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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Is Lomography For You?

Photo of La Sardinia

Don't know what Lomography is? You aren't alone, but once you discover it you may never go back! It seems some Austrian students were vacationing in Prague and discovered a inexpensive Russian built camera called the Lomo LC-A. They picked some up to use on vacation. When they got the film developed they found it had some fun and quirky results like light leaks, saturated colors, and vignette shadowing. A few years later a group of Lomo Lovers was founded known as the Lomography Society International. The society developed the ten golden rules of Lomography.

1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
2. Use it anytime--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 the film.
9. Afterwards either.
10. Don't worry about any rules.

Now, 20 years later the cameras have a cult following worldwide that encourages experimentation and exploring the world around you. There are several versions of these 35mm cameras (La Sardina and Fisheye 2, the Diana 120 medium format camera and lots of fun film accessories that are available at The Aviary.

Read more about the development of Lomography into a passion and see lomography around the world at Lots of great photos to give you ideas what you can do with your favorite camera plus a variety of cameras and equipment you just can't do without. My favorite?

The above Diane F+ is a limited edition for Valentine's Day. Get it now before they're all gone!


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