Bringing people together at the Lomography Petzval Lens Launch Party in London

Lomography Petzval Launch Party

Thank you for reading this and checking out my work. Your comments, feedback and other observations are always welcome.

Today’s post is about community between people from a wide range of backgrounds, interests and stories. For instance, this week I  joined the fun at Lomography’s party at their colourful shop in London. Along with lots of other people we celebrated the launch of their Petzval lens.

[Just in case you are wondering, I have no connection with, and nor am I sponsored by, Lomography. All of my cameras, lenses, lights and other photography related equipment is bought and insured out of my own pocket.]

While we, the party goers, were enjoying the hospitality, there was lots of chat about the fun of film and digital photography. It also seemed to me that this lens party had brought all sorts of interesting and creative people (not just photographers) together. For instance, the person at the heart of  this photograph is Larissa Lily. She is holding a Polaroid photograph of herself created [on an ancient camera with an original Petzval lens] by Arat Komsawadichal. He is photobombing  my photograph of his own photograph  (which, in turn, I created using my Petzval lens).

From my point of view it was very interesting to realise how the Lomography version of the lens was a revelation to most people excited about seeing and using the lens for the first time.  In comparison,  I felt like a veteran Petzval Photographer having created several thousand photographs with it this year.

In case you are not familiar with it already here is some more background:

You are welcome to get in touch and enjoy the experience for yourself.


Thank you.



p.s. I would also like to take this opportunity thank the nice people at Lomography’s online magazine for featuring my project that ran for a few months earlier this year. It has changed my approach to creating photographic portraiture forever.



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