This is some information about a real gem of a photolab I found a while back and have been using regularly since.
I initially came across West End Cameras on the internet after going to 4 photolabs in my home town for them to look at me like I was bonkers when I asked for my pictures to be developed, scanned to CD and printed – WITHEXPOSEDSPROCKETHOLES. I searched online and came across www.westendcameras.co.uk almost straight away. Wherever you live in the UK, you can ship your rolls of film to them, they get on with whatever you have asked them to do (on a mail order form that they email to you), call you when they have finished in order to take payment and post the films back to you right away.
They are definitely not the cheapest photolab I have ever used but the pricing system is very clear on their site (they even quote different amounts for Spinner 360 film, x-pro, sprockets etc). The staff (especially Edgar who seems to be in charge) are really knowledgeable and friendly and they get on with things really quickly. They also stock Lomography products so know a lot about them too. They do student discount and often run promotions to make things a bit cheaper which is brill. I also think that posting your pictures off and not knowing exactly when you will see the results just adds to the excitement!!!
All in all I would give this photolab a 9 out of 10, with the only real downside being cost – although it is true what they say, you get what you pay for.
I like to think, that every location I have been writing about in the past years was a discovery of some sort. This story will be about the discovery somebody else made. Wendy Sloboda is maybe the coolest dino hunter of our time. She has tattoos, dreads and she found a new species of dinosaur, that now carries her name: the Wendiceratops Pinhornensis.
By far the oddest-looking camera I own, the Electric Eye is an auto-exposure viewfinder camera made by Bell & Howell in the late 1950s. I picked one up online and ended up with another one, that came with a very cool, retro looking carrying case, from my grandfather. It took a little while to try these two out but after running some film I found that this camera is a lot of fun to shoot with.
The Leicester Lo-Fi Photography are a UK based collective who run regular film photography workshops, have an exhibition space and their very own darkroom space. In the first of this series they give us a step-by-step guide to making cyanotype print.
UK Online Manager Hannah Brown loaded a roll of LomoChrome Purple film in the LC-Wide camera and created some colorful, panoramic shots. She talks about her love for this wide angle lens camera and the joy of the unknown.
Our LomoAmigo Müjgan Afra Özceylan says photography is a part of her life since her childhood. In this interview she talks about how she started and shares some photos taken with the Diana F+ and Canon A1.
Bea Dewhurst is our newest member of the Lomography UK team and we have been testing out her photography skills with a variety of cameras and lenses. We lent her the Lomo'instant Automat and a selection of film which accompanied her on a few nights out in London.
Last year Lomography UK sent out some Lomo’instant Wide cameras to be tested out by our most prolific community members and instant photography fanatics. We take a look back at the highlights and remind ourselves of how versatile this instant beauty is!
Anna Bogutskaya is festival producer for Underwire, the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent. The festival, now in its 7th year aims to change the face of the film industry and champion new, female talent. We talked to Anna about this event and lent her an LC-A+.
Most of us organize our photo albums according to events or places. Some prefer to classify their photographs according to film or technique, while others compile their best shots. Have a look at this month's most noteworthy albums and learn how to tell your stories through visual organization.
Today, we gain altitude with Ben Nardini, director of photography and pilot of drone for Almo film production. Passionate about image, whether static or moving, Ben meets the LC-Wide in the LGS in New York. He is taking this little analogue camera everywhere ever since, even when the good fellow leaves for Alaska. Let's go for a special meeting "from the top"!
Most of us organize our photo albums according to events or places. Some prefer to classify their photographs according to film or technique, while others compile their best shots. Have a look at this month’s most noteworthy albums and learn how to tell your stories through visual organization.