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Mar 12th 2004#145212 Report
Member since: Mar 29th 2003
Posts: 1326
Ever heard of it? I just found out about it today...

http://www.lomography.com
http://www.lomography.com/bmwx3/
http://williamburdette.net/lomography/

I cant even really figure out what it is - I guess a type of photography (lifestyle?) that was inspired by the LOMO camera brand? I really want to try it ... sounds like a lot of fun with great results. Those 10 rules ... pure genius ... its like a poem ...

What do you think?
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Mar 14th 2004#145357 Report
Member since: Aug 12th 2002
Posts: 1693
Yeah I have been hearing about lomography for about 2 years now...
Never really understood about it either.
Just that it's an old school camera and the Japanese use it a lot!
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Mar 14th 2004#145371 Report
Member since: Sep 29th 2003
Posts: 1496
Those craaaaazy Japanese. *runs away from mo0*

Very interesting, I am gonna google for more about this.
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Mar 15th 2004#145408 Report
Member since: Mar 29th 2003
Posts: 1326
Yeah, it almost seems like they keep it kinda secret and mysterious, even on lomography.com. Like they never tell you straight out what it is, just let you make your own interpretations. Maybe thats the kind of people that do it and they want to start doing it. Very interesting in that respect I think.
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Jun 23rd 2005#168932 Report
Member since: Jul 14th 2001
Posts: 2019
i think they dont tell you straight out b/c you're not supposd to follow any rules...
but anyways, i was wondering if those cameras were rigged in some way to be ideal, or are they just generally cheap cameras. i mean, could i go dig up my mickey mouse camera from '90 and get similar results?

also, am i still able to take like any ISO film to a drug store and get it developed?
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Jun 23rd 2005#168954 Report
Member since: Dec 31st 1969
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A little digging and voila >>>

http://www.lomography.com/content/about/story/base.html

Following the 10 golden rules of Lomography, lomographers shoot as many impossible pictures as possible in the most impossible of situations from the most impossible of positions. These lomographs are put together to make up vast walls of pictures with tens of thousands of images shot by what are often hundreds of individual lomographers, and then exhibited all over the world.
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Jun 25th 2005#168987 Report
Member since: Jul 12th 2004
Posts: 88
i have a "supersampler": http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00007I2KN.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg it has two settings, .2 seconds or 2 seconds and the curtain simply moves across four plastic lenses within that time frame. the black plastic rectangle is the "viewfinder" (represents one section on the four-sectioned photo) and to wind the film you have to pull that string with the black ring attached to it.

the camera is plastic, used to be sold only in toy stores, no batteries, no flash, takes 35mm film/can be processed anywhere, need ISO 400 if not 800 and to stay outdoors in the sun.. my first roll of 36 had about 5 ok ones and 1 or 2 great ones (it could just be me =P but i work at a photofinishing place, so we see the stuff kicking around), lots of guesswork, but i think you can get used to it - need to do some testing to figure out how to orient the camera, i.e. to make sure the first frame is where you want it (top or left) and that you're actually getting the subject in the frame.

the holga is another popular one, it's also plastic, and it's a medium format camera. square photos look nice, and the burning around the edges is a random result of the cheapness of the camera - turns out that looks good though =)

the world is FULL of bad lomography, but only the good ones get posted. it's tons of fun though. if you buy the kit, it comes with a nice photo book with some really funny instructional / (inspirational?) writing, here are some gems (word for word):

The SuperSampling Lomographer has a third and a fourth eye that defrost the situation, making everything trickle together into a mini-continuum...before it all gets packed back together into a single oblong artwork. Zzzzt Zzzzt Zzzzt Zzzzzt - just like that!

SuperSampling can save your life - everyday, while doing sport, while having sex and when you're off travelling. You haven't got a clue where you really are, what you're doing or what you should be doing, or where the whole thing is actually leading? Reach for your SuperSampler and sho-o-o-ot the soul out of your mortal remains
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Jul 8th 2005#169175 Report
Member since: Oct 10th 2002
Posts: 218
kinda like the holga. Hi everyone.
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Jul 27th 2005#169386 Report
Member since: Jan 10th 2003
Posts: 147
HA HA holgas. Yeah i never got what exactly what it was either
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Apr 8th 2007#176736 Report
Member since: Apr 7th 2007
Posts: 5
pretty cool stuff actually.. I want one now :P
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