It’s the photographic accidents that sometimes bring out some new twists and thoughts about photography. Things you never really thought about in the first place. Just imagine the lens of your panoramic camera gets loose and creates some very interesting new results? How about that?
On my trip for the “caviar diaries” I took quite some panoramic shots, but I only discovered them recently, while I looked through all the negatives. There were nine developed films I never paid attention to. On this trip my Horizon Perfect broke down. The lens fell off, bit by bit, exposure by exposure. And in this phase of looseness and transition something very peculiar happened. While most of the shots were just unusable and out of focus, there was something like a macro-set-up (well, close-up-set-up would be the correcter term – but macro just sounds so well:) for some while. The close foreground was in focus and the background was unfocused.
This totally turns around the logic of panoramic cameras, whereas the focus region begins from 1 to 2 meters and everything behind is in more or less in focus and everything before that is unfocused. This setup was the first close-up panoramic camera, maybe in history :) This gives you quite some options to tell a story, but still you have to know about it. And when you know about it you have to conserve that set-up, which is impossible. In my case, the lens fell off and I got a new camera. Only after I got all the negatives back I understood, that my pictures had been unfocused from the start. But I am glad for some of the shots in this album and the physical experiment behind it.
And maybe this is some inspiration for a new choice of lenses/ lens-adaptors for Lomographic panoramic cameras. How about close-up, macro- or even telelenses for the Horizon? I think you could really change the face of panoramic photography with that and it would surely be a nice addition to everything that is out there.
Talking about the creation of the world. A big bang, meteors hitting planets, ice age and tectonic breakdancing. The world is an incredible start up and the landscapes, that were created through the elements and time. Sometimes your eyes can still see this amazing process in a timelapse. Such a mystical place is Lake Toba in North Sumatra. Or as the locals call it: Danau Toba.
Our new LomoAmigo Marta Bevacqua recently experimented with the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens. She spoke about her experience with us and shared some Petzval tips as well - check out her interesting interview here!
Our Lomographers love their Petzval and, as a result, they have taken it to the most amazing places: gardens full of green, immensely busy cities and breathtaking landscapes. Yet, sometimes, all you need is what you have right at home. Keeping family memories with the Petzval Lens never looked this good, and golfpunkgirl does it well.
At the time of its inception, photography was considered less a fine art and more a scientific method of reproduction. But anyone who has dabbled in the craft will argue otherwise; that there consists a very specific artistry in the photographic medium. We spoke with Luxembourg-based filmmaker Catherine Dauphin about her thoughts on this wonderful art form. Join us as she answers some of our questions about film, photography, and her short film titled "The Art of Picture Taking."
Walk along the sandy shore, take a dip and splash around, and celebrate summer with the Lomo'Instant San Sebastián! Inspired by the Spanish surf town, this nifty newest edition of the Lomo'Instant is perfect to capture your colorful instant summer snaps!
Stop asking questions and start making statements. We have teamed up with the historic W Washington DC in conjunction with FotoDC to create a wall during the week of FotoWeekDC - one of the biggest photography festivals in the US. Take inspiration and use your imagination to bring the W values of fashion, music and design to life for a Lomowall that will be created in the Living Room (lobby) of W Washington DC.
As a wildlife cameraman and photographer, Ian Llewellyn has worked on a number of television projects. The UK-based lensman breaks free from the strict confines of his profession by engaging in monochrome photography. His personal work is a plethora of abstract and experimental imagery, created in a style distinctly his own. Llewellyn is an ardent user of a Leica Monochrom camera, on which he mounted the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Lens, producing the most imaginative, phantasmic results.
Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett sings about the frustrations, disappointments and the mundane aspects of life in her own animated and sometimes Dylan-esque style. Her debut album "Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit" was released this year and has been getting positive reviews. We tweeted about her new album and she responded to say that she loved Lomography. It was the perfect opportunity for a shoot and an interview.
UK-based photographer Nicolette Clara Iles embraces all the soft nuances and aesthetics of film photography. She has worked with The Guardian, NME and Oh Comley Magazine, among others. Her new series of surreal images, created with the Petzval 85 Lens and LomoChrome Purple and LomoChrome Turquoise film, are mystic tales helmed by otherworldly characters, shedding an almost eerie light into the imagination and creativity of the artist.
Photography doesn't have to be a lonely pursuit. Let us introduce you to pros who have created ripples of interest online and beyond. Plus, meet our New York staff, recall the graffitied history of the city, and convene about the changing look of film.
We've been constantly impressed by Lomo community member Duffman's ability to see a moment. He tested the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens on the streets of New York City and brought back some breathtaking results. Check out his first impressions of the lens here!