Tame Impala is not my favourite rock band in the world but their album Lonerism was one of my favourite albums of 2012. When they came to Ljubljana in August, I just had to see them.
Tame Impala is an Australian band that was formed by Kevin Parker. The band is actually his project, he writes all the music and words, he sings and plays guitar. Their debut was called Innerspeaker and was released in 2010. But it was actually their second album, Lonerism, that gave them much more exposure as well as critical acclaim.
Maybe you’ve already seen the cover of Lonerism?
Kevin Parker made this shot with his Diana F. It’s a photo of Luxembourg Garden in Paris. The viewer is separated from other people in the garden with a fence, this isolation refers to the title of the album.
It’s quite hard to explain what kind of music Tame Impala play. It’s some kind of psychedelic rock with some parts of dream pop and indie pop. It’s like you can hear some of the Beatles’ psychedelic sound in their music. It’s like going back to the 60’s, their sound is really full.
It was really awesome to have them in Ljubljana. It happens quite a lot that Ljubljana (because it’s a really small capital) gets skipped in tours of bands. We get some concerts but could always have some more. Still, Zagreb and Vienna are close, so it’s not that big of a problem. But when the band actually comes, it gets a lot of attention. Tame Impala were sold out and it was a great concert. I still prefer listening to their music at home because I think some of their sound just gets lost in a big music hall. It’s way better in my room. Or maybe I just didn’t drink enough. The concert was full of good music, full of different lights and the background was really colorful. You immediately got that psychedelic feeling. It was laid back and easy going. But the lights were just too intense for my lomo lc-a, I guess.
Looking at these photos it looks like a concert was just a big blur. It was probably for some who smoked too much but it wasn’t for me. I had the best time. But it wouldn’t hurt if Kevin Parker turned off the echo of his mike when talking to audience because I didn’t understand one thing he was saying. I just hope he had as good time as I did.
Our LomoAmigo Takeshi Suga had the exciting opportunity to shoot Daughter, an indie folk band from England, when they came to Japan as part of their tour. Takeshi used the Daguerreotype Achromart 2.9/64 Art Lens, and the photos turned out to be dreamy and magical.
Have you heard of The Knocks? If you haven't (and like to dance) you should definitely listen to these new LomoAmigos, whose first headline tour just sold out! The New York-based electronic duo crossed the country on a tour bus and had a Lomo'Instant Wide in tow. They brought back some amazing photos—see them here and learn more about the guys behind the beats. Plus, get a chance to win a camera signed by The Knocks and a copy of their debut album "55"!
In 2015 we had been fortunate enough to talk with photographers, with practices and insights unique from one another, from all over the globe. And not only were we able to see their works; we were also able to dig a little deeper and find out what makes each one of them tick. In this special recap, we present a handpicked selection of insightful quotes from some of our most memorable interviews this year.
The LomoLab EU has moved and is now open for business! Analogue lovers from Austria, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxenbourg, and the rest of Europe can send their films to:
However, if you're based in Germany - and you don't mind a longer waiting time, you can still send your rolls for processing to:
Lifesmyle Store Berlin - LomoLAB
Chicago based five-piece garage band Twin Peaks recently released their third album “Down in Heaven.” They’ve had two sold out UK tours and are currently touring the US. We gave them a Fisheye No. 2 camera and talked to founder Cadien Lake James a.k.a Big Tuna.
Spanish band Hinds formed in 2011 and in just 2 years have gone from playing for friends in a local restaurant to embarking on a huge world tour. We love their sound & enthusiasm for music so we gave them an LC-A+ & asked them to document their travels. We talked to drummer Amber about these shots.
Everything I had fit into eight boxes and two suitcases. That’s all I had collected in my 22 years on earth, eight boxes and two suitcases. My friends and I moved to Brooklyn in the dead of winter, just after a huge snowstorm. I came from California and had no real experience living in snow. All of it was magical to me.
Named for the Italian city situated in the Lombardy region, overflowing with art and culture, say hello to the colorful aesthetics of the new Lomo'Instant Milano, the latest member of the Lomo'Instant family!
When asked to recall the moment they first became truly interested in photography, most photographers would remember the magical feeling of picking up a hand-me-down or secondhand camera, the thrill of shooting an entire roll through, and the elation upon seeing and holding their first ever set of photographs. Caleb Savage, however, had quite a unique experience. At 10 years old, he had his first taste of working in the darkroom making prints at Boy Scout camp, thereby beginning a more than a decade-long affinity with photography.
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.
In the hands of those capable wielding it, art can be a powerful weapon. With it, for one, creation of fantastical realms far removed from the one we live in is entirely possible. Through collage making, Eugenia Loli builds such worlds that invite the audience not only to marvel at them but also, and most importantly, to see through the hodgepodge of images to find meaning and formulate interpretations.
Here’s what happens before we interview a photographer. We gush about the work though we have yet to find out the cameras and processes behind the brilliant composition or the light architecture. And even when they haven’t used a Lomo camera, we feature them anyway. But every once in a while comes a pro who uses one of our premium lenses at work and our fun cameras off-duty. This makes us mighty glad, more so when their images are good and worth sharing. We count cinematographer Michal Dabal's work among them.
Fueled by wanderlust, a sense of wonder, and curiosity, lomographers have been through all corners of the world to explore and capture on film everything it has to offer. Lomographers have arguably seen it all—and by all we mean not just the beautiful vistas, but also those places that only the brave ones venture into. Here are but a few of them.
We love a striking photo as much as the next person, but a unique point of view makes us head straight to a feature. Who should the world know more about? Who has rocked our perception of beauty, sexuality and creativity? These questions populate our notepads, and our list of photographers is quite long. For International Women's Day 2016, we whittle the directory down to our current favorites, photographers who resist labels (even the ones we give them) and dare the world to see what they see.