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Lomo Manchester

The Manchester 24 exhibition at Urbis looks at this fine city through the eyes of one of the Russian Lomo cameras that has become a cult in photographic circles. We meet up with Manchester Lomo enthusiasts to see what makes them click.


Lorraine Smith
Lorraine Smith

Lorraine Smith has be doing it for a couple of years now and was keen to find other people in Manchester who were also at it. 'It' being Lomography - the photographic art of taking pictures with a Russian Lomo camera.

"Someone I met mentioned that they had a new camera that took four pictures at the same time", says Lorraine. "I didn't really understand what was happening, but I liked the results."

"Then, a couple of years ago, my boyfriend bought me one of the cameras and there were details with it about how you could sign up for the Lomography website and share your pictures with other Lomographers around the world."

"They were surprised that with there being so many Lomographers in Manchester, they weren't falling over each other!"
Lorraine Smith

Lorraine says that Lomo Manchester was born when a couple of other Manchester based photographers posted a comment on her website, "They were surprised that with there being so many Lomographers in Manchester, they weren't falling over each other!"

From those remarks and an initial meeting in Starbucks near Urbis of half a dozen photographers in September 2003, there are now around 75 people registered on their website.

"We meet up every month and talk and drink or go on special visits to take pictures. We've recently been to Portmerion in Wales (where The Prisoner TV programme was set), a beautiful place to photograph."

"We do get some odd looks when people see us taking pictures of just about anything - I mean we do tend to waste a lot of film, but it's great."

Lomography is a world-wide family that's growing all the time and the members' websites offer interesting and creative views of life on every continent.

To see a selection of pictures from Lomo Manchester click on the link on the right of the page.

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