There is No Normal with Lomography
Pushing the boundaries of traditional photography and questioning the standard of typical aesthetics, Lomography is about creative and experimental photography. With simple cameras, it advocates spontaneity in photographers, and it instils the wonder to seek a photograph at any time, in the simplest of places. Through the efforts of lomographists, photographs with qualities that used to be considered as imperfections are now thought of as creative tweaks. While most photographers conscientiously avoid bokeh and light flares these are accepted and embraced in lomography. Some photos display optical distortions, and others have gorgeous light leaks. It is typical that these photographs are high in contrast with strange levels or saturation, or for sceneries to be in unusual colors. Green mountains can look red, and buildings can be upside-down. Some may say that adding these effects are far easier to do in a photo-editing software or app, but this type of photography is for those who hold an appreciation for the traditional practices and processes of photography, as well as for those who have a knack for experimentation.
Although Lomography can be considered recent, the LOMO LC-A, the camera that started it all, was mass produced in 1984 in Russia and its popularity spread to other then-Communist countries like Poland. But it was only in 1992 that its potential was truly unlocked, when a group of Viennese students came across an LC-A camera in an old-school camera shop in Prague. They snapped photos of their trip, and upon having the photos develop, they found the quirky, blurry, and saturated results to be strangely beautiful. It slowly spread organically through word-of-mouth, and soon, friends, family, and even strangers wanted their hands on LC-A cams. That was the beginning of the Lomographic Society International (LSI), and it has snowballed to become a global practice.
Lomographic Cameras and Films
Now, the LOMO LC-A has been succeeded by other analogue cameras such as the popular Fisheye Camera, Spinner 360, and Sprocket Rocket to name a few. Some cameras make use of multiple lenses, and rainbow-colored flashes. Aside from camera bodies, there are also lomographic lenses to play with. There is a full film range encompassing different formats, from 35mm 120 and 110 formats, as well as in different color negatives, slide, redscale, and the haunting black and white. Another thing that makes these cameras and this this practice so special is that, in this age of DSLRs and handy point-and-shoot cameras, these cameras are analogue. They require knowledge of the basic concepts of photography, different lenses and films, and the nearly lost art of slide chemistry.