Other “Lomographers” inspired me to begin capturing intimate and mundane moments in my life on film. I shared my photos on lomo.org and lomo.us, two online bulletin boards, and shared visions with other lomographers. We started an occasional tradition of “LOMOCrawls”, photo get-togethers open to anyone with a creative eye and any sort of camera.
The best description I’ve found for what Lomography means to me is online at http://www.intransient.com/lomography/.
The LOMO is well suited to my style of photography but any camera works well, as long as you take it with you everywhere and just shoot – don’t try to think your way through the shot.
While we were shooting, experimenting, and exploring non-photography, Lomography became a Big Business. When I purchased my first LOMO from a Russian seller on eBay in 2000, Lomography was a relatively unknown niche in photography. Now, there are retail Lomography storefronts in major cities, big-name retailers and impressive markups. Thanks to the Lomographic Society, I’m sure some hipsters are shooting with film for the first time.
My problem with Lomography is this: spontaneous photography isn’t tied to a brand. Nor is creative vision. You can take wonderful “Lomographs” with a camera phone, toy camera, junk store camera or SLR using the same “rules of Lomography”.
You can’t sell creativity, just the tools to enable it.