Elche is a small desert-like city in the Spanish Valencia Community. It’s name in Valencian is Elx and it is best known for its palm trees.
The palm trees are the image mark of this desert-like small town and you can find them everywhere. It was while studying there that I developed the love for photographing these nice trees. I even “had” one, I would always say hello to her on my way to the university!
To use the resources of the palm trees, specially the dates, people in Elx would cultivate them in “hortos”. Some are still possible to visit and since the Palmeral de Elche is World Heritage, information about the best walks to do is easy to get.
There are other two things Elche is known for. One is the Elche Mystery Play (Misteri d’Elx in Valencian), a religious play dating from the Middle Ages that commemorates the Assumption of Mary and was declared one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001. It is held every year in the Basilica Menor de Santa Maria de Elche.
The other is the Lady of Elche (Dama d’Elx), an archaeological piece from the 4th century B.C. that although called lady, some people believe is actually a man… Along with the palm trees, it is one of the city’s symbol.
Because this region is extremely hot during the summer I recommend you to have a dive at one of the Mediterranean beaches near by (don’t forget Elche is on the Costa Blanca!), play around the water fountains in the city center or chill out at the city’s park, Parque Municipal. You will have the feeling of entering an oasis…!
Jonathan Weimar, better known as johnny-weimar in the community, professes his passion for photography with the help of quite a few analog cameras. He has made quite a reputation and is best remembered by the Lomography Turkey crew as the guy who gave 50-something films to develop and scan. Get to know the high school teacher-cum-lomographer in this candid yet inspiring interview.
Burkina Faso is a country that has three different climatic areas. It's mostly a land of the Sahel, very dry but with some vegetation and a short rainy season. The very south of the country is already in the tropical zone but the north still belongs to the Sahara desert. I had the opportunity to visit this area and witness a magical moment: a sunrise in the desert.
We're thrilled to present our new Kickstarter project—the New Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens! Inspired by the bold brass design of the world's first photographic optic, the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is a versatile tool seeking the great return of dreamy imagery.
The name Hodachrome is one of the most popular in the Lomography community. It has become synonymous with the acronym EBS, which stands for exposing both sides of the film. These multiple-exposed photos have an unmistakable style in the vein of ecstatic carnivals and exaggerated dreams. The man behind the vivid shots, Hodaka Yamamoto, talks to us about the habits of a good experimental photographer.
Aside from being an immensely talented lomographer, what makes him a perfect LomoGuru is his burning desire to share his knowledge. The city where he lives is full of people who are interested in analog photography, but the lack of easy access to film and equipment poses a challenge for them to pursue their passion. To keep them motivated, Hugo organizes workshops and tours on different film photography techniques and DIY tricks. Let's give a loud round of applause to Hugo Pereira, better known in the community as zulupt, our LomoGuru from Marinha Grande, Portugal!
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
New York is an infinitely photographable city in spite—or because—of its innate chaos. And even when the medium is film, praised nowadays for the virtue of slowness, the photographer must keep up with the city’s pace. Ricardo Lozano, 35mm photographer and Lomography community member, managed to do it for the series OK Commuter, now a book by A Love Token Press.
What do you do when you don't have much time in a city like New York but you want to see everything, feel the vibe and be part of the community, even for a short time? Jump on a bike and enjoy what trains, buses and cabs can never give you: be part of the city. Take a camera with you to capture the moments and sights you don't want to forget. I did this with my LC-A 120 and LomoChrome Purple film.
East London is the perfect place to spot some interesting and colourful graffiti. Lomography Gallery Store Soho recently ran an LC-A+ workshop where we documented some of the best urban street art in the city!
Inspired by summertime in bloom, the new Lomo’Instant Kyoto Edition is the latest addition to our creative instant photography line-up! With its intricate floral and peach design, this special edition camera is reminiscent of beautiful summer sunsets in Kyoto, a city adored for its picturesque shrines, temples and nature scenery.
Raymond Chin, otherwise known as Raywychin, is an experienced and active Lomographer based in Hong Kong. After showcasing photos taken using the LC-A 120, he continues to impress the community with images created using LomoChrome Turquoise color negative film.