Meet Helen, one of our Lubitel Lovers and a self-confessed “hardcore creative visual artist.” She’s also known as “scootiepye” in the community!
1. How long have you been a Lomographer? How did you get into it?
I started back in 2000 with my first Lomo camera which was a yellow Supersampler. I saw a friend of mine with the oddest camera I had ever seen I really had not seen anything like it before so I ordered one straight away! That’s where it all began I still have the camera and it still works.
2. Write a Lubitel acrostic
3. The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had.
Wow this is pretty tough to answer, as I have had so many over the years now one of my favourites took place in China at the lomo congress where a whole heap of taxi cabs were ordered to take the occupants at the hotel and take us anywhere we wanted to go I was travelling with Rowena from Australia a tip top Ozzie bird with loads of sparkle and fun; we hung out the back windows of the cab sitting on the side of the windows which we rolled down looking at each other across the roof screaming our heads off wearing Russian hats and just going totally wild. The driver was speechless. I laughed so hard I was almost sick – it was so much fun.
Mel Brackstone introduced herself as an "old woman with a love of the surreal." Her energy is palpable; with the soft delicacy in her photos, she comes across as an old soul that sees through young eyes. She is self taught and lives in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, She discovered the Petzval Lens in 2014.
In this installment of My First Lomo Affair, artist and photographer Courtney Christiansen, known in the community as cmart, recalls his first adventure with the Oktomat and how it encouraged him to stretch the limits of his creativity and embrace the experimental aspect of film photography.
Doug DuBois spent five summers photographing the small neighborhood of Russell Heights in Ireland to capture the essence of coming of age: the inevitable loss of youth and the imminent transition into adulthood. Those four years resulted in his latest book, My Last Day At Seventeen. The book is a visual tale told through a collection of photographs and gives an alternative perspective through a comic narrative around the same subject. This creative combination of two distinct narratives in one book not only works wonderfully in visual terms; it also serves as an essential tool that lets the reader dig deeper into the story being told, making one go back to the book over and over again, yet from a new perspective, every single time.
The Pfaueninsel ("Peacock Island"), also known as "Pearl in the Havel sea," is a world cultural heritage and popular destination for Berliners. Loose peacocks, water buffalos and the magical character of the island were also a reason for me to go and spend one Sunday afternoon there, with my LC-A+ and the LomoChrome Purple film.
"Finding Katherine April" is an ongoing photographic installation project by Katherine April, which has her dispersing prints of her self-portraits across Cambridge City Center. With a couple of months already passing since the launch, Lomography speaks with the Cambridge and London-based visual artist and writer about the idea behind her project, as well as the public reception and her personal reflections towards it.
The Lomo LC-Wide creates an irresistible, saturated range of colors which is the perfect pairing for all you portrait connoisseurs out there. And with its brilliant 17mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens, you can get in on the action too! We loved how these proud portraits (and self-portraits) from our Online Community showed off the charming characteristics of the LC-Wide!
We constantly search far and wide, meticulously seek out, hunt down, and hand-pick some of the most experimental and alternative gear out there - and we've now gathered them all in one easy to browse shop category, ready for the picking! In the Lomo-Bazaar, you canalso be part of our process of collecting fresh new products, rare treasures, and crowd-funded creations to sell on the shop - after all, they’re all for you! Get in touch with us to share your suggestions for amazing gear - go on, we’re all ears!
Artist Nathalie Daoust dives into unknown realms to explore questions around escapism. For her project “Tokyo Hotel Story” she was granted exclusive access to the Alpha-In, one of Tokyo’s biggest love hotels and spent several months photographing the dominatrixes who work there. In the following interview, she talks to Lomography about sexuality across cultures and the importance of darkroom experiments in her creative process.
A passion deeply rooted in her childhood, photography serves as a form of meditation and a creative outlet for Germany-based community member roxyvonschlotterstein. Aside from keeping an active LomoHome, she puts forth effort in participating in photography-related projects and activities with her fellow German lomographers. In this interview, she shares more about her memorable experiences in community, thoughts about shooting on film, and a tidbit about her LomoHome name.
It's no secret that the community is a treasure trove of film photography tips and techniques. And this artistic atmosphere is what exactly piqued Kellie Leming's interest. In this interview, our newcomer of the week from Nashville, Tennesse opens up about how the music community in her hometown inspires her to be positive and creative and what shooting on film means to her.