Mumbai Goes Lomo: Demystifying Lomography, A Unique Style of Photography

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Shot through a Lomography fisheye camera
Shot on Lomography fisheye
Shot on Lomography fisheye

To all the photographers, here’s a unique genre of photography. Lomography doesn’t need digital cameras and is different from our DSLR’s and modern digital cameras. Cameras in lomography reflect the world in a not-so-perfect state and yet perfect. It is a twist to photography and produces photographs with leaking vibrant colours, deep saturation and vignettes dotted shots. Here is more about this surreal form of art and where to source gear in Mumbai.

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Lomography, Now In Mumbai
Pictures captured through Lomo cameras are unique. They look over-saturated yet pleasant and create vignettes. Lomography has emerged over time. This genre was rare and has recently picked up popularity in India after an online community on Facebook was set up. They even launched a website called Lomography.in and also allow lomographers to buy their products online. With a store placed in Sanctum, Khar West and close to 3000 members on its Facebook page, Lomography is a well-connected community in India, especially Mumbai.

Shot through a Lomography fisheye camera
Shot through a Lomography fisheye camera

History
It was in the early 90s, when two Austrian students came across a Russian camera called the Lomo Kompakt Automat. When they began clicking, the results startled them — blur, deep saturation dotted the images. The students soon travelled to Russia to sign a distribution contract with the manufacturer. In 1992, they started a Lomographic International Society followed by a Lomography exhibition in 1994 held in Moscow and New York which was the first international exhibition. Since then, the genre has been gaining popularity in various countries.

Lomography multiple exposures
Lomography multiple exposures

Lomography Cameras
Many effects considered a flaw in photography is usually found in Lomography with an added positive effect. For example, most lomographic cameras are designed to produce photographic effects such as over saturated colours, optical distortions, rainbow-coloured subjects and more. The cameras leak light, saturate images, create vignettes and more. The cameras bring up these intentional flaws in the images which is the specialty of these cameras.

The physical appearance of these cameras is also very different from other cameras. They usually come in loud, colourful exteriors that are inspired by vintage patterns. Lomography cameras are cheaper than regular cameras and are deliberately made with flaws to achieve a particular effect. The best part of this camera is its unpredictability as one rarely knows what picture will be produced.

There are different kinds of lomography cameras. These are some of the commonly used cameras:

Coloursplash camera

Coloursplash: this has colourful flashes that give the picture a tinge of colour.
Supersampler: This is a multi-lens camera that can take four photos within two seconds and divides the subject of the photograph into panoramic panels.
Fisheye: this camera takes a 170 degree view of the subject and creates a spherical image.

So many different cameras and styles to pick from! Which one will you try? Lomo fan? Share your photos with us at [email protected] and get published here!

To know more about this style of photography, visit lomography.in or check out their Facebook pageIf you want to check out some Lomography pictures, you can log on to lomographicsociety.tumblr.com and to buy lomo cameras check out this siteYou can also find them at Sanctum, Vasant House, 19th Road, Khar (W) or call 022 26495775/6 for info.

All images from Lomography.in

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Always curious, writing was something she discovered accidentally which she now enjoys. Loves reading fiction, dislikes staying idle and enjoys spontaneous trips or treks over weekends.