History and development
Lomography sounds like a complicated inspection performed using a highly technical medical device. If that were the case, we wouldn't be writing about it. We are interested in Lomography because it is a special form of photography. More specifically, it is a particular technique of analogue photography which has been continually hyped throughout the world since 1992.
Some pictures taken using Lomography are distinguished by their saturated colours and retro style. What is more, true Lomography is not about pre-structured pictures. Lomographers pledge to only take snapshots. But the way that Lomo pictures can be spotted is that each picture is different.
Lomo cameras are defined by their lack of technical sophistication. Little imperfections find their way onto the film: dust particles, beams of light and spots which make each picture into a small, randomly-created artwork.
Blurriness, vignetting and distorted colours increase the effect. True Lomographers even leave the content of the photo to chance and rarely use the viewfinder. "Shooting from the hip" lends the pictures an aura of spontaneity. Some even seem as though they were taken by accident.
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Lomography: an attitude to life
This unpredictable nature and the poor workmanship that went into the camera were not appreciated earlier, at the time when the Lomo camera was produced in the Soviet Union as a replica of a Japanese model. The same elements that gave it its bad reputation at that time ultimately turned it into a legend. It was not until decades after its creation that students at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna dug out the little camera.
They founded Lomography using their artwork and started the Lomographic Society shortly thereafter. Lomography has been on a steady trajectory ever since. In the meantime, a wide range of cameras with attachable lenses and special functions have become available from special Lomo stores worldwide. More than 60 Lomographic societies, embassies and stores now exist around the world.
What Lomography really is has more to do with an attitude to life
appreciating imperfection and unpredictability. Lomography is
an analogue form of photography, and will stay that way - it's a good
thing that ifolor still develops analogue pictures.
Thanks to the app
If you like the look but not the effort, you can always use an app
instead. Lots of applications for your mobile phone and computer can
give ordinary digital pictures the Lomo look.
©James Whitesmith / ccbynd
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