Friday, May 9, 2008

Lomography

As part of my photography obsession, I've been really interested in this concept of lomography. What is lomography?

Check out This Site and This SIte.

I love traditional photography, don't get me wrong. I also love this idea of something a little more... conceptual, creative, artistic, different, real, raw.

I am trying to win a Diana Camera on ebay.

My favorite quotes about the Diana camera, copy and pasted from various sources:

"As a cult artistic tool of avant-garde and lo-fi photographers, it was a rousing success! They loved its soft & dreamy images, super-saturated colors, unpredictable blurring, and random contrast. Diana shots are raw & gritty, with a character all their own. They simply cannot be duplicated by any other camera on Earth! In short order, the Diana rose to prominence as one of the most treasured and sought-after cult analog cameras from the late 70's onward."

"How could you not absolutely love its lo-fi masterpiece photos? Something this beautiful, this classic, and this crucial to the world of analog photography shouldn't have suffered such an early demise. And since we had the means, the knowledge, and the opportunity to rebuild the Diana from the ground up (with a few extras tossed in) - the Lomography Diana+ was born in 2007. The Diana's original charms (radiant color-dripping lens, soft-focus surprises, all-plastic body, dead-simple shutter) were expertly duplicated to provide the authentic look n' feel of the original. On top of that, brand new Pinhole & Endless Panorama features were added into the mix – thereby paving the way for an entirely new class of Diana images and techniques!"

"With each click of the shutter, a moment is captured in a unique and fairly unpredictable way—and a small narrative begins to reveal itself. As the viewer, you're invited to read into it and interpret it in your own way. On top of that, you can count yourself as an individual note in the Diana's illustrious history - which dates back to the better part of 40 years."


The Diana uses 120 film, which we sell where I work. I can also process the 120 film, turning the film into negatives... I just did this for someone yesterday actually. However, the negatives need to be sent out to be developed into actual prints.

There's even a Diana Flickr Group.

Does this obsession of mine have no limits??

6 comments:

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Very cool. I think you may have gotten me hooked.

angel said...

ooh i love it! awesome concept!!

Liquid said...

(Oo)

Jules said...

Oh Mandy! What a totally brilliant idea!

Okay, here is your assignment from me:

Take a picture of something silly, something sweet (ie. heart warming) and something sad. All "s" words and hopefully open-ended enough for you. :)

And how about a deadline? Three days?

Abbey said...

Hi Mandy...

Would you believe my Son just did a post on Lomography. I gave him your addy to this post...

Sorry i havnt been over for a bit, but will have a good read shortly... Hope your well my Obama-girl...x

Joseph said...

I have a Holga which I am pretty obsessed with at the moment. I know next to nothing about photography and I just love that I can point my Holga at something and it always produces something interesting.
Digital photography is all well and good, though I think nothing really compares to the excitement you get picking up some prints you've been waiting a few days for...