - 4R
    number of subject pictures - 14
    total pictures - 187
    type paper - glossy
    ipinandikit - Blu-Tac
    nagprint - DigiPrint
    nagupet - si ninong

    heres the link guys...
    http://alexcuterocke(…)my_LOMOWALL
    hope you like it...thanks!!

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  9. weechonghooi

    weechonghooi

    thanks for the tip.. i think i am going to make a lomowall to my room soon!!!

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  10. lucasjakobsson

    lucasjakobsson

    @ most of you

    yes a lomowall is in the plan for the beta homes. Coming soon :)

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  11. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    i liked the london-lomowall-tool! that would be amazing on beta-homes...! combining different sizes,... JAAAAAAA! will it be like this?!

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  12. louvetau

    louvetau

    I've got clips))

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  13. louvetau

    louvetau

    I've got clips))

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  14. jonasfx

    jonasfx

    why just put them one way? they should be able to be both ways.
    hm... a square of standing photos amongst lying ones?
    since I don't have any 6.8x10.2 photos to play with I made a list..

    6.8
    13.6
    20.4-3rd
    27.2
    34
    40.8-6th
    47.6
    54.4
    61.2-9th
    68

    10.2
    20.4-2nd
    30.6
    40.8-4th
    51
    61.2-6th
    71.4

    this is just a start of a theoretic idea but it would be cool if you could mix in a box like that in your lomohome. eh, eh? right guys??
    I'd love it~~<3

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  15. jonasfx

    jonasfx

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  16. kylewis

    kylewis

    I agree with all of the above.
    It would be a very cool and exclusive idea if LSI provided a wall building tool, like the one we used for the Congress last year. That would be an incredible feature!!! PLEASE YES?!

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  17. stickyvinny

    stickyvinny

    Do you use the double-sided adhesive foil to stick the plastic panels to the wall also, or is it just used to stick the pictures to the panel?

    over 4 years ago · report as spam