We love our point and shoots, DSLRs, Flip Videos and tricked out phones with still and video capabilities, but there’s something to be said for analog photographs shot with actual film. Enter Lomography. Upon discovery of an archaic and cheap Russian camera, two students fell in love with the quirky device’s photographic potential and set up a global distribution deal.
The product line has grown to include fisheye, panoramic, instant, medium format, multilens and pinhole cameras, with prices ranging from $30 for the ActionSampler multilens camera to $600 for a limited edition premium Lomo LC-A. The cameras deliver juicy color and features like long and multiple exposures, lending themselves both to purposeful effects and happy mistakes, igniting a sense of experimentation in the photographer. Fiercely devoted fans of the cameras share their images, adventures and ideas on Twitter, Flickr and Facebook, where the Lomography fan page is over 115K strong.
Lomography cameras are a great way to photograph kids and to help them to develop a greater understanding of photographic history and technology in our increasingly digitized world. The 10 Golden Rules of Lomography offer guidelines that are equally brilliant for taking pictures of kids and emboldening kids to take their own pictures.
- 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
We would love to hear from Ohdeedoh readers who use Lomography or other old school technology, whether you’re documenting family life or fostering your kids’ creativity.