I just went to the Mecca of film camera hunters and enthusiasts in Manila yesterday. All I can say is that I’m still buzzed with the experience.
I’ve heard from many people that Hidalgo is the place to be when you’re looking for great camera and film finds in Manila. Ever since, I really wanted to try the experience for myself and see what they’re talking about. Just yesterday, I scoured the streets with an old buddy of mine and we got a whiff of what Hidalgo had to offer.
We were hunting for good films to use and we found some expired rolls. We kinda liked the fact that we can experiment with different brands of expired film and we were excited to see what effects they can produce. Fuji and Kodak were the headliners and I got myself 5 rolls in all. In one store that we visited, something caught my eye. Neatly compiled on a cabinet was a cool collection of old film cameras. The Rolleiflex TLR was begging for my attention along with different predecessors of Canons, Nikons and Yashicas. It was camera heaven.
I asked the lady at the counter if the cameras were for sale and she shook her head. She said that those are for display only and that they had no intention of selling them. I couldn’t really blame them! Those were good-looking cameras. I guess I have to look further if I want to find myself a cool vintage camera of my own.
Everything in the narrow streets of Hidalgo is worthy of your attention. I can’t explain it fully. You have to experience it for yourself, too. Hopefully, I can have photographs to share with you guys the next time I go back to Hidalgo. All I can say now is that I can still see the images of those cameras fluttering around my head.
Valerio Spada went beyond his comfort zone and stepped right into the battlefield with his camera. He went to Naples, Italy, an area populated by the Camorra Mafia but also home to Annalisa Durante who, at the age of 14, was killed by a bullet aimed at a Camorra boss. What happened to her could've happened to any of the girls portrayed in the book Gommorah Girl. This work is about Annalisa. It's about all of the girls that, just like her, seem doomed to an unfair destiny - which, hopefully, may still change.
The beauty of instant cameras is that they let your spontaneous side truly run wild, and the Lomo'Instant Wide gives you just the opportunity to experiment with all sorts of shooting methods on the fly!
We spend copious amounts of time stalking camera forums and researching specifications that "hunter" seems a more fitting term than "collector." And yet, when the time comes to pack all this game—the new or thrillingly ancient cameras—we DIY padding on the spot. (Guilty of trying to avoid the unappealing gear bag from the department store.) Last year though we stocked up on camera bags that are as cool as they are protective. Here are some of them.
Because here’s the thing about film photography that I doubt a digital camera can give you: Permanence, photographs that truly and literally stay with you, not just in a physical form but also in your head and in your heart.
It's Tipstember! For this month, we will be awarding 25 fat piggies to every tipster article that gets published on the Lomography Magazine. You can share tips on composition, lighting, film experiments and camera modifications; or maybe techniques for shooting portraits, landscapes, still life and even wildlife! If you don't have tricks up your sleeve, however, you can still contribute to the Magazine and let your voice be heard. Here are some suggestions.
Browsing through the Lomography website, you can find a lot of redscale shots, which are all done on color negative films. I asked myself if it’s possible to redscale a slide or chrome film and then cross process it. (And yes, it is.) In this tipster I’m going to teach you how to create the bloodiest homemade redscale film I've ever come across.
Are you still looking to pick up the perfect analogue gifts for your loved ones? Then you’ll be happy to hear we’ve extended our Black Friday sale to last all weekend! That means you can still get a sweet 30% discount on selected Lomography cameras, films, and accessories.
We all know about 35mm and 120 film, right? And since Lomography re-introduced 110 film, we have another film format to play with. But in the years past, many more film formats were in use. Let me introduce you to a few golden oldies and tell you about my experiences with them. Here's how I revived my Instamatic cameras.
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!
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.
I was really excited when I got to test the Lomo'Instant Wide recently. Nine packs of film and and one week later I can say: "This camera works really well and I am looking forward to my own Portobello Road Edition!"