Lomography … it’s not just a company but a style

“Thirty-Five Years Ago Today” … from Images By Lawrence Capozzolo

We’ve all heard about Lomography (the company) … but many don’t get familiar with lomography, the style.

Lomography is analog photography that doesn’t card about the technical … whether or not the shot is set perfect, framed right, or that the exposure is even remotely close. The quality and perfection of the film is often an after thought.

So you get a shot like above. One that I took while testing  Mamiya ZE-X for operation with (I now discovered), quite possibly, the worst film ever made: Up-Tech 100 Speed. It’s sold at Five Below for $5.55 for use in it’s $5.55 plastic camera. Due to shooting a camera needing servicing on film that is sub-par and being scanned with something people, tongue in cheek, call a negative scanner (an Ion Film 2 SD unit – which my wife bought me for a birthday may 10 years ago) you get the result above.

EXACTLY what I paid $19.95 a roll for to shoot on an experimental film I purchased from Premier Imaging in Pittsburgh (btw … a place that still does film and I highly recommend).

It’s also what many hope to get when shooting on expired film.

Lomography, in layman’s terms is unintended photographic art.

It’s something you might thing you would find as a result of 35 years of life in an attic.

It’s a style, that sounds expensive, but unlike others, is not. It can be obtained simply … a purchase of a plastic Bell And Howell 35mm camera and aged unexposed film at a flea market, a Diana camera from Lomography itself, or even current or aged Instax or Polaroid films. It can be shooting an old pinhole style antique camera. Or, that old camera of your Dad’s sitting on your dresser for that last 15 years.

It’s something that is not forcibly chemically altered … it’s, for lack of better words, a naturally occurring man-made result by someone just having fun and not giving a hoot about what is to come out of the developing machine once printed (or digitized). It’s a test roll that ended up being hung artwork. It’s something that you didn’t expect, but something you never want to give up.

So, how do you get it? … well, basically by not trying. Just have fun with it.

-Photo Guy

Links:

Lomography, the company – a great place for starters that want to get into unique, but not typical photography.
Lomography – a definition of the style and where it came from, a great reference article from Adorama.
10 Golden Rules of Lomography – a great article from Kate Backdrops.

-Photo Guy