The now famous tourist attraction in Talisay City is the so-called The Ruins which is actually what is left of the Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson ancestral home.
When the local tour guide, Roger started the talk about the site’s history, we knew we were on to a very interesting discovery. Built in the 1900s by sugar baron Don Mariano for his first wife Maria Braga – a Portuguese whom he met during his vacations in Hong Kong – the 903-sq. m. mansion was the largest residential building in the the area during its heyday.
It was intentionally set on fire by the USAFFE (United States Armed Forces in the Far East) for fear that it might be used by the Japanese Imperial Army as a headquarter during World War II.
The fire took three days to consume all the hard wood of the mansion. What survived the war and the passing of time were the stone skeletal structure and the four-tiered fountain at the front lawn of the mansion.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the place most specially during sunset when the ruins would have its mystical glow (owing to the thousands of eggs used to erect the structure).
Adrian Morris is a young photographer who also goes by the name of Mowgli. His combination of sharp details and insightful portraiture caught our eye so we had a chat with him about what attracted him to the photographic world and his travel goals.
Speak of South Korea and, chances are, the bustling capital city Seoul and the charming island of Jeju would be the first destinations to come to mind—and for very good reasons. But while these top tourist draws are definitely worth the visit, the rest of the country is dotted with many more gems often unheard of to outsiders. Here are a few of them.
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.
Inspired by the seventies, this young artist makes it seem that such an epoch lives forever in her photographs, perfectly maintaining the spirit of the time which was characterized by a multitude of colours, contrasts and famous disco moves.
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The touristic appeal of Japan lies not only in its castles and flower storms, but also in the mix of unique practices and Occidental influences. The duality is evident in Tokyo and even in Osaka, which has gained more visitors over the years. A port city, Osaka has retained its 'merchant' status with a battery of retail shops amid an area of cultural interest.
Virginia City is a state-maintained historic site in the western part of the United States. In the 1860s, mining drew in investors and businessmen to the area. They built saloons, inns and a variety of stores in Gothic and Greek Revival styles. Many of these buildings have been preserved in vivid detail. Western fonts welcome tourists, and some modern-day merchants even operate within these photogenic, pilaster-lined shops.
Of love and lace, trending right now in photography is boudoir, in which the photographer takes 'intimate and romantic' images of the model. Initially based on erotic photography, the purpose of boudoir has changed over time, taking on a new meaning for the modern woman.
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.
It is the marvel of Java, the cultural center of Indonesia: Yogyakarta, or, as we assimilated locals call it, Jogja! Jogja is full of historic sites and exudes a very adventurous yet welcoming spirit. It is a true multireligious melting pot that has seen kings and sultans come and go, and religions introduced and either went or stayed. Time has been gentle on Jogja. It's one of my most favorite cities in Asia.
If you are looking for some lomographic entertainment this month in your home city or if you are traveling the world and want some insider tips from our lomography teams, here’s a selection of what is going on in Lomography Gallery and Embassy Stores around the world.
In prime areas of New York and San Francisco, the phrase ‘rush hour’ is always on the menu. Drive up to Reno, and the same expression fizzles. Many roads are framed by mountains and shrubbery, a picture of calm in the city. But the night makes up for the day’s stilly mood. Casinos flaunt LED signs and marquees, a treat for urban photographers.