The Lomography philosophy can be most easily defined by their 10 Golden Rules:
1. Take your camera everywhere you go
2. Use it any time – day and night
3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it
4.Try the shot from the hip
5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible
6. Don't think (William Firebrace)
7. Be fast
8.You don't have to know beforehand what you captured on film
9. Afterwards either
10. Don't worry about any rules
I absolutely love this ethos - it takes photography back to its roots and forces you to, once again, experience the wonderful mystery of developing a film and having no clue how your shots will emerge.
While there is now a permanent place in my life for digital photography, I also want to make space for analogue. Having seen my first 'test' reels of film, I think its going to have to be quite a big space!
May 1st marks the beginning of Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere and this turn of the wheel is celebrated by the fire festival, Beltane.
A half turn of the wheel from Samhain (Hallowe'en, 31st October), this festival is its polar opposite in meaning as well as seasonal position. Where Samhain symbolises death, the end of harvest and the arrival of winter and the 'dark' months, Beltane is a fertility festival, celebrating life, the beginning of the harvest season and the arrival of summer - we are almost at the 'lightest' point of the year. For more information about the origins and meaning of the sabbat, read last year's Beltane post, here
While I am happy for people to borrow and post any images from this blog, it would be really, really, super-lovely if you could give Hearthwitch Cottage a mention or link back to the site if you do. Thanking you kindly!
Playing in the garden with the kitty
Home made bread with hearty soup
A freshly brewed pot of tea
Bubble baths by candlelight
Walking over fields and fords to the local corner shop
Cosy evenings with the radio and a game of scrabble