By Rafidah Sapa’at, Year 2, Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy
|Photo Credit: Broken Haiku|
Ever wondered where the ‘lomo effect’ found on popular iPhone photography apps such as Instagram and Hipstamatic came from? Well wonder no more, for the picture editing effects are inspired by actual photos taken from analogue toy cameras produced and churned out by the Lomographic Society.
What is Lomography?
It started in the early 1990s when 2 students in Vienna, Austria found an old Russian camera called the Lomo Kompakt Automat. They tried out the camera and found the results of their images produced a lot of vibrant and saturated images – something they had never seen before. When they returned home, their friends were impressed with the pictures and wanted their own lomo camera as well. This started a new style of photography that we now know as Lomography!
Before the widespread use and popularity of digital cameras, photographs were taken using analogue cameras (remember those days?) loaded with a roll of film that were then taken to the photo labs to be developed. This traditional method of taking photographs is used on the lomo toy cameras as well, producing vintage, lo-fi and dreamy pictures with a touch of light-leaks here and there.
This unpredictable aspect of photo taking is what I find to be the most charming and quirky thing about the lomo toy camera. Each time I send the films to be developed, I am always brimming with anticipation over how the photos will turn out and the surprise and amazement I feel when I finally set my eyes upon the final images. Yeap, the toy camera definitely brings you back to basics!
And like all brands of digital and DSLRS camera available everywhere this days, toy cameras comes in various shapes and sizes too, each producing their own unique dreamy and surreal pictures. Lomography toy cameras are actually remakes of popular cult cameras back in the day. So here are some awesome lomo toy cameras for you to choose from!
Diana F+ Sahara. Lomography.com
Looking very much like the cameras used by Hollywood paparazzi of the 50s and 60s, the Diana F+ is one fine exquisite toy camera and is also the toy camera of choice for this writer here. What’s great about the Diana F+ is it comes in a variety of arty designs and colours to suit one for every personality. Mine is the CMYK edition, with its brightly hued colours of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black.
Fisheye No 2 Rip Curl Special Edition. Lomography.com
|Multilens cameras Oktomat and Pop9. Lomography.com|
Of course, this little introduction is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many more toy and analogue cameras available out there, whether vintage and tucked away in an old karang guni man’s storage room or remakes and reproduced by the Lomography Society. Drop by www.lomography.com to find out more.
The products recommended here are from the writer herself, and they do not represent the views and opinions of NYP.