The LomoWall is a very distinct part of our history. When the Lomography movement was just starting out, the LomoWall provided a fun and unique way to showcase the colorful photographs in various exhibits around the world, such as the Lomography Congress and Photokina. Soon after, LomoWalls have graced Lomography Gallery and Embassy Stores, as well as office spaces, parties, and bedrooms from all over the world.
Ok, so how do you make a LomoWall? It's easier and more fun to do with friends. So call them up and collect your most vibrant photos! Decide which shots will make the cut; later, you'll need to make several copies of your prints.
How to make a LomoWall
Doing it your own way is the best way of course, but regardless of theme or style, if you want to make your LomoWall more cohesive, here's how to do it. Pro-tip: It requires some planning and patience, so be prepared to spend some time on it!
Plan your panels
Think about the size of your LomoWall. If you plan to cover a large area, you need to use panels. A 610 x 910 mm panel can fit 81 images (9x9). Calculate how many panels that you will need in total and how many images this translates into.
A note about panels: You can get creative with the panels, too! Try a sturdy material such as wood, plastic, metallic panels, or even old window frames. If you're renting a wall space, be mindful of what you use for mounting, though -- adhesive can peel off paint, and ask permission before you pick up that drill!
Decide on your images
In general, repeating images look good and form a pattern when viewed from a distance; this gives the overall image a greater impact. Decide how many times you need to repeat a single image on the wall. For smaller walls of 12 panels, usually a picture repeated 6x looks pretty good; for bigger walls, a repeating picture 9x to 12x usually works.
Lay it out
Now is the time to have some fun! Sort out the photos and play around with different style options. You can lay out your photos by color, gradient, or details to form a nice pattern. Always take note to look at your layout from a distance so that you have an idea what your LomoWall would look like.
Stick it up
Once you're satisfied with the layout, it's time to post the photos on the panels. Start from the top left corner and add the photos row by row. Double-sided tape/adhesive works best for this.