Here?s a way to loosen your grip on your mobile device and think outside the digital box: Get a real camera, load it up with real film and take enough surreal-looking photos to create your own LomoWall at home.
What?s a LomoWall, you ask? Head to the new Lomography store in Wicker Park and you?ll see that it?s an eye-boggling collage of photos taken with the company?s cheap and cultish cameras, which are built to capture anti-perfection, on-the-fly images that make everyday moments into artfully distorted memories.
The shop is sure to unleash the analog version of your inner Instagram-obsessed shutterbug, and the staff of devout ?Lomographers? will help you find the tools to start snapping away. (They also offer send-away film development.) If you?re into teeny-tiny versions of everything, pick up Lomography?s latest star, the miniscule Diana Baby 110 camera ($49; lens $20). Other classics include a fisheye camera and the Oktomat ($39), which splices every subject into eight frames.
If digital cameras force us to see a cut-and-dried world, the Lomo approach lets us squint and have a little fun.
Lomography, 1422 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 872-206-2253 or lomography.com