Over the coupld of years Lomography has steadily becoming a huge trend amongst photography lovers in the UK. Photographers of all levels are turning their backs on digital device to find something more fun, unique and different by using various type of analogue cameras – deadstocks from the Russian Soviet, toys, vintage and antiques.
Brighton – shot with Lubitel Universal
Brighton – shot Smena 8m (former Russian spy camera)
Hong Kong – Shot with a Diana camera (a replica toy from the 1960s original camera)
What is Lomography? It happened in the early 1990s when two Austrian students in Vienna discovered the Lomo Kompakt Automat, a small deadstock and enigmatic Russian camera. After their experimental shots they were impressed with the outcome, mind blowing photos with vibrant colours with deep satuation and vignettes that framed the shot like never seen before. This was the start of their movement.
Today there are hundreds of thousands of Lomographers and Lomography Gallery Stores across the world, selling from LC+A, Diana, Lubitels, camera accessories, books to film rolls. I, too myself an avid Lomographer since 2006 having discovered it by accident whilst researching film photography on the internet, I think I own about 7 analogue toys, it’s an addiction.
There are 10 golden rules by following their famed ‘Don’t Think, Just Shoot‘ motto:
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.
7. Be fast.
8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you have captured on film.
9. Afterwards either.
10. Don’t worry about any rules.
There are two gallery stores in London, be sure to check out their social events, product launches, classes and parties.