London Lomography: Portobello Market

I got my first roll of 120 film prints back after experimenting with my new Diana F+, a wonky white plastic camera designed to look and work like one from the 60s. I bought it from the Lomography shop on Newburgh Street that opened last September. (Great little place, by the way, and not just for camera-enthusiasts either. The walls and ceiling are completely coated in a layer of 14,000 lomographs that are well worth a look.)

It was strangely satifsying to have to go to the shop to collect prints that I had dropped off for processing the day before, to pull them, all shiny, out of their envelope and lay them out on the table. They’re big 5×5 square prints I took on a semi-cloudy day in Portobello Market – 16 to a roll.

Thing is, they’re not perfect, but that’s exactly why I love them. You pop a roll of film into this camera that looks like a toy and sometimes they come out off-centre or blurry, or completely out of focus. There’s double exposures, complete mishaps and a few surprises. And I can’t wait to take my next roll in because I bought a splitzer I’ve been using on that one and they are bound to be completely chaotic.

Here’s a few from Portobello.


Portobello Market

Belgian Waffles

I Love London

Gate Hotel

If you’ve got some London lomography of your own, add it to the Flickr pool.

Elephant Parade 11-20

Today is the last chance to catch the outdoor herd at Chelsea Royal Hospital before the elephants are auctioned off at Sotheby’s. I’d highly recommend going. I went down on Saturday and it’s impressive seeing them all in the same place. The indoor herd is at Westfield until June 30.

Here’s numbers 11-20.

11. Simply Silver by Thammakit Thamboon; Green Park
Simply Silver

12. Polka Dot by Thammakit Thamboon; More London
Polka Dot

13. Doors by Ratchadapol Mueannoo; Duke of York Square

14. Daisies by Benjawan Sang-Gnernchai; Notting Hill Gate

15. Mr. Stripe by Ittikan Chaingam; Foubert’s Place/Newburgh Street

16. Mrs. Stripe by Nongkaln Pommigmas; Marble Arch

17. Gaj Mani by Yodsaran Chaidungkaew; Green ParkGaj Mani

18. Panda by Turdsak Piromkraipak; Hyde Park – Speaker’s Corner

19. Blitz by Rasamee Kongchan; Hyde Park – Dell Garden

20. Vroom by Rasamee Kongchan; Hyde Park – Dell Garden

For more photos, interviews and other info, visit my Elephant Parade page. Stay tuned for the rest!