Lomography is a term used to describe a style of experimental photography comprised of unorthodox snapshots.
Throughout Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, and other such sites you have noticed the trending gravitational pull of quickly shot, hipster style photos embedded everywhere. They remind us of the photos we thumb through in the home of our grandparents and when we see one we’re prone to give that image borrowed credibility and instant authority because of it’s organic and distinctive unprofessional appeal.
Until the late 90’s you couldn’t replicate lomographic shots unless you had one of those clunky over sized cameras of the 50’s and 60’s. The opposite is true today and the new norm for your cell phone, online photo editing tool, and software that comes with your camera is designed to give you instant nostalgic power.
The idea that you can make yourself transcend time and have instant permanence is the draw of lomography. Students want to be remembered and feel significant. At your next event try capturing the moment in this style. I recommend FXcamera for android and Fx Photo Studio for the iphone. If you don’t have a smart phone you can upload your photos to picnik.com and use their filter tools for free. There other apps and tools out there but I’ve found the ones listed to be of ease to use.
10 Golden Rules of Lomography
- Take your camera everywhere you go
- Use it any time – day and night
- Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it
- Try the shot from the hip
- Approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible
- Don’t think
- Be fast
- You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film
- Afterwards either
- Don’t worry about any rules
rules (via Lomography.com)