Come see how a select group of men and women keep the traditional art of weaving alive.
The cottage industry of Abel Cloth weaving is highly regarded the world over. There are only a few surviving abel weavers today since the craft was passed on from generation to generation. There was a time when during the Galleon Trade Era that the demand for the hand-woven cloth threatened the production of Spanish weaving industry. But now only a few families are in the business and this has proved to be quite profitable for them also. Since they supply both local and international demand for the study and intricately made pieces. I am from a nearby province and I had no inkling that the bags, blankets, place mats, table runners were all made here. I spoke to the owner of the weaving shop that I went to and he related to me how his family started in the business six generations ago. Up on his display cases he had plaques recognizing his contribution to local culture through the propagation of his family business.
I was expecting an army of old ladies working the hand loom but instead I found an old man who was creating a light colored cloth with a modern look instead of the traditional Ifugao pattern. He told me it was going to be turned into a pillowcase afterward. The intricate process used to involve harvesting cotton and dying them separately and laying them out precisely to come out with the designed patter. Now since the cotton fields of Ilocos have all but vanished the material is sourced from a supplier back in Manila. The foot-treadle loom they used requires both hands and feet to move in sync. Hopefully, this surviving cultural craft can adapt and move with the times just as well
Creating a movie, no matter how short it is, requires an extra effort. For it to be coherent, one must stay focused throughout the entire process - from planning the story, shooting the scenes, to editing the clips. We'd like to commend these lomographers for taking an extra step to keep the spirit of analog movie making alive!
The Nixon Surf Challenge 2015 Photo Exhibition is travelling from New York and arriving in London on October 8th! Come and join us for the opening night and see a selection of images taken by photographers and surfers at the Nixon Surf Challenge in Hainan. There will also be a raffle to win a Nixon Watch and a Lomo'instant Havana.
Join us at the Lomography Gallery Store on Thursday, August 27, for the exhibition opening of Five Minute Density. Meet the five artists who use Instax as a medium, see a live performance by James Tillman, and more.
Marcus Selmer was the first daguerreotype photographer of Bergen, Norway. He was up-to-date with new technologies and even shifted to wet plate collodion process, a more practical alternative to daguerreotypes. In the 1850s, he also made a series of portraits highlighting folk costumes, from floor-grazing bunad dresses to men’s mink coats. The prints were sold to tourists as a remembrance of traditional Norwegian culture.
Some lomographers prefer to hoard as many analog cameras their shelves and budgets can support. Some would rather keep a manageable number that they can regularly shoot with. Community member Joshua Kennedy belongs to the latter group. From 40 cameras, he downsized his collection to 13, as he puts it, "really good ones" that suit his shooting habits and style. In this interview, he breaks down his small yet dependable arsenal of vintage and handmade cameras and how an organized schedule allows him to shoot with each one on a regular basis.
In the work of Binh Danh, art is space for the unnamed to be seen. When war is the theme every detail counts. How does one person tackle this massive issue, where death and the value of lives intersect? A one-man job becomes a job about other men. And so for his series "Immortality: The Remnants of the Vietnam and American War" he made chlorophyll prints to express the indelible mark of war on various lands. Soldiers and laymen whose faces and records have been archived are given another chance to be remembered.
As a core member of Yamanaka Yuko, a local hiking group based in Hong Kong, AM Renault is deeply in love with nature. He is also part of the creative photography group Six Dimen Boy and is good at intertwining photography with art and design elements -- making photos not only useful for documenting what we see, but also as a means to tickle the imagination. The young and talented AM tried out the New Russar+ lens while traveling in Japan with his father. He talks about his experience and shares the sights from his journey in this Lomography Magazine exclusive.