“Please Don’t Smile” is a series of full-body portraits taken by Malte Wandel over the nine months that he spent living in Ghana in 2011.
Please Don't Smile features an array of characters — some who Wandel knew personally, and some he spontaneously photographed on the street — providing an inside look on the lives of those living in West Africa.
“Discreetly, he approaches passers-by, places eccentric individuals and representatives of unknown subcultures centre-frame and allows us an unusual view into life and personalities in today’s West Africa. Directly and unmodified, Wandel’s work deals with a wide variety of characters and the circumstances of their lives – during their hard daily work but also in their leisure time. – About, Please Don’t Smile
Fascinating, isn’t it? You can check out more of Wandel’s work here.
Taiwan-based analogue photographer BlackDog Wu used to be a full time photographer; now he is an owner of a coffee shop. He still loves taking photos, so he took the Lomo'Instant Wide with him to the streets of Taiwan and shot some portraits.
Charles, aka aMusephotographer, is an award-winning bridal photographer based in Singapore. He recently tested a prototype of the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Lens, producing a series of ethereal and dreamy portraits. He answers a few questions on the experience in this interview.
The young photographer friends set out to America’s West to reconnect with nature. It all began as an individual documentation of the world around them and organically formed into a collaborative project over the course of their trip. The result is a self-published art book that explores the relationship between nature and their bodies.
We are living in the time when very few things may surprise or shock us. However, being courageous to express emotions and show a naked female body is still a controversy and the topic of numerous discussions.
To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the legendary Petzval Lens, Lomography teamed up with Fashion Walk to curate a visually breathtaking Lomographic exhibition. 13 portrait photographs taken by photographers and artists around the world is exhibited.
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."
It can be said that photography is more than just a click on the camera, it makes the moments, people and emotions live forever. This was confirmed to us by an exceptional Dutch photographer Ferry Verheij, whose photographs represent stories of all those people and places he had a chance to know.
Last year, Armin Amirian talked to Lomography about his motivations as an artist, his inspiration for his work and the difficulty of pursuing his passion in the society he belongs to. With that came a collection of images that reflected the concerns he and his fellow countrymen are faced with every day. The Iran-based photographer returns with insight on his new body of work.
Xavier Boldú is a London based photographer who has managed to perfectly capture the full potential of the Petzval 85 lens through his stunning portraits. He shares some of his favorite images and talks about his passion for this bokeh art lens.