When I first had the idea for the race I thought it was going to be a quirky bit of fun, when LSI got involved it took on a whole new life. To the point where if I stop and think I am unsure if I can actually comprehend the magnitude of what is happening. So many people are now involved all over the world. This thought has really excited me.
When I started looking through the images that were coming back from the competitors I realized that this race is actually even bigger than my original thought. But how? It isn’t just the high quality of images that are coming through (I kind of expected them to be good!) It isn’t the volume of images that I am seeing (I mean if you guys are as addicted to shooting like me then I of course there would be lots) what struck me is the spectrum of images. The interpretations of the missions. Especially in the locations. These cameras are seeing everything, from great touristy attractions to more personal places. We are sharing your cities, your friends and in some cases your holidays. When stragelilgirl got her tattoo – we were there, when sugiyasatomi clung to her horse with her “super thighs” we clung to! All types of places are being explored shot and shared. we have been every where from museums about communism to horse drawn carriage rides arround a city, a river cruise exploring bridges to playing pool. And that’s what makes judging them so darn difficult! How to compare them? How do you remain objective? Let me tell you it isn’t easy – but I, for one, love it. So we all know who the winners are so far but I just wanted to share some of the shots and stories that have really stood out to me.
Firstly, in the first heat anarchy introduced the character of Mr. Flinky:
I also loved northwardnimbus inclusion of a lyric from the song he was listening to while shooting.
One of my favorite stories was from halfawakehaiku and the Vigan River Cruise in which we hear about how the tour operators understood the global significance of the race so well that they rounded local people up just so the boat tour would happen. BrilliantFrom halfawakehaiku
But these are just my personal opinions. I have really enjoyed reading all the locations. And now I would like to give you some LC-A Race Statistics!
There has been 116 race Locations to read through from 19 Lomographers averaging 6.105 locations each
Of those 116 8 were about religious buildings and 8 were about bars 1 was about a kitchen
47 different types of film have been used by 19 Lomographers
6% of Lomographers used Kodak BW400 CN
8% used Lomo X-Pro 200
(see pie chart for the full break down)
The most commonly used brand is Fuji with 38% of Lomographers using it so far (10% more than Kodak)
So what do these facts tell us? Well 2 things – firstly I have had a very quiet day in the office and secondly you guys rock.