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.
One of the things I like the most about the Minitar-1 Art lens is how sharp the focus can be when you shoot with a small aperture. So if you are one of those that like to shoot at night, get a tripod, add this to a late dark winter afternoon, and you will end up with a bunch of beautiful long exposures. This is what I did on my last trip to Europe.
I have always loved the idea of seeing my photos on stone and other natural materials. So, a few months ago, I began googling how it could be done. This is how I discovered (and fell in love with) liquid emulsion. Liquid emulsion is photographic emulsion which you can melt down and paint on any surface. You can then expose an image and develop it using traditional darkroom chemicals. In this article, I would like to explain the process a little, so that if you are also interested in giving this fun process a go, you can!
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.
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"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.
Janne Parviainen is a 35-year-old artist from Helsinki, Finland. He is both a painter and a photographer but sometimes, he swaps his painting tools for light and creates illuminated pieces of art. Abandoned places are his favorite places for shoots because, according to him, "there's so much lived life and stories in abandoned places, they are the lost diaries and photos turned to dust of lives that once bloomed."
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.
"The overarching theme is seeing people in adverse conditions take matters into their own hands and still find the energy to go dancing or fall in love or create art," Astronautalis said of his new album. We found that pretty inspiring, so we teamed up with him for a Rumble competition based on that idea.
Julija Svetlova, also known as "neja" on the Lomography circuit, is a London-based film photographer. She has run workshops for The Photographers Gallery and The University of the Arts and continues to produce beautiful imagery using various film cameras and techniques.
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.