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The Artistry in Pine Cones and Lomography

Sometimes, I  follow a philosophy of “Don’t think, just shoot.” This type of photography is typical of an artistic type of photography known as Lomography.

Most of the time, using this philosophy gives me quite beautiful but very unusual, and in the end, for one reason or another, unusable shots.   However, I enjoy taking pictures this way.  Mainly due to the sheer artistic nature of the technique.

Taken through a specific type of Russian camera, Lomography is a film photograph.  Due to manufacturing standards in the Soviet Union,  blurs, light leaks, and other imperfections often occurred. Other significant indicators of this style are the use of high contrast cross processing.

Cross Processing:

Cross processing the practice of using incorrect chemical solutions to process film.  An artistic picture magically appears full of saturated colors and unnatural representations of color.

Pine Cones
Pine Cones

Pine Cones is an example of faux Lomography. I shoot and process my work in digital RAW.   When I add the techniques of cross processing and vignettes to the work, I’m working on a computer and not a dark room.

Just like a darkroom specialist applying the wrong solution on purpose, I’m applying the wrong digital filters.  The result is no one knows what will occur to an image.   Therefore, you may have to reprocess the picture several times to get the effect that you are looking for.

Or, as is more than likely the case, the picture does not make the final cut and ends up in the trashcan. It’s a laborious process , but one I think people can agree captures it’s subject in a way that no other type of photography can.