Lomo Photography

Film photography is an imperfect science. Physical conditions-- of equipment, of film, and of the environments in which a photograph is captured-- may have great and unpredictable effect on the resulting image. While the term "lomography" is a registered trademark of an European company, a variation on the term may represent the intentional use of film photography equipment to capture unexpected distortions of an image's truth-- not through use of the convenient digital tools of our age, but rather through reliance on analog technology and formats that may not respond accurately. Shutter speed, lens dust, motion blur, unexplained swatches of light crossing the frame: these take place not through practices of audience deception or intentional digital trickery, but rather the photographer subjecting himself to old or malfunctioning equipment, expired or cheap film, or simply using the camera incorrectly.

The images presented here are selected from a larger body of film photography produced in 2011, 2012, and 2017, in various locations throughout New England and the eastern seaboard of the United States. Images were produced using a variety of 35mm film cameras, including an Olympus OM-1, Canon AE-1, and a variety of lenses, filters, and practices. Negatives were processed by TheDarkroom.com, or Walgreens of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, low-resolution scans of which are provided here.

All images presented here are unretouched-- absolutely no digital editing, brightness, tonal adjustment, cropping, or other modification was made, except for the implanting of an attributing watermark.