Thursday, October 8, 2009

Slow MO

I just purchased "stuff" for my new hobby. (My dear Pakistani wife, I know the kitchen needs fixing.) It will take some time though before I get my dirty paws on it, had them shipped to my sister in the US. Hope to get them before the term breaks ends so that I can have some time to mess around with them.

Man, these babies are hard to find. There are alternatives out there, but nothing beats the original.

Do not know what the hell I am talking about? Do not worry, once I get started with this, you will learn about it. I am learning myself. Now, if only I understood Japanese.


Ariel M. Encarnacion said...

"I want to tell you some facts about Lo-Fi to answer most of the questions to understand this trend. Everything began with some guys at Austria that realized the magic of Lomo, some cheap plastic soviet-made cameras. They created a concept they called Lomography that "emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Characteristics such as over-saturated colors, off-kilter exposure, blurring, "happy accidents," and alternative film processing are often considered part of the "Lomographic Technique."*

The "Lomography" concept was pretty successful. Some critics raised an eyebrow and said that the "Lomography" concept was a cheap trick to make money. Well, maybe it was a trick, but not a cheap one since these guys made a lot of money. We prefer to use the term "lo-fi-" from Low-Fidelity instead of Lomography because in theory a Lomography should only be a photograph made with a Lomo brand camera, and it is possible to have this distinctive look with other legendary plastic-toy-cheap-cameras such as the Holga or the Diana and even with digital cameras. So we call it "Lo-Fi".
But the rage of the critics is right about bad photos: a bad photo is a bad photo anywhere, even if it was done with a professional camera and with a breath-taking lens. If it has poor framing, if it is vulgar in any sense, it will be a bad photo.

The second criticism is that Lo-Fi is nothing new, but good old expressionism.

killyrbf said...

Beh! Big brother, copy & paste FTL! ( :P