This is a first attempt at trying to produce a digital Lomo effect. If you don’t already know, LOMO stands for Leningrad Optical Mechanical Amalgamation (Ленинградское Oптико-Mеханическое Oбъединение). They produced a camera of questionable quality that made colorful, blurry images that some considered “charming”.
An art movement developed around it and it was advanced when it became standard practice to cross process lomography images. Cross processing is when “film intended for developing in slide chemistry (E-6) is processed in photographic negative chemistry (C-41), and vice versa”. A typical lomo image also has a noticeable vignette from the inexpensive fixed mount lens, much like the Holga cameras.
All of these effects can be simulated in Photoshop but I suspect it is more fun and rewarding to do on film as originally intended.
10 Golden Rules of Lomography (from http://www.lomography.com/)
- 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