Lomography, is the study and creation of Lomo images. Lomo images have a cult following and Photoshop even has a tool for creating them.
The name, Lomography, is inspired by the former state-run optics manufacturer, LOMO PLC, of St. Petersburg USSR. LOMO PLC, created and produced, the 35mm, LOMO LC-A Compact Automatic camera. This camera, became the centrepiece of Lomography’s marketing and sales activities.
Since the introduction of the original Lomo LC-A, Lomography has produced and marketed an entire line of their own branded, analogue cameras.
As a movement, The Lomographic Society, is dedicated to the growth, support and promotion of the art of Lomography.
The Society creates events which serve to encourage public enthusiasm and awareness of Lomography. They also provide retail supplies, gallery stores and opportunities for Lomographers to socialise. The society is based in Vienna.
An example of the society’s cultural events to showcase the work of Lomographers’, is the Lomokikuyu Competition. One of the main objectives of the competition, is to raise money, for eye surgeries and vision care, in Kenya, in partnership, with the Viennese, vision aid organisation, ‘Light for the World’. The Society, also organizes, the Lomography World Congress, an international conference of practitioners, held in various cities throughout the world.
The society, maintains a Web-based Lomography magazine, which provides a photographic library for their work. Articles, track trends and ideas, about new fun methods, in photography. An example is “Lomography, the Role Playing Game”, played with dice. Aficionados of the hobby, can blog their own tutorials, share their discoveries and foster enthusiasm, within the Lomographic art fraternity. The site also celebrates the work of Lomographers with online exhibits and competitions.
I created my Lomographic image, by importing this image into Photoshop and activating the Lomo tool.
Lomo images are known for their strong, contrasting colours and vignetteted edges. I hope you like it? If you have any Lomo images, I would be delighted to hear from you.
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