Lomography continues to carry the future of analogue as it widens the creative arsenal of film lovers. We talked to photographers share their two cents on the possibilities that can be unlocked by the new LomoChrome Metropolis XR 100–400.
Dan Bassini: The Future is Diverse
With the struggle to keep film alive in the industry, analogue portrait photographer believes that bringing a variety of film stock is the future of analogue. When looking at the test photos with the Metropolis, Dan gets to appreciate the one-of-a-kind aesthetic the emulsion gives. A real treat for film photographers.
"‘This film has a feeling to it, that focuses on the imperfections, capturing the moment rather than creating it. Variety is key for the future of film stock, being able to choose the camera and the film and knowing some idea what the end result will be."
Kyle Depew: A New Kind of Noir
Kyle Depew of Brooklyn Film Camera's been enamored by the analogue routine catalyst that is the LomoChrome Purple, making it another unique, exclusive style in film photography. So it wasn't surprising he was instantly fascinated when he saw the preview shots of LomoChrome Metropolis, praising the different color palette it provides in comparison to the usual color negative films in the market. More photographers can now experiment with film noir style – in color.
"Seeing special films like that brought back to life, seeing special films emerge from Lomography is something that's very important to me and very important to the ecosystem of film photography in general. [The LomoChrome Metropolis is] a very beautiful film, it’s wonderful to see new films like this introduced into the market. A new creative tool that we can now begin to play with."
Lauren Roche: More Analogue Possibilities
In spite of new digital mediums showing up here and there, People's Crit founder and photographer Lauren Roche has been devout to the analogue grind. She claims herself an old-timer at heart, preferring film aesthetics. She believes that shooting landscapes and cityscapes would fit well with the LomoChrome Metropolis, seeing as the style is often desperately emulated in digital. Film photographers now have the advantage.
"The new Lomochrome definitely doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen before… I’ve seen digital photographers try to create this aesthetic. Having this new film would just open up a lot of different approaches to film photography and what people are shooting."
Nick Collingwood: Going Retro-Modern
Filmmaker and photographer Nick Collingwood' was reminded of old noir films when he saw what the Metropolis can do. With the continuous rising trend of film photography, he feels hopeful and excited that more analogue lovers will get to explore new material as it helps the community and industry to thrive through these digital times.
"I'm excited about the possibility of using it in different situations… where I can really accentuate the colors and the contrast, the desaturatedness of the colors. Musicians on a more cutting edge style or look would really love this. Fashion or street photography, it would be great to see how it would react with light."
Lidybel Aguila: The Urban Film
One thing photographer Lidybel Aguila noticed is how the photographs taken with the LomoChrome Metropolis reminded her of the city. The teals and greys presented is unlike any other emulsion, resembling tall buildings, structures, and lights. For Lidybel, it would be an utter game-changer on street photography.
"I will describe it as a match of grey and teal, it resembles the city, the light. I really enjoyed the smoothness of the skin on the portraits that I just saw... I would love to try it. would use the film for portraits in the city, especially outdoors."
Zach Ruben: Innovating Color Film Photography
For street shooter Zach Ruben, he described the photographs taken with the LomoChrome Metropolis as 'hypervivid'. The high contrast yet desaturated look gives a unique take on reality, making viewers of Metropolis-shot images a twist of reality through color.
"A different take on what colour photography could be represented as. The aesthetic of the new Lomo-stock reminds me of film stills...A dramatic look...the desaturation I find in a lot of narrative films."