How did I come to be an obsessed Lomographer? Find out in this article!
My entry into Lomography was much like an addict’s entry into drugs; it all started with a friendly dealer giving you a taste of the goods. I was just a simple photography enthusiast without a camera or even a rudimentary knowledge of photography. School or formal education were out of the question so I just borrowed a camera and shot roll after roll of film. I went to a local camera shop and and barraged him with a million and one questions and he kindly obliged giving me lectures on photography, film and cameras. I slowly learned and shot.
Then, one day, I went into the shop and asked him for the cheapest medium format camera he had. He lit right up and told me he had the perfect camera for me. He rummaged through the clutter and pulled out tattered and worn box and layed it on the counter. The cover showed a picture of a plastic camera and the name Diana was printed down the side. This was an original Diana camera, he told me all about the mysterious camera, the more he went on about it the more excited I got.
This was the first camera I ever bought for myself, it was also my intro to Lomography.
From the moment I handed over the money I was hooked on the lomography lifestyle. I shot everything I could with that Diana, I surfed the Lomography website for info and ideas. Soon I cut off the lens on my Diana and made a pinhole camera out of it. Then I came across a Holga and shot with that, then I made my own Holgaroid camera.
Since then I have accumulated many cameras from a 4×5 to a Kodak 110 camera. But I almost always have a Lomo style camera in my bag or close at hand. I’ve used them for just about any kind of situation and I’ve never been let down.
More than anything Lomography has encouraged me to think outside the box. It has inspired me to look at photography differently, to see the perfection in imperfection.
Some photographers have an instinct for the unique. Whereas others aim to fashion the ordinary into a singular picture, these hunters are obsessed with what cannot be found elsewhere. They prize an exclusive scoop on architectural patterns, artisan quirks, and objects that stick out of an everyday scene. And when the photographers find them, they will twist and turn to get the most flattering angle. Only right for curiosities that beg to be shared.
When a photographer encounters a pair, an instinct rushes in, "Is this a special, intimate moment I just stumbled on?" Or else, those accidents of two objects, two birds, two swaying plants camping together especially for your photo. This might not be the case, but it's still a pleasant thing for patterns and quirks to find their way into an everyday shot.
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!
To recreate imagination into physical works of art takes a persevering heart and patient spirit. Artist and story-teller Oleg Oprisco's photographic, visual literature of contemporary phantasms did not take an instant to be manifested in reality.
An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available as an eBook from Amazon.com. In this article, Healy explains how you can find ways to do street photography even if you live in a rural area.
Shh! We've got a secret matter at hand, and it's coming at you at the speed of light!
We're being as mysterious as the Cosmos about our new out-of-this world product, constantly orbiting around our big reveal. But the eclipse will pass and soon the stars will align. Until then, there must be some questions floating around in the universe, right? Well, there's no need to look to the stars to find your answer! Stay on Lomography's wavelength as we kick into hyperdrive. Let your imagination skyrocket and see if you can decipher our otherworldly clues!
With his mastery of light and shadows, veteran lomographer Roberto Fiuza can turn anything his camera captures into gold. He chases then morphs silhouettes and reflections into eye-catching images. In this interview, our newest LomoGuru opens up about his passion for photography, shooting with an LC-A, his alternative LomoHome name, and more.
13th Street, To Kwa Wan could be one of the most underrated local icon. Have you ever encountered a situation where you just can't fit the whole view into your frame? Worry not… we are going to fit everything into one picture. How? Find out and join us!
Brazil is an awesome country for traveling. There's so much to explore, each place very different from one another. It will definitely take a stretch of trips just to get to know this this South American pearl. I finished my copa tour last year in Marajó, the island of bulls—it just might be an eternal highlight for me.
What's a sure way to not lose your beloved travel photos? You can bring your instant camera with you! In this article, I'll tell you some of the lomographic moments I collected during my last trip in Cracow.
Colors may be amped to look unreal, like nothing of this world. Shots may be doubled, cross-processed, post-processed, mixed up into collages. The possibilities are infinite, yet some photographers still prefer black and white. Even in 2016, it is an ode to classic values of precision and balance. Light and shadow must be one pleasing dance. And just like in a well-choreographed piece, forms are obvious or playing coy. It all depends on how you're looking.
This article is dedicated to a great American photographer who spent many years of her career documenting the lives of the most vulnerable people, touching on themes like loneliness, homosexuality, drug addiction, and civil right struggles: Mary Ellen Mark, who passed away in May this year.
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