Lomography is a current buzz word. The Lomo camera was the camera for the masses in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. The cute mini cameras became a cult in Vienna in the 1990s where they lent themselves to a spontaneous shoot-from-the-hip style of photography.
It has since taken off in an artsy direction this century with a global following for retro analogue photography, perhaps as a reaction against the everyday acceptability of digital?
The Lomography gallery and shop in Manchester is behind (not literally) a recently unveiled Lomo wall on Tariff Street. It's 30 metres long and consists of 18,000 photographs. I assume it is meant to look like a series of street scenes, or is it merely abstract? When you look close up there are many repeated photos, some at right angles or upside down, to achieve the overall effect.
I was offered the loan of a Lomo camera by Lomo UK earlier this year but struggled to get on with it. Yes it looked fabulous, with its retro deckchair canvas covering, but, IMHO, it was too limited, and expensive at £100 plus the processing of each film. I'll stick to my simple digital Coolpix which also cost about £100 and gives so many more options. You can easily apply a Lomo effect should you choose.
If the Lomos were much cheaper, or if the old ones were simply being reused rather than new ones being manufactured, I might be tempted to use one as a fun photo accessory. Perhaps if like me you used analogue film back in the 1980s you are less likely to be as enamoured with it this time around?
A video of the wall being installed, and more on it is at: www.lomography.com/magazine/news/2012/08/02/lomowall-manchester-launches-with-a-bang
Linked to Monday Murals at the Oakland Daily Photo blog.