This week’s featured lifestyle article is “Portraits of Strangers: To Ask Or Not To Ask, That Is The Question.” Submitted by panchoballard, he mulls over his technique in approaching and photographing interesting people—and dogs—he spots on the street.
“It’s not always easy to take a photo of a stranger. It needs courage and politeness. Or sometimes it just needs pure cheek. This is how I got the shots and why I took them in the first place. Six strangers and a few dogs, here are a few of my favourite stranger portraits, taken on a variety of film cameras.”
“So if you ever see a stranger you’d like to take a portrait of, don’t be afraid to ask. Smile, be polite, lie a little if you need to (i.e. “I really love your hat,” etc.) and don’t pester them if they say no. There are plenty of people out there, you’ll get your shots eventually.”
We picked this post by panchoballard because his approach is very down-to-earth and doable. No long introductions or rude interjections. Plus, those are some really cute dogs.
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If you’d like to be considered for Article of the Week, keep submitting your analogue stories! Check out our requested posts to see what we’re looking for. “Portraits of Strangers” is one of our regular themes so, as panchoballard advises, don’t be afraid to ask!
Children, ever curious and with an innate sense of wonder, ask a lot of questions. Often they're easy enough to answer, but sometimes there are those that leave the adults stumped and mulling over them. The history of the instant camera as we know it began with one such question.
Stephen Dowling is no stranger to the LC-A 120 camera; he has brought it on trips to Brighton, Malta and most recently, on a holiday in Istanbul. In this feature, Stephen talks about his experience shooting with this medium format camera around the markets and mosques of one of Turkey's most colourful and vibrant cities.
Aside from being an immensely talented lomographer, what makes him a perfect LomoGuru is his burning desire to share his knowledge. The city where he lives is full of people who are interested in analog photography, but the lack of easy access to film and equipment poses a challenge for them to pursue their passion. To keep them motivated, Hugo organizes workshops and tours on different film photography techniques and DIY tricks. Let's give a loud round of applause to Hugo Pereira, better known in the community as zulupt, our LomoGuru from Marinha Grande, Portugal!
Reminiscent of traveling photographers of the 19th century, Giles Clement tours through the country with his assistant, Zeiss (an Irish Terrier), offering everything from portrait sessions to wildly creative photographic projects for magazines and companies. And although his mode of transportation may have evolved with the times, his photographic method and gear have changed very little compared to the photographers of days past. Now, with over 3 years of tintyping experience under his belt and an impressive list of clients, he's carved a name out for himself as an accomplished tintyper and continues to spread his passion for this ages-old technique everywhere he goes.
This article is dedicated to the Czech photographer, Josef Koudelka, and his book, "Gypsies," a classic in documentary photography. "Gypsies" contains a series of images Koudelka took between 1962 and 1971 in the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, France, and Spain. Here, he was able to masterfully depict the simplicity of the gypsy lifestyle, never presenting their situation as a social problem but instead showing their lives as a mix of joyfulness and wonder, sorrow and mystery.
Stu Chapman is the founder of Indisposable Concept, a project to encourage people around the world to share what's indispensable about film. What rocks his world as an ambassador of the analogue lifestyle? We asked him to show us with a Konstruktor F.
The LomoLab EU has moved and is now open for business! Analogue lovers from Austria, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxenbourg, and the rest of Europe can send their films to:
However, if you're based in Germany - and you don't mind a longer waiting time, you can still send your rolls for processing to:
Lifesmyle Store Berlin - LomoLAB
Joan Manel Cedó is an avid fan of extreme sports. He has been a rock climber for two decades and has also gained interest in kitesurfing over the years. In both sports, he tries to incorporate his passion for photography. In this instalment of My First Lomo Affair, he talks about how he chance upon the carefree style of shooting with the LC-A+ and all the adventures that followed this discovery.
This week's featured newcomer takes us on adventure around the colorful streets of Bangkok, Thailand. An architect by profession, he is passionate about arts and photography. Let's all give a loud round of applause to witsawarut, our Newcomer of the Week!
East London is the perfect place to spot some interesting and colourful graffiti. Lomography Gallery Store Soho recently ran an LC-A+ workshop where we documented some of the best urban street art in the city!
Hong Kong-based Lomographer Gweilo uses photography to document the changes in the city and its people. This relentless passion, backed by stunning street shots, sealed his place as our Newcomer of the Week.
This young artist has drawn our attention with breathtaking photographs which give colour to the life around us. He has managed to show a perfect blend of nature and its harmony with people. His portraits tell stories of young people around him and different places he visited.