Probably the main reason I love Lomography and shooting film so much is the ability to create beautiful and interesting double exposures unlike no other.
One of the first photos I saw on Lomography was one by dabai, his ‘MX of Dutch Square Clocktower and Flowerbed’ — this was one of the photos which inspired my interest in double exposing objects into flowers, bushes, trees and general foliage. After much experimenting and many failed, ‘messy’ doubles I realised the most effective doubles were the ones where the subject i was trying to exposure the flowers etc into was dark.
This then led to experimenting with silhouettes, the first exposure would be a figure either a person or building positioned in front of the sun, causing them to become a silhouette. The next exposure in theory would be exposed directly into the silhouetted figure, and if the background around the silhouette is bright, the second exposure will not show up at all and only go into the silhouette.
For example in the photo above, the first shot was on my hand blocking out the sun, making it a silhouette, then I simply double exposed it into some flowers, the results are interesting. Experimenting with this simple technique with different cameras and films can lead to beautiful and interesting results, the same technique continues to surprise me.
Community newcomer Lena may have taken a break from shooting film but the "Don't Think, Just Shoot" mindset of Lomography stays on her shooting style. In this interview, she shares how she found her way back to the analogue grind and a selection of her dreamy double exposure photographs.
“Around the World in Analogue” is your bite-size guide to the most amazing travel destinations across the globe, as documented by the members of the Lomography community. Today, Mafalda Sousa (@magrifas) shares the beauty of Bulgaria through her flower-filled double exposure photographs.
For newcomer Aurélie Raidron, shooting on film is a welcome break from the almost perfect image-rendering of digital devices. She makes the most out of the blurs, grains, and "happy accidents" inherent to analogue photography and incorporates them to create hauntingly beautiful photographs.
We at Lomography know that film photography is alive and well, but it has also begun to attract some high-profile attention as analog processes rise in popularity. Recently, Al Roker and the Today Show visited Lomography NYC to find out just what it is about film that people love so much.
Seamus Travers is a photographer based Dublin who predominately shoots using film on his Leica m6 camera. We were struck by the raw power of his photography style and his ability to capture the culture of Ireland. He tested out the Russar+ lens and talked to us about his work.
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!
"Photographing rhymes with freedom of spirit and body," muses HITIMANA René, or blackxsel in the Lomography community, on his "No Rules" photography style. Dive deeper into the creative mind of our young community newcomer and see his fascinating double exposure photographs in this interview.
People love competitions and Lomographers are no different. But more than a search for standout photographs, the TEN AND ONE Annual Competition celebrated the community's shared love for photography and its power to create enduring stories. This list by no means set a conclusive standard on what makes an image good or not. But nonetheless, we're proud to introduce the short films that took the top spot in the Cinematics category.
By far the oddest-looking camera I own, the Electric Eye is an auto-exposure viewfinder camera made by Bell & Howell in the late 1950s. I picked one up online and ended up with another one, that came with a very cool, retro looking carrying case, from my grandfather. It took a little while to try these two out but after running some film I found that this camera is a lot of fun to shoot with.
Do you love music? Lomography USA and Columbia Records have teamed up to find talented analog photographers to shoot concerts on film and have the work featured here in the Magazine. Check out this list of cities in which we are searching for a Lomographer, some shows as early as next week!
Hannah Bailey is a true analogue fan. She uses a range of film cameras to capture women in sports and takes a keen interest in skaters and surfers. Join us for the opening night of her new photography exhibition at the Lomography Gallery Store Soho on June 9th from 6-9pm.
Jimmy Cheng is no stranger to a Lomography Art lens. He owns a Petzval 85 and has shot with the Jupiter +3 and Russar lens. We decided to lend him the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens which he put to the test on a recent fashion shoot in Richmond park.