After all, art is subjective anyway…

Aug 31, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned lomography — the happy-go-lucky photography movement based on the phrase “Don’t think, just shoot.” Lomography humbly began with snapshots taken by the Russian state-produced 35mm LOMO LC-A Compact Automat Camera. The camera was easy to use, cheap to obtain and widely used by photographic comrades all over the former USSR. The unique, colorful and often blurry images became signatures for a new style of photography that was light on technique and heavy on candid documentation. It’s a movement I wholeheartedly embrace not only because it fits right into the tradition of cinema verite and la nouvelle vague, but also because it makes happy accidents like this shot somehow seem more artistic.

I actually took the motto “Don’t think, just shoot” a step further with this image. It was more like: “Don’t think, don’t look, don’t even notice that after drinking a mimosa at lunch and laughing so hard you fall against your open handbag, the camera laying on top of it just shoots.” (Somehow I don’t think my slogan is nearly as catchy.)

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