I don’t normally enter these competitions as I am still a Lomo novice and there are many others with more knowledge and experience than me. I was literally forced to do so this time by what I see as an almost criminal omission I noticed whilst reading through the top ten lists already posted. Obviously everybody has their own personal favorites and it is incredibly difficult to narrow the list down to ten but although many of my personal top ten have already appeared in other’s lists, some several times, there is one name notable by it’s absence, and I was forced to correct this obvious mistake. So here is my list, in no particular order other than starting with the one who forced this blog from me.
This lady from Hollywood, California is simply amazing. She displays such range, alternating between strong, bold images and subtle, poignant doubles. Looking through her portfolio for this blog and realising how hard it is to choose just 2 or 3 images reminds me why she must be in the top ten. How many Lomographers do you know who get over 800 ‘likes’ on one photo?
This Japanese guy is a lomographic king Midas, everything he touches turns to gold. Practically every single shot he takes is magic and he is the master of the masters when it comes to the splitzer and homemade redscale. His work is so good, almost too perfect, that when I saw his ‘Industrial Complex’ album I had to question whether it was digital, I should have known better.
Master of the black and white image and the pinhole is this lomographer from Sweden. A true craftsman with an intimate knowledge of the behaviour of light and how best to capture it.
Arresting portraits and stunning Aerochrome images are the trade mark of this Lomographer. Many of his images have a beautiful simplicity which belie the work and understanding needed to create them.
There is a saying; ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’, well troch is the exception. A true heavy weight of the Lomography world, this lady from Canada has such range she deserves to be in anyone’s top ten. Not only does she produce stunning image after stunning image but she is modest and only too willing to share her vast knowledge.
What can you say about stouf? His images speak more than words ever can, they literally leave you speachless. Many times I have sat, open mouthed, for several seconds just gawping at the breath-taking beauty he captures. A master of experimentation and homemade processing.
This lady from Spain is a genius. Another Lomographer who seems to be able to produce a stunning work of art with every click of the shutter. We all know the mixed emotions of shooting doubles, not warning, hers are always perfect
This Lomogrpaher’s work is characterised by tower blocks and council estates….just kidding. Living in French Polynesia has it’s benefits (if making me insanely jealous is a benefit!) and Vicuna certainly has more than his fair share of beauty to capture but he still manages to capture it in a unique way and bring his own talent, knowledge and style to every shot.
This lomographer’s home is a kaleidoscope of colour. A master of the cross-process her images are characterised by stunning blues, greens and pinks but somehow she manages to mix this with subtle images and sublime doubles.
This prolific lomographer from the USA has an enviable collection of cameras and an even more enviable collection of photographs taken with them. Switching seamlessly between classic photography and pure lomography, clickiemcpete captures life both in all it’s gritty reality and all it’s beautiful surreality.
All of these Lomographers have been inspirational to me, so thank you all. Apologies to all those left out, there are many others whose work I love but ten is a tiny number.
written by lazybuddha on 2011-10-08