A quarter of a century has passed since the Lomographic Society International was founded, and we have learned tons of different things since then. Here is our personal selection:
1. Remember the old, and welcome the new
Past vs. future. A lot of us face this question on which we value more. But frankly, it doesn't have to be black and white. You can always embrace both. Lomography tried to do so too, when they gave the 60's darling Diana F+ an upgrade, continuing its iconic queen status among plastic cameras."
2. Take risks to grow
Success is not a formula, it's a trial and error process. Photography is all about experimenting, doing the dubious, capturing the unseen, taking risks with the unfamiliar. And how else to celebrate experimental and progressive photography with the Lomography X-Pro and the Lomography Redscale?
3. Think Big
Ideas should always go beyond the box. In photography, we are presented with a four--cornered frame. When Lomography released the LC-Wide (a recreation of the classic LC-A, now befitting for the 120) and the LomoKino (which allowed us to create short films with 35mm), reality expanded. We may not always have the opportunity to get out of the box, but we surely can expand the borders to our own liking.
4. There's No Medium Too Big or Small
Even in the photography world, there are purists -- those who bring down others because of their chosen medium. But photography was never about the medium; it was about the photographer. Medium aids our ideas to execute and materialize, and it's only when we see it in such a way that we can appreciate all of it -- just think of the pocket-sized possibilities with 110 exposures with the Fisheye Baby and the Diana Baby, or the wide horizons of Belair X 6-12!
5. Sometimes, Less is More
A waterfall casting a rainbow into the air as it cascades down a mountain, delicate grains of sand tinted orange as the sun dips below the horizon -- sometimes, a photographer's work is done for them. We're surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, and there are times where there's nothing that a filter, flash or multiple exposure could add to the incredible frame that nature has laid out before us. Sit back, breathe in the moment and capture it through your lens.
And what did you learn in these past years? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!
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