Monday, May 10, 2010

Daily Art - Curiosity (Lomography)

I lived in the little village of Oxshott, Surrey (in the UK) for 12 years and worked right across the street from this staircase.  I've never known where the staircase leads to and have always wondered but never went up the stairs to see for myself.  Last time I was at home visiting my parents, I decided to snap this picture for posterity.  I may never know where the staircase leads, but I think it's probably better that way.  After all, why spoil the mystery?

Lomography is a style of photography trademarked by the Austrian company, Lomographische AG.  The pictures produced by lomography cameras are easily identified by the vibrant colors, increased contrast and vignette around the edges.  I don't have a lomo camera but enjoy the look of shots in that style, so have played with creating the same effect using Photoshop.  It has to be said, this picture now looks very different from the rather vanilla snapshot that I took.  I think the retro feel really highlights the simplicity of the photo.

I think that the simplest pictures bring the best results when playing with this technique.  Here's a before and after example of another photo I took and treated in the same manner so you can see a side by side comparison.  While I generally shy away from digital modification of my pictures, sometimes it's fun to play and create something completely new.  Lomography cameras are actually pretty inexpensive and at some point I may buy one to play with, but until then, a little Photoshop magic will work for me!

Check out the Lomo Flickr group for more awesome examples.

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