Each year I have a theme. 2010 was trying new things: Extreme Sports. 2011 was doing things I’ve always wanted to but never got around to: Italian, Surfing and Guitar. 2012 is going to be Lomography. It’s like photography but better. The 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 (William Firebrace)
- Be fast
- You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film
- Afterwards either
- Don’t worry about any rules
In the early 1990’s we, at that time students in Vienna, Austria, discovered a small enigmatic Russian camera; the Lomo Kompakt Automat. Together we started a new style of artistic experimental photography with our first unorthodox snapshot cavorts. Our approach: taking as many photographs (Lomographs) as possible in the most impossible of situations and from the most unusual of positions possible, and then having them developed as cheaply as possible. The result was a flood of authentic, colourful, crazy, off-the-wall and unfamiliar snapshots, shot by many people and mounted on panels to form a sea of thousands of Lomographs; the LomoWalls.
No digital cameras though and old school 35mm film is used.