Here are ten golden rules of Lomography from The Lomography site:
- 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
- Be fast
- You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film
- Afterwards either
- Don’t worry about any rules
Lomography started when some students in Vienna started to import Soviet era cameras and sell them round the world. Since then a wide range of obscure and plastic cameras have joined the canon.
While there are some gems on sale, it should be noted that:
- Some of the cameras are crap
- All of the cameras are over priced
- The rules of Lomography seem to be designed to encourage you to use as much film as possible (which the website also sells)
- The accessories are generally cheap tat (bags, colour filters, lens mounts, etc.) are expensively priced
If you want to be a lomographer, then shop around on the web for the best prices. Also remember that you’re dealing with cameras that many will consider toys, a world away from high spec 35mm or modern digital SLRs.
Pictures you thought you took will be missing upon development. Many others will be out of focus, under exposed and unusable, so be prepared to use a lot of film to get the best results. A lot of film.