About a month ago Lomography, the brand that single-handed ushered in the return of analog photography, moved into a new space here in Los Angeles, West Hollywood to be precise. Funny enough I actually pass by it every day on my way to work but I’d never stopped by. The other day though I purchased a Canon S90 so I was well armed to go in and document the space.
It’s situated on a corner of Santa Monica Blvd. in a two story building with an entirely glass facade. From the street you can see the giant wall they’ve decorated with what seems to be thousands of photos in a great grid of color. It looks quite abstract from a distance but as you get closer it becomes clear that they’re average photos.
Inside they sell every type of camera and accessory you could imagine. It’s staggering the amount of cameras they sell at this point, almost overwhelmingly so. But the space is divided quite clearly into different sections and each camera is marked with a description of what they do as well. Add to that a rather cheery staff who chatted with me and were helpful in answering all of my questions makes the store a great place to visit.
I came across the work of Holger Schilling and was totally swept up by the mood of his photos, especially this series called Bastionen: Vergessene Festen Vergessener Systeme (Lost Fortresses of Lost Regimes) which features old train stations in East Germany.
What I really love about these photos is that they feel authentic. I imagine if you stood in that very spot the sky would be that dim grey color, the buildings would be slightly desaturated and the textures in everything around you would look quite sharp. I also think the look of these photos are almost counter-intuitive to how a lot of photography looks these days in a time of HD merging and super high contrast images, so it’s nice seeing photos that aren’t trying to overly impress anyone.
On Sunday I headed over to my favorite bookstore Skylight Books and picked up a copy of Todd Selby’s new book The Selby Is In Your Place. It was funny actually, they also had a copy of The Sartorialist’s book as well; clearly being a photographer and showcasing your work online is really paying off. Nonetheless I passed up on Mr. Schuman’s book and stuck with just The Selby.
The Selby Is In Your Place is a collection of photos and questionnaires from the blog, but put together in a curated way with bits of commentary. It’s actually really nice to see his photos on the printed page, you just get a better sense of these places when you’re not staring at a screen. The book is filled with some eclectic folks and it’s really fun seeing the nuances of their lives.
If you’re a fan of Mr. Selby’s blog I’d definitely suggest checking out this book. I’ve also put some more photos under the cut, so check those out as well.
I spotted these amazing images by Alberto Seveso about a month ago but I never got around to posting them. Th effect is simple, he’s poured varnish into a fishbowl, but the end result is simply stunning. The images almost look like they were computer generated but he clearly states that they aren’t. The details in how the varnish mixes with the water is really powerful, and the colors in both of these are absolutely beautiful.
I’m sorry, but the desire to post Kim Høltermand’s work all the time is maddening, the man is a genius. The images above are taken from a new series he did called Prism and once again he applies his trademark style to another gorgeous location. It’s amazing how he can turn a simple shape into such an awesome looking photo. I love that all of the photos in the set are basically the same, but by taking them at different times of day the color and lighting shifts, giving them an entirely new feeling. This is meant to be a bit of random beauty for your day, so enjoy it, and if you’re unfamiliar with Mr. Høltermand’s work, be sure to visit his site.