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The Return of the Silent Film

Cameras have been getting more low-tech for a while (Holga, anyone?), but it looks like the Lomography crowd is finally making the leap to video. This is the Lomokino Super 35, a hand-cranked 35mm camera—and the state of the cinematic art circa 1925. To be fair, it’s also in color, but otherwise there’s not much to separate it from the kind of cameras Buster Keaton was using. You can crank slower for a sped-up silent movie feel or over-crank for evocative slow motion. They even include a device for watching dailies—that Lomoviewer box to the right. Hopefully you saved your Chaplin costume from Halloween.

Grainy Days


Thanks to a certain sharp-chinned film director, the pulp look has had quite a comeback in past decade or so. And while the trend may be getting a bit long in the tooth, we’d say it’s still got a few good photosets in it.

For instance, this one’s not too bad (via NotCot). A collaboration between lensman Neil Krug and supermodel Joni Harbeck, it’s enough to make us wonder why there aren’t more editorial spreads that use lomography…and why we haven’t seen more from Ms. Harbeck.

Take a look at Pulp’s video trailer»

All Aboard


We’ve been pushing the lomography cause for a while, but apparently someone’s been listening.

Fresh off his furry jaunt, Sir Paul Smith has put together a lomography camera with his trademark stripes. It’s a solid accessory, and he certainly has the retail reach to pull it off in a new way. It’s quality trend-watching all around…although this may be the first time Sir Smith has lifted an idea from the White Stripes.

I Turn My Camera On


Digital cameras are good for feeding blogs, but analog has charms all its own, as we’ve noticed a few times before.

This twin-lens model comes from Superheadz in Japan, where lomography is already a full-blown trend. The shutter opens manually, so you’ll have to count on your own reflexes to make sure you don’t overexpose the film or end up with a picture that’s too dark to use.

It takes a while to get the hang of it…but that’s half the fun.

Seeing Red


Most analog technologies have gone the way of the 8-track by now, but film is making a decent stand, based largely on lomophile tricks like this one.

The above picture is “red-scaled,” meaning the film is inserted backwards and shot through a protective filter that cuts out most higher frequency light. A few clever folks have started making film specifically for red-scaling—meaning you won’t need quite as much technical elbow grease—but what they’re selling is really just pre-filtered film. It takes a good picture, though, as you can see.