Film Photography Podcast Listeners MEET-UP in NYC!
The first Film Photography Podcast (FPP) meet-up was held in New York City on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Grey skies and wind didn’t stop avid FPPers and FPP founder and host Michael Raso (That's me!) from coming out to meet and get to know each other.
Meet-Up organizer Dan Domme along with Michael Calleia and Mat Marrash mapped a walking route from 23rd Steet to Canal that included stops at Lomography Store, Leica Gallery and The Impossible Project. The day ended at Impossible where the enthusiastic group posed for an 8x10 portrait shot on Mat Marrash’s Eastman Commercial B camera.
LOMOGRAPHY: What is it?
Lomography is a Magazine, a Shop, and a Community dedicated to analogue photography.
It began with a fateful encounter in the early 1990s, when two students in Vienna, Austria, stumbled upon the Lomo Kompakt Automat – a small, enigmatic Russian camera. Mindlessly taking shots from the hip, and sometimes looking through the viewfinder, they were astounded with the mindblowing photos that it produced – the colours were vibrant, with deep saturation and vignettes that framed the shot – it was nothing like they had seen before! Upon returning home, friends wanted their own Lomo LC-A, igniting a new style of artistic experimental photography that we now know as Lomography!
The group stopped briefly at the Leica Gallery where I shot a portrait of group member Jordan Starr. (I didn’t know photography wasn’t allowed until a guard quietly murmered to me “No photography in the gallery.”)
Last stop – The Impossible Project on Broadway at Canal Street. The Impossible Project is responsible for manufacturing brand new film for vintage Polaroid cameras. Impossible guy Frank Love and staff gave us their full attention as “FPP Mat” set up his 8x10 camera for our group shot.
A terrific day. Amazing thanks to the kind folks at Lomography, The Impossible Project, Dan Domme, Mat Marrash, Michael Calleia and the FPP listeners who attended. FPP listener support has been overwhelming in 2011. I’m looking forward to future meet-ups!
Photos by Michael Raso / Copyright 2011 Film Photography Project