Lomo, Photo – India on Film

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  2. NotResponsibleAmy

    At least you make some attempt to extend the form. So much lomo these days is fake, tired, pretentious instagram

  3. candelacouture

    absolutely stunning photography!! keep up the good work, really
    if you can do you mind stopping by my blog, its really new and id love your feedback 🙂
    Thanks so much and great posts!

  4. ochie

    these are lovely! with the vibrancy of colours you can find in india, these lomo photographs look even more wonderful 😀 yay india!

  5. asmallpiecedaniellemarshall

    These are gorgeous. I am fascinated with Indian culture; your pictures show a beautiful perspective!

  6. perpetualflaneur

    Wonderful work! I love that these photos are not orchestrated at all. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of India through your lomo-lens! Btw, What are the specs of the camera and film you used?

    • pinkybinks

      Sorry to hear that. The shots were take over ten years ago when i was quite young and quite new to India. I have since spent rather a long time there and taken many more photographs, This is just one post that WordPress selected to publicize from several months of blogging.

    • pinkybinks

      Hi Again Bhavini. I also forgot to mention that the post was as much about the quality of the image. The retro lomo, the time lapse, masking tape and the marks of age, as much as it was the content.

    • pinkybinks

      Tries not to judge a banana by its peel???? Not in this case!! Your comment is rude and if you took time to look deeper you would see that. My blog has had more than a handful of views, actually almost 30,000. Could you explain how abstract shots of the sky, hands and electrical wires are “nothing more than western cliches of the east”??? Expectations create disappointment.

      • Bhavini

        I’m surprised you found my comment rude. I didn’t mean to.

        I did, however, wanted to convey my disappointment. It saddens me when photographers come to India from abroad and take notice of objects, colours, people or situations which have already been described to death in colonial narratives centuries ago: cows, sadhus, women in their native dresses, poor people, poor children, poor people or children smiling, brightly coloured dresses, turbans, temples. I feel this reductive, typical, different-from-west perspective is what often begins to become a rooted identity of India, for people not from India, who haven’t visited the east yet. It also confirms the stereotypical notions of people who have visited the east briefly.

        I would have really appreciated compositions which were different from what countless narratives have been informing the west of what the east is all about. Of course, the opposite also happens (although it would be wrong to mention it here, because the context is entirely different).

        The moment I saw your initial photographs, I was let down, so I didn’t bother to look at the others. I did, after your first comment. It made sense why such things would appeal to you 10 years ago, and I went on to explore your blog for other photographs. I liked the Banganga tank ones. I went on to look at your other pictures in this series, and I liked the under-exposed, orange-tint photo with the Ganesh poster, then two pictures below, the one with an electrical wire and a Shiva idol nestled on the bottom-right, and then the fourth picture below that, the one with the temple peak in the foreground and another temple peak and a snatch of an electrical pole in the back, and the photo below that, with the electrical wires in the sandy expanse. Now yes, these pictures also had stereotypes – gods, temples – but what made them break the stereotype was the fact that (I thought) they were beautifully composed. There was a subversion of some sort, a shifted perspective. That’s all I’m looking for in photographs, but you’d know, that’s it’s tougher, sometimes, to compose rather than to capture.

        I apologise for not looking through your other pictures. Shouldn’t have been in such a hurry. It doesn’t, however, disqualify my disappointment, but I know I can now explore your blog further and know that perhaps I might not be disappointed again.

        Sorry, also, for the wordiness.

    • pinkybinks

      Hi. Thank you for your comment. It’s interesting to hear your perspective and understand why you made such a remark. I find it most interesting that tourists/travelers/photographers taking images of “objects, colours, people or situations, cows, sadhus, women in their native dresses, poor people, poor children, poor people or children smiling, brightly coloured dresses, turbans, temples” saddens you. ( what about elephants and street dogs? ) Your description is why many people come to India and how the country is marketed to an international audience.Tourists love that kind of thing, ( not poverty of course ) and in my opinion so do many of the Indian people who have ran over to me and said, ” One photo please”, poor or not. Taking photographs of the exotic cultural differences is not sad to many, it is what many photographers do, so i wonder if you could describe in more detail why this makes you sad? People know there is more to India than landscapes and people, but they help to make India great, rich, what it is. Cultural differences are a contributing factor for an interesting world and photography often celebrates this, like art does.
      Many of my photographs of India do not include traditional symbols like the ones you describe, I photographed the Sikkim earthquake last September but WordPress did not press it.

      People will always photograph India in a typical way, as long as the typical exists. Like New York’s iconic structures and Rome’s Vatican. People will always be predictable, but if they are passionate and loyal to their practice i support that.

      Thank you for your explanation and for taking the time to look deeper. Try harder not to judge a banana by its peel.

      Best wishes and peace,

      Pinky

    • pinkybinks

      Thank you Bridget. It is crazy! 1st time it happened i was in India with no computer apart from an internet cafe. The owner of the cafe made lots of cash that day!!
      Congratulations back at ya!

  7. brainloess

    Love the photos! Where in India were they taken? I’m especially curious to know because ‘ll be studying in (and blogging about) India for the next few months.

    • pinkybinks

      They were taken in Gokarna on the south west coast. A place i stayed for eleven months. Soooo peaceful. I will look forward to reading your posts about your time in the mother land. Good luck.

  8. hear me out

    I absolutely love the one with the women in yellow saris! i’m glad i came across your work, its simple yet beautiful.
    youre very lucky to have seen and travelled to so many colourful places 🙂 love it.
    peace 🙂

  9. afrisk

    If this isn’t the best way to inspire a journey to India, I don’t know what is! Incredible. These give such great detail. Duly inspired to continue with Lomography!

  10. afrisk

    P.S. I wrote a post recently about my first go with the Diana F+ (bit.ly/UNKarI), do you have any quick tips? I’d really appreciate any feedback!

    Cheers!

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