The Last Days of Pompeii... or the Start of Lomography?


When I was very young (11 year old) I took some photos of Pompeii. These photos were taken with a Kodak Instamatic camera, with the eye of a child. Back in 1976, Lomography was still unknown, but these old photos are taken in this style. Maybe the beauty of Lomography is to take photos with the style of a very young boy?

The title of this series is from the great Novel written by Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton in 1834. Enjoy some photos taken through the eyes of a child in 1976, using a simple Kodak Instamatic camera (still working, my “young boy Leica”!) with a plastic lens, fixed focus, fixed time, and aperture.

I found these old photos and now after a digital reproduction and a colour balance with Gimp, I’m happy to share these images with you. The colour balance is necessary due to a red-magenta hue in the print of these old photos (maybe caused by a bad colour print process).

These photos were taken during my summer holiday in the South of Italy, in a camp at Ascea Marina, near the famous “Costiera Amalfitana”, and near the border between the regions of Calabria and Campania.

With my parents, we spent three weeks in a beautiful sea, camping with some excursions to visit the most important beauties nearby.

The city of Pompeii is an old Roman town-city buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The eruption buried Pompeii under approx. 5 meters of ash and pumice, and it was lost for 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749. The excavations recovered an important city of the Roman Empire.

Today, Pompeii belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is one of the most touristic attraction of Italy, with more than 2 million visitors every year.

written by sirio174 on 2012-01-23 #places #art #culture #boys #location #lomography #old-photos #pompei #art-and-culture #kodak-instamatic #very-young #11-years-old


  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Great, I love old photos of the 1970's

  2. jodimeetdiana76
    jodimeetdiana76 ·

    I was there in September and it looks the same, just with more people!

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