The Disturbing Beauty Of Oversaturated Pictures and Lomography


Lomography” is a term quite unknown to most of us, but many practice it. The name was inspired and derived from the Russian “LOMO” cameras. Lomography not only refers to photographs taken with the LOMO camera, but can also apply to casual photography taken with any ordinary camera.

The characteristics of Lomo photographs are oversaturated colors, extreme optical distortions, rainbow-colored subjects, off-kilter exposure, blurring and alternative film processing, all things usually considered bad in photography. In short, Lomography is the act of taking photographs without thinking, and ignoring the established rules of “good” photography.

Just take your camera along with you anywhere and everywhere, and start taking photographs. Sometimes it will yield amazing and creative results. Because it often does, we have collected over 35 Beautiful Oversaturated Pictures (among other things Lomography, but also other techniques), from many amateur photographers.

The names and images below are all linked to their sources, so please feel free to check out some of the other works of these very talented photographers.

The Art Of Lomography

Julia Svetlova





Alex Nguyen

Bror Johansson





Daniel Go



Jordan Chark



Jessica Artiles


Alexandre Syrota




Jitariuc Alexandra

Cormac Phelan







Sigh Lens


David Brooks

joanne lee

Ron Lemise



Andrew Hefter

Photoshop Resources

Lomographer – Photoshop Action


Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make digital photographs look like Lomo photos.

More Inspiration

Further articles and related resources.

About the Author

Vailancio Rodrigues like to learn new things and share it with others. He loves working in creative field and is constantly improving his skills. You can follow Vailancio on Twitter.


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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

  1. 1

    Nice Collection Vailancio…..The whole idea of low-tech, analog photography is really appealing. inspiring me somehow!!

    Just a little correction though… when someone clicks on your twitter page link it leads to the page which doesn’t exist!.

    DKumar M.

  2. 2

    Great pictures, and a great style of photography.

    Been playing about with the effect using my iPhone, downloaded an app to transform my photos into ‘Helga’ (Similar to a Lomo, but different camera).

    Nothing amazing, but pleasently suprised with how cool they turned out (for phone photos at least)

    Aspire to get to those kind of photos though.. Did have an actual Helga myself – but it became costly getting the film developed and didn’t have the knowledge / time to do it myself. The multiple exposures really did give it something special though.

  3. 3

    Strangely compelling pictures. I love eyetwist

  4. 4

    The key to all this is FILM, not digital, FILM…

  5. 6

    Nice collection i never heard of lomo my self i like it!

  6. 7

    Great post.

  7. 8

    Love these – thanks!!

  8. 9

    Amazing pictures!

  9. 10

    One thing I remember from my art school days is how making mistakes or creating something unexpected can result in the best effect and final piece. This is an idea that I have rended to leave behind in my work as a webdesigner where everything is precise and thought through, I do though play around with the intensity of the contrast or brightness on the photographs I use. The photoshop tutorials look interesting, maybe I’ll get a chance to use them in the future.

  10. 11

    really nice set

  11. 12

    eye.catchy,sometimes disturbing,yet creative shots.

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    Matt Litherland

    April 20, 2009 6:24 am

    Nice article, interesting part about Lomography, Thanks.

  14. 15

    Very nice, some great textures being brought out!

  15. 16

    Honney Zimmerman

    April 20, 2009 8:38 am

    I’m a fan of this photographer who only uses a lomo camera. He’s a got a crazy website with literally THOUSANDS of lomography pictures. If you liked all these you should check his stuff out here ::

    Here’s what his website said (this is the RIGHT kind of lomography, right?) –
    “On Michael Elliot ::

    Michael Elliot is a photographer from Las Vegas, Nevada. Currently operating out of the heavenly Southern California where he has found an unending supply of new locations, people, and events to capture through his lens. His goal is to capture the obvious yet unseen – those moments where life is so in our face yet we fail to see the apparent dream-like nature of it all. To achieve this goal, all of Michael’s work is captured using a Lomo Kompakt Automat : a strange Russian film camera with communist-era origins. Michael uses 35mm film and prefers Kodak Professional Ultra Color 100 when working. “

  16. 17

    Call me a moaning old git, but the title is the definition of hyperbole.

  17. 18

    Great post! I can make through the rest of my work day now.
    Thanks SM…cheeers!

  18. 19

    Amazing pictures!

  19. 20

    LOMO Smiena Symbol was my first camera. :)

  20. 21

    Could you please add another RSS feed, with intros only, not the full articles? They are too heavy for my feed reader…

  21. 22

    Are you able to offer any of these images for publication on commercial sites? I can offer attribution and a back-link in exchange. I ask because I freelance graphics, web page design, web development, website hosting, plus the option of remote content management integrations for the client.

    Brian Schmitz

  22. 23

    Uno de los mejores posts de fotografía en SM.

  23. 24

    I’m a fan of non-photoshopped, low res photography. After all the lame HDR stuff recently this is very refreshing to see.

    Try cheap digital key ring cameras as well – it doesn’t have to be film, there’s loads of stuff on flickr featuring cameras like the VQ1005

  24. 25

    Thanks for including my photo among the wonderful photos here :)

  25. 26

    Great pictures. Hopefully I can hold on to this motivation to go out and use my Holga camera.

  26. 27

    Love the collection, however I wish SM would stop with the clichéd and corny adjectives in their titles… What once were STUPENDOUS words are now PREPOSTEROUS. (To Shane [post 16] : hyperbole INDEED!)

  27. 28

    Thank you very much for having one of my pictures here, I love SM, this is such an honour <3

  28. 29

    You ‘ve forgot me :-)
    The Lomographic Fonk
    I’ve been into Lomo for almost 8 years now.
    Nice collection btw, golfpunkgirl and Jelga I have met irl..

  29. 30

    The Kinod photographers really use these techniques well, they’re truly inspirational

  30. 31

    thanks for including my photos on here :)

  31. 32

    Nice one SM. I’ve been after a Diana Lomo camera for a while now, you’ve just made me want one even more.

    Guess I can survive on Pot Noodles for a couple of weeks next month…

  32. 33

    pilipinas reprezent!!!

  33. 34

    Beautiful! Thanks for putting these together. I would be thrilled if you could check out my photography project and give me your feedback. I’ve been told that the images convey the same look and feel as those above.

  34. 35

    just noticed that you included my photo here, so give thanks and i’m impressed of all the other lomo pictures here!

    greetings from germany!

  35. 36

    Though very nice pictures, most of them seem very carefully framed, and also heavily edited afterwards, so i don’t really think that the term lomo applies to all these pictures.
    I like ‘em though :)

  36. 37

    I hate to be picky but some of these photographs have been taken with dSLR cameras which isn’t really in the spirit of Lomo. That said there’s some great stuff here.

  37. 38

    Pictures taken with hi-tech dSLRs, quality camera lenses and processed in photosh*p look to good to be analogue ЛОМО. They are digital ЛОМО, different from original style


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