Lomography has come up with some very interesting concepts in the past few years. The company’s latest product combines a DIY approach with film photography and environmental consciousness. It’s LomoMod No.1, a combination of liquid-filled lens and a DIY medium format camera made for you to assemble it from scratch and get creative with it. I personally love this concept, so let’s see what you get and how you can use this little DIY film camera and the accompanying lens.
First of all, Lomomod doesn’t only require creativity in taking photos. It lets you be creative from the very start – while building your own camera. It’ made of sustainable cardboard “for a planet-conscious construction,” as Lomography explains. When you assemble your 120 format camera, you end up with a lightweight piece of DIY gear. And from there on, you can decorate it as you like and make it truly unique. You can add stickers, draw on it, decoupage it… Feel free to get creative. But first, here’s how to assemble it:
And now for the shooting part. This is another opportunity to experiment and get creative, and it’s where the liquid-filled lens comes to the scene. Lomography calls this Sutton’s lens “an invitation to experimentation,’ and this truly is the case. The lens has a reservoir you can fill with water and create a working lens (it reminded me of the ice lens Mathieu Stern built last year). But why stop at water? You can turn any translucent liquid into a lens and give your photos a tint of color. I might try shooting with beer. Why only develop a film with it?
Take a look at some creative images made with the LomoMod No.1 and different liquids in the lens:
The liquid-filled lens comes with the shutter and aperture module. This module comes with two modes: normal and a bulb, so you can also take long exposure photos. You also get customizable aperture plates if you want to get even more creative. Finally, the camera includes a tripod mount, PC-Sync, and a cable release socket.
The LomoMod No.1 certainly isn’t the fancy piece of gear you’ll use to take high-end fine art photos (although you can take some decent shots with it). But what I love about it that it brings out creativity on many different levels and lets you feel like a child playing with a new, cool toy.
If you’d like to buy a LomoMod No.1, it’s ready for preorders on Lomography’s website and costs €49 (around $55). A kit with a Lomochrome Purple 120 film and Potsdam Kino B&W 120 ISO 100 film cost €60.90 and €57.90 respectively. Shipping begins immediately in Hong Kong, and in early November for Europe, the USA, and Japan.