Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lomography: Capturing memories in your own stylish ways

Photo: A Lomography OKTOMAT Compact 35mm Camera with 8 Series Lenses

Lomography is the art of taking pictures that produces photos with diverse effects. It uses the traditional way of capturing and developing photos using film rolls. If I would think of an analogy, I'd say: "If photography is to news broadcasting, lomography is to blogging." When you read news articles online, you're reading the happenings the way it actually happened. It is narrative and direct to the point, without any blahs and ohs. When you read blogs, there is atleast a pinch of ideas from the blogger, making the articles entertaining to read.

Photo by domyblue using a Holga 120 CNF camera.

I define lomography as "the freedom to capture memories in your own stylish ways". You set the preferences. You don't need to know the technicalities of photography. There is no 'wrong technique' in lomography - no jargons of some sort. You are free to do whatever you like. 

According to their site, there are 10 golden rules in lomography:
  1. Take your camera everywhere you go
  2. Use it any time – day and night
  3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it
  4. Try the shot from the hip
  5. Approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible
  6. Don’t think (william firebrace)
  7. Be fast
  8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film
  9. Afterwards either
  10. Don’t worry about any rules
Photo by casiopeia using a Lomo LC-A+ camera.

In photography, a picture speaks a thousand words. In lomography, a picture speaks a thousand stories.  There are millions of possible outcomes in a photo. The most exciting part is when you develop the print and discover how the shots look like. 

Photo by coca using a Lomography SuperSampler camera.

My favorite one is the double exposure effect (or doubles as what lomographers call it) wherein a developed photo shows two imageries because of double exposures.

Photo by panelomo using a Lomography Horizon Kompakt camera.

There is also the fisheye effect:

Photo by davidjcubberly using a Lomography Fisheye camera.

There are a variety of lomo cameras to choose from (and colors, too!). Check their online shop to browse for the lomo camera that's ideal for you.

The reason why I love lomography is because they gave you a freedom of expression. That defines 'art' itself. Set no limits, because good memories are just a lomo click away. ☺

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