Exploring Photography… Lomography
The art movement of Lomography is described as “the desire for spontaneous and unpredictable distortions” of analog film. Lomography.com describes themselves as an “active organization dedicated to experimental and creative visual expression, a playful combination of lo-tech and hi-tech.” This group is dedicated to their cameras and their film. While the effects of the camera and film can be emulated, lomography isn’t about is digital cameras and photo editing software.
Lomographers have 10 Golden Rules:
- Take your camera everywhere you go.
- Use it any time – day and night.
- Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.
- Try the shot from the hip
- Approach the objects of your desire as close as possible.
- Don’t think! Just Shoot.
- Be fast
- You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
- Afterwards either.
- Don’t worry about any rules.
Lomographers use a variety of cameras including: Diana+, Fisheye, Multi-lens, Pinhole, Zenit, and others. Most Lomographic cameras are designed to produce a single photographic effect, with multiple lenses, fixed lenses, etc. You can find out more about the various cameras here.
Lomo photos show a wide variety of “distortions”: kitchy colors, blurry, dreamy, double exposure, etc. The cameras produce unique images with every click of the shutter.
Fine art photographs should be preserved by mounting on acid-free backing, and framed behind UV glass. Photographs should be kept out of direct sunlight to prevent damage to the image.
Below are some wonderful Lomographic photographs. These are not emulated photographs. As with all of my featured art/artists these are pieces I would purchase for myself or as a gift.
- And Then You Let Go by Thomas Spiessens
- Alboufera Rice Fields by Lucie Richter
- Double Exposed Trees by Chirp of Joy
- Eiffel Tower Atmosphere Study by David Orndorf
- Cherry Blossoms by Lindsey Conroy
- Vegas Sky by Nan Lawson
- Mexico City 1 by Jessica Blaine Smith
- Blue Infrared Park by Paul Lavallee
- Crane Creek, Sonoma County by Keith O’Neill
- Wheel of Dreams by Stéphane Vendran