Did the Lomo camera save film photography? (Hmmm, interesting theory. . . . )
Just having a quick look at the BBC site, and saw this:
Their closing comment:
"There is also one kind of excitement that most digital photographers have forgotten, or will never experience - the wait for the film to come back from the lab."
Pity it didn't include "or doing it yourself and experiencing the magic of seeing your picture as it slowly appears under the subtle hue of a red safelight."
Last edited by ozphoto; 11-21-2012 at 11:21 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Exactly! And also the excitement of un-reeling freshly processed negatives.
Originally Posted by ozphoto
And don't forget the satisfaction of watching your result improve because you learn to make each shot count!
"Crap, why didn't I take more pictures"
I don't know… maybe it did; maybe it didn't. I know for a fact that LOMO had nothing to do with me coming (back) to film from digital, and many people I know, as I shoot primarily MF and LF, the reason simply being that those larger formats grant me images simply impossible (or extremely expensive) on digital. Although I'll admit my sample of "people I know" is extremely biased, since I hang out (both IRL and online) with like-minded photogs.
Lots more youngsters at lomo forums than here. APUG should have a lomo forum, so they can move to something else if they want to do something different than lomo.
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We must not forget that Lomography and Impossible employ a very active media approach.
We have a toy camera forum. Which is where I also posted this story thinking that is where it would be.
Originally Posted by snaggs
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.
I'd say it certainly hasn't hurt films survival. As a seventeen year old I just got into film photography this past July; and it was Impossible Project that got me interested. Someone asked me to borrow my old Polaroid 600 camera that I used when I was younger for their wedding. I told them Polariod no longer made film but that I'd heard that another company had started making it. To check out this new film I looked IP up and bought a pack of B&W. The price hurt, plus the photos weren't the greatest ever, but overal it piqued my interest in analogue photography.
I've tried to take up digital photography a few times since photography is really the only outlet I have in the visual arts since pen, pencil, and brush seem to hate me. But I was never able to get myself engaged with it. I'd always shoot for a bit, edit some, but then get bored and quit. Luckily for me however I'm impatient and hate waiting for shipping, and to cheap to order anything express, and I looked up were I could get IP film locally in Portland. That led me to Blue Moon Camera & Machine, where I quickly discovered that you could take amazing photos with film that didn't look so sloppy. (Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the Lomo look, I own a Holga, I just don't get using it for everything.) This led me to that week purchase a Nikon F2 Photomic and a 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor(I'm aware that it's an odd choice for your only lense) and run a roll of Velvia 50 thru it. I got those slides back and was in love, I didn't have to screw with anything in Photoshop, they looked great as is. I was ecstatic, I HATE digital photo editing, is there anything more dull out there?
Longer story slightly shorter I'm now shooting almost nothing but B&W(I'm discovering I dislike color), developing it myself, and starting to teach myself to wet-print. I'm going down to take my second stab at printing and my first at toning this Monday and I'm looking forward to it. I know I suck at printing now, but I already was able to make one or two prints that wouldn't make me wretch to show to someone, which is encouraging. I'm just getting started, and I don't intend to ever stop using nothing but film, I'll make my own glass plates if it comes to it. And I owe it all to the movement that Lomo has spawned. I may not do much in the way of "lomography", but it's what got me here today.
Im not sure the badge of "toy camera" is how 19 year old super cool lomographers would identify themselves B)
Well done. I remember in Year 11 at school doing photography in the darkroom. Ive done film, but have not yet done a hand print since all those years. Thats what I want to get to, something authentic, hand made, which means flaws! This is what is good about lomography, its not about how good your gear is, its about experminenting. It will be interesting to see what the lomo generation do once they get older, cashed up and start setting up dark rooms.
Originally Posted by alarickc