Lomography is my passion so I know hundreds of shooters all of different quality. Some stick the odd album up every so often and some of the pictures will be stunning. Some bombard the site with shots every day and a high percentage will be great. Some of my truly favorite shots have been taken almost by mistake.
A photo will pop up and when you look through the album it’s an obvious learner, someone having fun and abiding by the ten rules! Kick back have fun, shoot from the hip! In this album there will be one truly breath taking image and I wonder if they even know how much experienced lomogs would kill to of taken that shot!
That is in essence why I love lomography. So I sat down and decided to go through my blog www.iamanalogueboy.com this has been my little scrap book of the best analogue shots I can find. This helps me not only remember but also helps narrows the choice down.
I think a top ten list also comes down to the type of shot you like. Do you like portraits or landscapes, rats eye views, hip shots, Doubles, light leaks, chemical ruining?! Then there are the cameras! Some lomosexuals are very good at medium format for instance but not at the LCAs of this world. Some are great at multi lenses but can’t get on with the toy camera range!
So I decide to pick my top ten for me rather than the community. What has this lomographer done to me? Everyone in this list has inspired me to try a new technique, buy a new camera, try a new location, film. My criteria got even tougher (as I couldn’t get down to ten) and decided that they could only go in my list if I would be happy to purchase one of their shots and hang it In my house.
This makes it a lot more difficult and I thought as this is the top ten I should be willing to spend my hard earned pennies on their work.
So in alphabetical order (to avoid classifying them as 1-10) with no further a dew, lomographers lend me your lenses….
Dogma is a great lomographer from Lithuania. His shots are a great example of an accomplished all rounder. Some doubles, portraits, some with splitzer. You can tell all of his shots are clearly thought about but still have the element of fun that should be in lomography.
Eskimofriend the lomopro from Germany has a great collection of cameras and has really forged a great new path in the world of landscape photography. He is great for the community as not only inspires others with his work but he is happy to talk and explain his creations. He truly deserves to be in my top ten.
Hodachrome is a talented lomologue from Japan. His photos really have made me so jealous; one of his shots was recently reblogged from my site 360 times. He has a great eye for background and has mastered the splitzer. He doesn’t just stick to what he knows and always tries different films but has become an expert at redscale
Jorgesato needs to be in your list. A lomophile from Brazil with an incredible eye for detail and a masterful eye for making the ordinary amazing. His current work using a splitzer is incredlible and I had no hesitation in including him in my top 10. He is one of the quiet lomogang and doesn’t get enough props for his work.
This Lomologue from Sweden is nuts, his work is in a league of its own. He has embraced each camera and has developed new techniques which I now see a lot of people trying to replicate. In terms of pioneering he is bringing our community forward with his modern compositions with old technology. He is another of my “overlooked” crowd and he definitely deserves more praise for his inspiring collection. His techniques involving playing with the chemical make up of the films resulting in stunning art.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about this master from Germany. His work crops up all over the place and quite rightly so. He deserves to be in my top ten for his work within the community alone but his photos are imaginative and provocative in their own right. He is a never faltering lomomate who his continually trying new cameras, films and locations. He is a shining example of a member of the community and artist.
This lomonut from Sapmi is really exceptional. You will not beat him for the life that he captures on film. He has spent the summer herding reindeer and has been a pro snowboarder. What makes him great and easily in my top ten is he has not tried hard to get good results he has merely captured his life and what’s around him. Something I think you need to do to get good at lomography. He is a constant source of wisdom with regards to culture and has not only produced amazing photos but they boarder of the political and his portfolio should be viewed by everyone interested in culture.
This lomoz from Australia has no idea how good he is. His modesty is almost as great as his photos. He has got a great eye for capturing the unseen, the mundane and turning it into something of beauty. He has taken some of my favorite shots of all time and has such a way with his framing which is not attempted by most. He makes this art form look easy and could rival most in his knowledge of the lens. You can tell in his photos that he is very purposeful about his subjects and knows how to get the best out of a shot. I think he could take a photo of the most boring of things and it would still look super!
The first woman to break into my top ten. Susie from Spain is a pillar of the community and is a great experimenter. Always up for doing doubles and learning from others. She has a collection of cameras that any lomosexual would be proud of and yet is another one that proberley doesn’t know just how good she is. She is such a nice woman and is such an accomplished all rounder. I think her creative photos are what makes her stand out from the crowd. She is one that will be mentioned by many in their top ten and rightly so. She is a master of the medium format.
Last but certainly not least we have Zoe from the UK. Zoe is one of my favourite portrait photographers. She has the skill of being able to forge her own path and learning from others and putting her own flare into it. She makes shots in her back garden something worthy of hanging in any gallery. She is creative and has such an individual style when it comes to the ways of the analogue. She is one of the most active members of the community I know and is always happy to share her experience with a variety of cameras and techniques.
As I have been writing this I have been taken back by looking through my top tens lomohomes and re-living their creations. I have also been pleased that the lomopros through no intention are from so many different countries. We have Lithuania, Germany (2), Japan, Brazil, Sweden, Sapmi, Australia, Spain and the UK.
This set of lomopros should be proud for the part they have paid in excelling the art of analogue and I give personal thanks for taking my breath away.
written by welland on 2011-10-07