Are you feeling just a bit stressed out from the rigorous demands for mathematical precision and technical perfection required for photographic achievement?
Set yourself free! Soar to exhilarating heights of artistic fulfillment. Create arresting photographic masterworks born from your unique vision, spontaneous impulses and serendipitous adventures. Discover the joys and beauty of Lomography.
What the heck is Lomography? It started with a simple little camera, the Lomo Kompakt Automat and a couple of students who started a new style of experimental photography with it. Since 1990, Lomography has grown to become...
"a globally active organization dedicated to experimental and creative visual expression, a playful combination of lo-tech and hi-tech and the amalgamation of a cultural institution with a commercial photographic and design company focussing entirely on the unique imagery, style and approach of analogue photography and its further development." --Lomography.com web site
Lomography.com has about a million registered users on their site who post their often captivating and stunning artwork. Lomography is not about equipment and accessories. It's not about f-stops, white balance, color corrections or any level of technical perfection.
If the word 'photography' means painting or writing with light, then the idea behind Lomography is to liberate the creative spirit from arbitrary professional and cultural constraints and allow you real and unlimited artistic freedom. It gives you wings.
To better understand Lomography, you might ponder the Ten Golden Rules:
- 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 (william firebrace)
- Be fast
- You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film
- Afterwards either
- Don’t worry about any rules
Visit the site, browse around. Read the Ten Golden Rules. Then grab your camera and get out of the house. Even better, get out of town. Start taking pictures. Remember: Don't think! and shoot from the hip.
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