January 11, 2011 66 Comments »
Lomography is style of pop photography based around the quirky cameras by the Austrian camera manufacturer known as Lomo. There are several camera types that fall under the lomography genre; among some of the more popular are the Diana and Holga. These cameras, and all of them in the Lomo line are usually poor technical cameras. They are “poorly” built and often have light leaks, poor alignment of their lenses or other defects.
Lomography is branded as being a spontaneous, candid view on photography. Most of the cameras don’t even feature viewfinders. Instead the photographer is supposed to just point and shoot. Using these kind of cameras is seen reaction against traditional formal photography. As an alternative approach to photography, lomography supporters also try to push and pull their film in various ways to achieve some cool creative effects. Film is cross-processed by using slide film and developing it in chemistry that is intended for processing negative film
So what should you check out if you’re thinking of giving lomography a shot? From there you’ll want to pick out a camera. Here’s where the fun begins. Lomography has a gigantic selection of cameras. If you’re looking for just a simple camera that is a departure from standard 35mm film photography, you should check out the Holga or Diana camera. Both of these cameras will most definitely help you get your feet wet in the field of toy cameras, and If you wish, alternative processing. Lomography.com also has a remarkable selection of special cameras, which go beyond the toy camera look and feel of the photography. If you’re interested in panoramic photography, the site features a whole bunch of options. The Horizon series of cameras are a very interesting first step into the complicated world of panoramic photography. The camera is held stable and it features a lens which swings across the film plane, resulting in a very wide format picture plane. If you’re into even more special effects in the cameras, you’ll especially enjoy those with multiple lenses. These cameras, such as the Action Sampler, feature more then one lens. This results in many separate images being projected onto the single film plane. This results in several smaller images on the film.
Lomography is a very easy and exciting way to get into the realm of alternative photography. Once the door is opened, you’ll be surprised at where it can take you. By working with materials and media, you’ll be amazed at what kind of art can be accomplished with these tools!