The Lomography Wrap-Up 2021: A Year of Experiments, Passion and Solidarity with Film Photography

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Every passing year keeps proving that the future of film is brighter than ever. As we move on and adapt from the pandemic and re-open ourselves to the outside world, our outlook in life has gained more depth and nuance. The year 2021 for Lomography and the film community is a special one as we saw cultivation for bolder and more experimental approaches in analogue. True to our promise, we at Lomography developed more tools and sought more methods to support and enable the boundless creativity of film photographers. Such efforts seem to have made the film community more active, engaged and devoted — the analogue esprit de corps is stronger more than ever.

Read our recap and revisit our analogue journey for 2021.

Credits: zekiphone

Pocket-Sized Perfection: Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera and 110 Film Resurgence

Technological advancements in the photography industry are without a doubt, fast-paced, as new photography equipment with more up-to-date digital features are released yearly. Film photography, however, enjoys a different kind of trend. In midst of all this, 2021 is a year of surging interest with older and typically ‘under the radar’ formats and film camera types, such as the traditional ‘disposable camera’ and the 110 film format.

Lomography’s more sustainable Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera is turning into a cult favorite as more influential artists push its limits. Musicians like Django Django and Sulene documented the behind-the-scenes of their craft with the Simple Use. Professional fashion photographer Pasquale Ettore showcased his studio shots taken with the Simple Use, proving the camera to be just as competent as a usual 35 mm camera would perform.

Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera photos by Sulene, Django Django, and Pasquale Ettore

Meanwhile, the 110 film camera is getting picked up by photographers such as medium format lover Sissi Lu. Since the release of the LomoChrome Metropolis 110 film format, photographers Diego Ortega and Tony Kemplen recently rekindled with the 110 film cameras in their camera collections; the latter even imposed a month-long challenge of shooting exclusively in 110. Blue-blooded Lomographers such as frrmrl, mamenosuke, and moongrowl are keeping the torch lit and alive for the miniature format.

110 film photos by @mamenosuke, Sissi Lu, Mariele Ferrero, and Diego Ortega

We’re very curious what else the future has in store for these pocket-sized cameras; it’s looking very bright and promising.

The Reign of the LomoGraflok 4×5 Instant Back and Atoll Ultra-Wide 2.8/17 Art Lens

If any new photographic gears were on the lookout, many from the film community had their eyes on the LomoGraflok 4×5 Instant Back and the new Lomography Atoll Ultra Wide 2.8/17 Art Lens.

It’s easy to see why everyone was anticipating these two. The LomoGraflok 4×5 Instant Back is redefining the instant photography experience by letting medium format cameras produce their ultra-crisp and sharp attributes onto Instax film. Photographers such as Ben Fraternale, Giulio Speranza, Eliot Japy and Joan Michel lauded this instant back for its versatility and functionality, further making instant film a more valuable medium.

At the same time, the Atoll Art Lens is pushing the envelope further for the seamless and omniscient perspectives -- as tried, tested, and approved by wide-angle aficionados Zairre Wright, Sunny Liu and Mark Nisbet. We think 2022 will remain a big year for this powerful lens as more photographers receive their pre-orders.

LomoGraflok 4×5 Instant Back photos by Ben Fraternale and Joan Michel; Atoll Ultra-Wide 2.8/17 Art Lens photos by Mark Nisbet and Zairre Wright

Artistic Editions of Lomography Cameras for 2021

Every year, we give some of our Lomography cameras a new look to match every photographer. For 2021, we collaborated not only with illustrators and painters but also with sound artists.

Berlin-based trio Kitschkrieg designed the Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera B&W KITSCHKRIEG Edition to reflect their unit’s monochromatic aesthetic. Producer and composer Darius gave the Simple Use a holographic skin with the Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera Darius Edition and is preloaded with the LomoChrome Metropolis. Another chromatic design is the Simple Use Reloadable Camera Saturday Edition, which is preloaded with the LomoChrome Purple.

We also invited contemporary talents from Thailand to refashion our instant cameras. Kantapon Metheekul, a.k.a. Gongkan imbued his outer-space themed "Teleport" series in the Lomo’Instant Gongkan Edition. Illustrator Yozanun Wutigonsombutkul, a.k.a. Suntur used his artwork from his exhibit, “A Little Letter from Someone, Somewhere” to dress up the Lomo’Instant Automat Suntur Edition.

Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera B&W KITSCHKRIEG Edition, Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera Darius Edition, Simple Use Reloadable Camera Saturday Edition, Lomo’Instant Automat Suntur Edition, and Lomo’Instant Gongkan Edition

A Year of Color Shifts: Metropolis Mania and the LomoChrome Turquoise Comeback

As timeless and beloved as the LomoChrome Purple film is, the LomoChrome Metropolis has become a solid contender as the color-shifting film favorite with more than 15,000 photos in the Community alone since December 2019. It seems its cool and subtle tones have resonated with many, especially in these pandemic times. A reformulation of the film, the 2021 LomoChrome Metropolis, was also released just before last year ended.

The two aforementioned LomoChrome films are simultaneously bought and used together by many photographers such as Kate Hook and Dylana Suarez due to its easy and effortless color-shifting production.

LomoChrome Metropolis photos by Kate Hook & Dylana Suarez

Meanwhile, the LomoChrome Turquoise finally made its most-awaited comeback this year. Trust us, we know how many are demanding for its comeback, constantly on our communication channels, waiting for any updates from us! Finally, we made something work. With the new formula and batch set to roll out early next year, we are expecting the analogue community to paint the town in turquoise and gold!

Will the LomoChrome Metropolis continue its reign in 2022, or will the LomoChrome Turquoise take the crown? Will the LomoChrome Purple keep being the fan-favorite? The future prospects for the LomoChrome film triad always excite us!

Credits: gabbard, smolda & candeeland

Lomography Partners, the Everyday Analogue Architects

This year, we kicked off a new series of features dedicated to our partners and allies to secure the future of film. As they also share our goals and passion, our Lomography Partners have stuck with everyone through thick and thin. We learned a little more about them behind-the-scenes -- what motivates them to operate in the business, the challenges they faced, why they stand with Lomography, and more. Safelight Berlin advocates with us to keep film alive. The wonderful folks at Brooklyn Film Camera shares Lomography's experimental approach and principle with film.

Along with our Lomography Partners, the future is analogue. Here are some of our other Partners that we've featured this year:

Lomography Back in Action!

With the global rollout of vaccinations and strengthened protocols, Lomography has carefully restarted its offline events to reconnect with the analogue community. Our Lomography team in New York teamed up with Brooklyn Film Camera once again for the comeback of NYC Film Photo Gathering 2021, hosting various workshops. Lomography also coordinated with local businesses to hold the biggest raffle with over 20 amazing prizes. In celebration of Film Photography Day 2021, Lomography France joined arms with Initial LABO for a film swap project using Lomography films.

Photos at Northbund LomoWalk and Revela’T Contemporary Analog Photography Festival 2021

One of our favorite photographic pastimes, the LomoWalk, was also resumed. Our team based in Shanghai went on a cultural and creative tour at the North Bund early this year, and our LomoWalk in East London was fully booked!

Here are more offline activities from us across the globe, or check out our events calendar and learn what we've been up to all year!

Photos at NYC Film Photography Gathering 2021 by Justin Waldinger, LomoWalk in East London

Analogue Activities with LomoAmigos and Friends

Aside from offline events and workshops, Lomography and its Community members were also very active in fortifying the analogue circle. Our New York team's closely working with Exposure Toronto for a series of artist features in support of the organization’s mission: to raise the voice of Black creatives in the photography industry. They also worked with the creative platform Masthead for artists to document their weekends with the Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera. Lastly, they also lent some Lomo'Instant Wide cameras to independent artists through Indiewalls.

Photo by Deion Squires-Rouse for Exposure Toronto

One of this year's biggest collaborative analogue projects belongs to Lomographer Anca Pandrea a.k.a. ofchanceandchoice, the founder and organizer of Make This a Double. The project bridges Lomography's Community members and film shooters on Instagram through film swaps. The results are then uploaded to the perfectly curated LomoHome of Make This a Double.

Credits: makethisadouble

Carrying on with our tradition is this year's TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards, one of our biggest film photography competitions in the Community. Every year, we open eleven categories with their specific themes and genres for Community members to submit. The competition is particularly high for the categories Monochrome: Black and White Photography (12,859 submissions), Urban Explorers: Street Photography (11,190) and Human Stories (9,190) as they had the most submissions. We accumulated almost 66,000 submitted photos overall.

A Deeper Digest with Lomography Magazine

Our magazine team is always fetching for the freshest stories and featuring meaningful analogue projects. This year, we were all about seeing unique angles, hearing new voices, and getting a bit more personal as we continuously explore ourselves and our humanity through film photography. From getting to know a family of Lomographers, carrying on a decade-long Diana camera project, to a Lomographer saving almost a hundred rolls of film, here are our five picks to enrich your relationship with film:

As the pandemic continues, we became more appreciative of the outside world and the life it breathes. Hence, creative documentary photography grew to become an even more relevant genre among our film community -- covering local life, cultures, and subcultures. As such, we interviewed and featured the works of RODRIGO, Chris Mercado, Valerii a.k.a. utro, and Elie Souffan. Autobiographical documentary photography also prospered, especially in domestic, intimate spaces. Such are the works of Ada Jakimiuk, Sara Costa, Alan Diaz, Amanda Creamer and Pinelich.

Credits: utro, pinelich, acreamer & zairre

We particularly got a nuanced coverage of American skate culture thanks to photographers Jeff Howlett and Zairre Wright. We also dove deep into the works and worlds of photographers Mattson Culbert and Giulio Pascucci as they combine two passions, analogue, and surfing.

Film swap stories and multiple exposures are extremely popular in our Magazine, too. For starters, this film swap between two cousins gave us a more renowned appreciation for traveling, relationships, and how film connects two people. Of course, we never miss out on a double exposure series from the legendary @hodachrome. And while we're closely following activities from the @makethisadouble project, we were also featuring other film swappers in the Community, as seen in the Film Swappers Society series. Do you want to get better with the multiple or double exposure technique? Here's a tipster on how to create tidy double exposures.

Credits: lofnikolas & crazy_little_red_riding_hood

Lastly, here’s Lomography Magazine’s Top 10 Reads for 2021:

An Era of Chemical and Physical Experiments

As everyone continues to strive in this pandemic, it seems many film photographers have turned the comfort of their kitchens and garages into their own laboratories and darkroom, especially in 2021. Photo manipulation isn't anything new in photography, especially in digital. It is, however, quite a laborious and notable effort in film photography. Physical manipulation has become a distinguished trend in the Lomographic Community as an alternative way of creative expression. Revisit these projects for more of the best physical post-processing endeavors:

Photos by @spannerino, @nicktaurojr and @annika_schwermut

If analogue experimenters weren’t distressing their negatives, they were busy cooking it.

Along with Lomography's own International Cookbook of Film Soup Recipes (Part II and Part III ), we also received many other film soup cocktails and recipes this year. Here are some of our favorite concoctions and brews personally made by analogue chefs:

Photos by @simonesavo, @hanalogital and Caroll Nox Atra

Online Press and Social Media: The Lomographic Buzz

Lomography's enduring persistence to innovate the film photography experience -- even during this pandemic -- warranted countless of praises and commendations across the internet.

The Petzval Art Lens is always reputed for its unique and boundless creative potential as Ted Forbes of the esteemed Art of Photography and David Crewe of PetaPixel reviewed the lens. Certifying Lomography's lens-making competence, the Atoll Ultra Wide 2.8/17 Art Lens also received positive first impressions from PC Mag and remains as one of the most anticipated art lenses. Photographer and vlogger Sophia Carey further hyped the LomoChrome Purple in a video review, showing that even at medium or 120 format, the love for the cult favorite is more than deserved.

Word on the LomoGraflok Instant Back continues to spread across the analogue community as instant film lover and vlogger In An Instant a.k.a. Ben Fratenale reviewed the accessory on YouTube: "Instax Wide film receives a game-changing lifeline with the LomoGraflok Back, a simple but spectacular tool for large format shooters by Lomography. The results have me pretty much spinning out honestly."

We mentioned earlier our A Weekend With... collaboration with Masthead Magazine as we provided their friends some stocks of the Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera. Here are some of what artists and other industry professionals have to say about the Simple Use, once again proving the convenient and versatile magic of Lomography:

"There is something refreshing about taking a photo on the Lomography camera and not being able to see the image immediately after. I was more purposeful with each shot and I’m excited for the memories when I see them." -- Mélanie Masarin, Founder & CEO of Ghia
"Shooting with the Lomography camera allowed me to pause and appreciate the tiny details, the smaller moments that may not make it to a "feed" or "story." -- Myles Loftin, #Forbes30Under30 photographer
"The analogue camera felt like a device to slow down time, giving space for meditation and consideration. It made me appreciate beautiful moments and consciously look at what is real, what surrounds you." -- Melitta Baumeister, Fashion Designer
Photo from Masthead Series

Lomography's admirable work and dedication converted to stronger support from the global film community.

Our tags #lomography and #heylomography tag now have over 2 million and 437,000 photos on Instagram, respectively. As we monitor the tags, we noticed how popular the Lomography films are, especially the LomoChrome Metropolis. So much that there are three Metropolis-shot photos in the Top 10. This year, our most liked #heylomography photo is by Hong Kong-based LomoAmigo Calvin Yung a.k.a. _sur.real_life, with over 8,000 likes.

Best of Five for #HeyLomography: Photos by @_sur.real_life, @i.lander_film, @davidcontrerasm, @film.west and @tonoi888

Champions of Film: The Lomography Hall of Fame 2021

Our online community is one of the internet's biggest repositories for analogue photography -- a safe space for creativity and inspiration for Lomographers across the world.

As of today, London is the most photographed city in our Community, with over 241,000 photos, and is followed by Berlin, Bangkok, Paris, and New York. Many continue to tag their photos with the hashtags #35mm, #summer, #xpro, #lomo, and #lomography. The Lomography LC-A remains the ultimate Lomographer favorite as it has now amassed over 2.5 million Community photos.

This year, our top newly-opened LomoHomes are nwinther, makethisadouble and vp_analog. Here are their best photos for 2021:

Credits: nwinther, makethisadouble & vp_analog

Lomography wouldn't be anything without its creative community. Despite the circumstances, many Lomographers showed us the power of art and how they are cathartic to both photographer and audience. Thank you for pushing the film community forward. The spirit of analogue lives on within each member of Lomography. And so, we present Our 10 Best Lomographers for 2021 -- our endless gratitude for leading and inspiring everyone with your passion and photos!

Lastly, here's the most awaited gallery of the year, the Best Community Photos of 2021! These were the ten of the most awe-inspiring shots on film, taken by our very own talented Community.

Credits: akula, keerozz, rik041, mlchaelbexley & dr_reineke

We’re proud to say that 2021 has been an eventful and fruitful year not only for Lomography but for the entire film community. Our sincerest gratitude to everyone who made this possible, especially during these trying times. As the future of film burns brighter more than ever, a new chapter waits ahead of us. Keep shooting, stay safe and awesome… and Lomo On!

written by cielsan on 2021-12-29 #videos

9 Comments

  1. nicktaurojr
    nicktaurojr ·

    Love to the entire Lomo community!!

  2. an4
    an4 ·

    dann mal weiter so,

  3. frenchyfyl
    frenchyfyl ·

    @vicuna et @gheinz, tous les deux présents dans le top-ten pour la deuxième année consécutive ! Vous avez assuré les gars! :-)

  4. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Lomography rocks!!! :)
    @frenchyfyl ha ha, merci beaucoup!! :)))))

  5. gheinz
    gheinz ·

    @frenchyfyl @vicuna Mille mercis. Il faut toujours se laisser guider par sa passion...

  6. gheinz
    gheinz ·

    Many thanks @cielsan and happy new year!

  7. lofnikolas
    lofnikolas ·

    the best of all,yeah!!

  8. untamedboy
    untamedboy ·

    🙏🏽

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