I recently discovered lomography. I think it fits very naturally with the spirit of moblogging.

The 10 Golden Rules of Lomography

1 - take your camera everywhere you go
2 - use it any time - day and night
3 - lomography is not an interference in your life, but a part of it
4 - try the shot from the hip
5 - approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible
6 - don't think (Wiliam Firebrace)
7 - be fast
8 - you don't have to know beforehand what you capture on film
9 - afterwards either
10 - don't worry about the rules

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Yes! Lomography pictures are supposed to be shot from the hip, vividly colored and somewhat fuzzy, non-representational/abstract, artsy.
Hmm. The approach is intriguing, and might perhaps justify the acquisition of that “compact” Hasselblad SWC I’m contemplating.
Carry the 1.4Kg Hasselblad around without the viewfinder, to shoot from the hip, without framing. Be casual about exposure settings and focus, use slowish shutter speeds and load the camera with vivid 160ASA negative film.
Voilà! Lomograph-ish pictures without having to buy a real Lomo camera. Think about the cost savings, especially as the Hassy might be upgradable to a Moblogging-friendly digital back configuration :-)

when you are in austria just right now - you should meet the guys there - they are cool and interesting - as i know the are working on a digital version of the LOMO Cammera - that would be great for moblogging

Do you have a URL or contact info Gerin?

I've been using one for a few months now and I must say it's a fun little camera. Worth the money you pay for one in Tokyo? Not so sure...
(Well, for me it was, I guess...)

The peculiar characteristics of the camera can give a wonderful effect. (Other times, it's a disappointment that costs ¥100 per click...)
(I just put up a batch yesterday: http://www.wirefarm.com/gallery/sakuralomos/)

Any time you want to grab mine for a few days to try it out, catch me at the office - I usually have it with me.

Just be sure to insist that the film lab NOT correct the color when they print or make a CD - that wrecks the effect.

yes - you could contact the persident of the lomograpic society Mathias Fiegl - nice guy (if you contact him send him my greetings) the phone number is +43 189 9440 and the address in vienna is; Hollergasse 41, A-1150

it is close to the Westbahnhof - the train station you'll arrive to comming from Linz

if you need additional information feel free to contact me: gerin(at)blackbox.at
Anyway,it would be great to have a chat about social gathering phenomena - i could provide you with information on the current discussion in austria. Myself, i am an industiral designer who wants to connect community building with product design see also ->

This sounds very cool, I'm intrigued.

This sounds very cool, I'm intrigued.

Be very aware that if you buy a lomo camera, that it will break at regular intervals, so have a local camera repairshop's number ready! The photos will not always come out, and that eat camera has it's own quirks.

Lomography is fun. I think however it has more to do with the concept and idea, the attitude to what "photography" means, rather than the camera itself.

Although the four lens cameras are very cool.

Yan

Be very aware that if you buy a lomo camera, that it will break at regular intervals, so have a local camera repairshop's number ready! The photos will not always come out, and that eat camera has it's own quirks.

Lomography is fun. I think however it has more to do with the concept and idea, the attitude to what "photography" means, rather than the camera itself.

Although the four lens cameras are very cool.

Yan

Be very aware that if you buy a lomo camera, that it will break at regular intervals, so have a local camera repairshop's number ready! The photos will not always come out, and that eat camera has it's own quirks.

Lomography is fun. I think however it has more to do with the concept and idea, the attitude to what "photography" means, rather than the camera itself.

Although the four lens cameras are very cool.

Yan

Did you catch this article by Jogn Jerney for The Daily Yomiuri?

Moblogs drive the adoption of camera phones http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/newse/20040420wo62.htm

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Emily

sorry, i forgot to provide you with the offiical homepage of the lomograpic society
www.lomography.com

The Lomo is a horrible camera, a Trabant of photography, with shoddy build quality and terrible reliability. It's a testament to creative marketing that anyone has even a slight interest in these cameras. You could just as easily apply the Lomo Golden Rules with a $5 disposable camera and get better results. You just wouldn't feel as hip.

I do love the look of the Lomo photographs. Happily, a quick Google search yielded a number of Photoshop actions to achieve the same look with one's "normal" images.

I found out about the lomo lc-a from Jim's site (thanks Jim) a while back and was intrigued. I plan on getting one.

But I feel a little uncomfirtable buying one at the same time, given this item of controversey.

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