Making a Moment: Brutalist Beauty with Cristina Badulescu

In our article series, Making a Moment, we’re asking photographers to share one of their favorite photos that they’ve taken. We want to know the story behind the final image and everything that went into making it.

We’re kicking off the new year with Cristina Badulescu and a striking architectural scene shot with LomoChrome Metropolis, which proves perfect for capturing the cold and minimal geometry of brutalism.

Cristina first got into film photography in high school when she inherited her Dad’s Zenit 112 camera, and fell in love with its ability to perfectly capture the atmosphere of a live concert she attended. Since then, she tells us she has taken pictures at many different concerts and started carrying a camera with her almost everywhere.

For Cristina, like many other Lomographers, photography is a creative escape, a break from the technical and methodical world of her work. Let's hear from Cristina in her own words!

Credits: cristina_badulescu

Cristina: This is one of my favorite photos from last year. The way the film captured the scene went beyond what I hoped for and made it truly unique.

When I look at this picture, it sort of transports me to a dystopian world. There are a few other photos in this series that give off the same vibe, but this one is the one I love the most. It goes to show how photography, much like other art forms, can sometimes reveal unexpected and fascinating narratives.

I took this picture during my visit to the Barbican Estate in London. Right before, I had completed an architectural walking tour, which I found incredibly interesting. I'd highly suggest it to anyone with even a remote interest in architecture.

What really gets me excited about Barbican is how you can look at it from different angles, and it's like a whole new world each time. You never get bored because there's always something new to discover. The concrete, the sharp lines, the funky shapes – it's like someone took a giant art project and turned it into a living space. I might not know all the technical terms, but the Barbican has this cool factor that's hard to put into words. Even though I'm not an architecture nerd, the Barbican has this magnetic charm that just keeps pulling me in.

After the tour, I decided to retrace my steps and capture some photos of the places that I liked the most in the Barbican tour. The weather was absolutely ideal, with the light casting intriguing shadows that I believed paired perfectly with the Lomochrome Metropolis film.

The photo was taken with a Canon A1 camera with the Canon FD 50mm 1.4 lens. The film choice was deliberate. I had a clear day ahead, and I knew that the mid-day sunlight would play beautifully with the unique qualities of LomoChrome Metropolis.

I love how LomoChrome Metropolis handles buildings. The way it subtly desaturates the colors gives this almost nostalgic, timeless feel to the urban landscapes. It's like the film has this unique way of highlighting the structure and character of the architecture, making every building tell a story.

Whenever I'm out and about in a new city or just want to capture the essence of urban life, LomoChrome Metropolis is my trusted sidekick. It adds that touch of magic to the cityscape, making every shot a little piece of art.

To see more of Cristina's photography be sure to follow her at her LomoHome.

In this series of articles we're asking you to share the story behind your favorite photo. Interested in being featured? Email with the subject line - Making a Moment.

written by alexgray on 2024-01-31 #making-a-moment #community #architecture #london #lomochrome-metropolis #making-a-moment

LomoChrome Metropolis 35 mm ISO 100–400

This film comes with a unique chemical formula specifically developed in our Lomography film manufactory, which desaturates colors, mutes tones and makes contrasts pop.

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