Monday, March 1, 2010

Through the viewfinder

Beautiful hues, interesting patterns and unorthodox pictures is what Lomography is all about. This off-shoot of photography was discovered when two Austrian students went to Russia and found a different type of camera. That's when this kind of experimental photography was started.

Flavius Pisapia, 29, who hails from Italy, is one such Lomography practitioner in the city. Pisapia has been practising Lomography for the past 10 years. "The Lomography cameras are unique and sometimes even made of plastic. They are also very inexpensive and the range starts from $40 onwards," says Pisapia, who learnt Lomography from a friend in London, when he was studying film-making.

In Lomography, one can add different effects such as split images, two-in-one images, coloured flashes, different shapes such as square and rectangle. "One can use the flash with coloured gels to give the images a coloured effect," says Pisapia. One can also use digital cameras for Lomography.

"In this type of photography, film rolls are used and processed in colour labs. One can also use pin-hole cameras for taking pictures," he says.

Using the Lomography technique, photographs can be taken indoors as well as outdoors. Today, Lomography has a huge member-base all across the world. The website is dedicated to experimental and creative visual expression, a playful combination of low-tech and hi-tech. It is also an amalgamation of a cultural institution with a commercial photographic and design company. It focusses on the unique imagery, style and approach of analogue photography and its further development. Lomography products are available on the website.

Pisapia conducts workshops teaching these techniques and the tricks of the Lomographic camera, popularly known as Lomo LC-A. "I have an 11-year-old boy coming to me to learn this art. This shows that learning Lomography doesn't have any age bar," says Pisapia.

This cult photography is now expanding from Europe to the other parts of the world and Pisapia feels that India should also join the movement.

(The story has appeared in today's DNA After Hrs, Pune)

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