Clicking off to London
Lomo photography isn’t just about taking snapshots of yourself for an online profile or sneaking behind a bush to capture celebrities up to no good.
Someone who knows the real art behind this skill is Steven Godbee. The budding photographer and Sydney gay community identity was recently named Australia’s representative at the Lomography World Congress in London.
So what is a lomography?
“There are different types of alternative cameras, including the Lomos, Holgas and Horizons,” Godbee said. “I use a Lomo camera, which is a Russian spy camera and has become a focus of an underground movement.”
Godbee won a voting poll to receive the Congress honour, which will see him talking shop with like-minded photographers from around the globe as well as securing international exposure for his work.
“It’s going to be all about extending creativity and pushing the cameras like never before,” he said, “and when you get a bunch of passionate people, it’s going to be a Lomo love-in.”
Godbee has photographed a string of different things – from celebrities to architecture and even himself. One of his favourites is a picture of Katie Noonan.
But, he said, like any creative pursuit, there is a secret to taking a good Lomo picture.
“The philosophy is to shoot from the hip and not look at what you’re taking,” he said. “It’s increasing in popularity and many countries have a Lomo embassy.”
For information about lomography go to www.lomography.com.au.