Mojave Mojo

Back from a long weekend outside of Kernville, CA; Stayed at a beautiful cabin on the edge of the Sequoia National Forest.  It was located 7 miles, and a twenty degree temperature difference , straight uphill from Wolford Heights.  Wanted to ride the whitewater even though the river isn’t that great this year but had our doggie with us and nowhere to stow her while we rafted – so next time!

To get there from here (San Diego) you need to drive across a large stretch of the Mojave. I wouldn’t want to live in the desert but I do love to drive through it. It feels like anything could happen and is full of interesting things to see.   If you haven’t been –  It’s not like the Lawrence of Arabia type desert with flowing sand dunes. It’s a rugged, harsh landscape; full of rocks, hills, hard packed sand, cacti, Joshua trees and scrub. Here are a few shots from my view….  For more of my work look here: MScott-Photography.com

You can NEVER have enough Cactus ….or gifts for that matter!

Could be Iraq!

Lomography – Art or Commerce?

Like so many things that are “re-discovered” Lomography which started out in Russia as inexpensive, unique, and charming is now huge, mass-produced (in China), and commercial. However, I admit I do love the feel of the photos produced with these mainly plastic, inexpensively produced, but super cute (!) cameras. I particularly like the videos. Maybe it’s because it calls up memories of my childhood but somehow it feels new and familiar all at once.  Whatever the reason I have decided to cautiously dip my toes in the Lomography waters…literally… with my first purchase of the Fisheye no 2 and underwater case. I was looking at a GoPro but decided this was a (slightly) cheaper more interesting option – for now.  I am also dying to buy a La Sardina or Diana but mainly for the looks! When thinking up marketing strategies I am the poster girl they are all thinking of.  Put it in a pretty, unique, or cute package and I will buy it eventually.  This time though I have wisely decided to wait and see what I think of this first camera before spending more money that could go toward digital lenses I want.  Stay tuned for my trials and errors in the coming weeks.

I am venturing down this road simply for the creative challenge and to stimulate a new/old way of thinking about what makes an interesting photo.  It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride as one minute I am thrilled with the new features and cameras, and in the next disgusted with the rise in prices, the number of societies and chat rooms, competitions and opinions! Something that was fun and simple now seems subject for enormous amounts of debate.  It also remains to be seen if I have the time and patience to actually “develop” film, scan negatives, and otherwise learn all the quirks and tricks necessary to produce interesting authentic Lomo images… I say authentic because great images can be produced with digital cameras and creative editing to give the feel of Lomography.  Is that cheating? Is it a valid art form as well? I would love to hear your opinions and experiences. If you are a “lomographer” what cameras are you using, what are your best tips and favorite film types? If you have not thought about trying Lomography-why?

The images here are all digital with “Lomography” editing…. Experimenting with the style until my camera shows up!  My site and gallery here: www.mscott-photography.com