I've been seeing some buzz about lomography lately. I've been trying to understand what it is and how it is different from photography. Most refer to it as 'experimental analogue film photography'. Is that all there is to it? If I use my old film camera am I doing Lomography?
Wikipedia page: Lomography
Lomography was a fad from some time ago which involved using cheap, old Russian film cameras, primarily a camera called the LOMO LC-A, to create pictures with a poor technical quality.
The term is a trademark of Lomographische AG, an Austrian company who now manufacture that and a range of other cheap plastic cameras for sale in the same style as old plastic Russian cameras.
The idea was that having such a poor quality camera freed photographers from concentrating on their equipment and instead forced them to try and concentrate on the art of taking pictures - that is, composition and timing.
In a way, however, it was the Instagram of the 90s/2000s. Sure you could take a great photo with it, and there have been (and continue to be) serious photographers work with it, but along with this there were also a lot of what amounted to unskilled photographers taking boring photos with cheesy effects.
If done well, you could probably use it in a photography course as a learning aid to teach students to create pictures with poor equipment.
No. Lomography involved using specific cameras with non-interchangeable plastic lenses, limited apertures and sometimes little control over focus, and a lack of virtually any automated functions other than exposure time. Using a film SLR or even a compact film camera from the last 30-40 years is not Lomography.