Foma has been one of the institutions in film production in Europe. Their classic monochrome films are reliable, consistent and we should shoot more of them!
Foma is one of the long standing film producers. They have been around since 1921 and also produce other photographic materials, such as developers. I had long wanted to try some of their films out and had even gotten hold of some old, expired films but strangely not of their still produced outstanding monochrome emulsion I had heard so much about.
I was thrilled when my friend mattydk sent me a roll of Fomapan 400/120 for our 120 roll exchange doubles!
I reverently inserted the roll into my Holga, for we had agreed to both use that camera for this roll. I was very lucky, as we hadn’t re spooled the rolls and the paper didn’t jam while I was essentially shooting the roll backwards. The Holga doesn’t allow for minute exposure calculation so I crossed my fingers that it would work out, but Foma film is supposed to be forgiving.
The next step where I relied on the ruggedness of the Foma emulsion was development. I used standard Rodinal procedure. When I saw the negatives, I was thrilled they looked so nice, but when I scanned the film I saw that we both overexposed the roll so that the doubles did not succeed. This shows that this film is really fast and worked well with Rodinal despite it lowering effective speed. I really liked the tonality of the images though, they were really dreamy. For this tonality and the overall excellent quality I do recommend this fast medium format monochrome emulsion!
UK four piece band The Big Moon are bursting with an infectious enthusiasm. They released their debut album 'Love In The 4th Dimension' this year and are currently touring around Europe. We sent them an LC-A+ to document their trip to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin.
Can Tanrıseven, whose project called “dadaizmir”, which consists of instax/polaroid photos, has been shooting with the Lomo’Instant recently. We asked Can to share his results and his photos where he used the Splitzer and multi-exposure techniques. Here are Can’s expressions!
More and more filmmakers are going back to shooting with an analogue camera. One of them is Christopher Patrick Goode who recently submitted a silent film shot entirely with our very own LomoKino to a competition. Watch his engaging short movie that explores the psychological effects of war.
Cat's Eyes are an alternative pop duo formed of vocalist Faris Badwan, known for his work with English indie rock band the Horrors, and Italian-Canadian soprano, composer and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira. We gave them a La Sardina to shoot with whilst on their writing trip in Iceland.
When one only knows and experiences one part of the world, he creates an echo chamber for himself. We've heard about the urban lifestyle and modern living in America and Europe, but how about in other places? Cape Town-based photographer Duran Levinson seeks them out in Asia and Africa.
Self-portraiture has been around since classical painting. There's motivation and story behind each. For International Women's Day 2017, we look into the self-portraits taken by renowned women photographers and find out the narrative behind them.
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In this digital age, more and more photographers and filmmakers are getting charmed by technologies of the past. Those who prefer working with a tangible medium move from manipulating pixels to tinkering with vintage film cameras. Film director and scriptwriter Jan Okulicz-Kozaryn is one of them.
Russia-based lomographer zhenyaetoya swears by the compact and reliable LC-A family. From the original Soviet LC-A to the LC-Wide, he owns and shoots with all of them. In this interview, he shares the advantage of using each camera and a clever trick to achieve stark silhouettes with the LC-Wide.
Joining our esteemed roster of judges for the TEN AND ONE AWARDS is Diego Di Michele. His passion for photography has led him C41 Photo, an online shop for Lomography products and other analogue products.
Before, movies were only available in monochrome. Now, cinema seems to be having the best time with limitless colors, with zero plans to implement black and white aesthetic into their films, unless made by an auteur.
Tyler Mitchell is a young artist that, through his versatile work and photographs, has become one of the representatives of a novel, fresh wave in photography. He still enjoys directing films and truly believes in their magic.
People love competitions and Lomographers are no different. But more than a search for standout photographs, the TEN AND ONE Annual Competition celebrated the community's shared love for photography and its power to create enduring stories. This list by no means set a conclusive standard on what makes an image good or not. But nonetheless, we're proud to introduce the photographs that took the top spot in the Monochrome category.