On February 18, LA Taco hosted their first photo show at the Lomography Gallery Store in West Hollywood. The show premise was divinely simple: Lomography and LA Taco partnered up and armed 5 LA photographers with a Lomography LC-A equipped with a Fritz the Blitz flash and asked them to shoot anything they pleased. The result was an interesting and unaltered look of the streets of Los Angeles through film cameras.
The show included the work of 5 photographers: Reserve Result, Erwin Recinos, Tom Andrews, Brandon Shigeta and Warholian’s own Birdman. LA Taco picked these five photographers because they best embodied the LA Taco’s mentality of hitting the streets and experiencing what the city has to offer. The photographers’ ability to embrace this lifestyle is evident in the array of images documenting the streets of LA. Each shot was uniquely different but possessed the warm and authentic feel that only film cameras can produce.
For a few of the photographers, shooting with film was a whole new experience. “It was a challenge to figure out how to adapt from digital to film,” commented Birdman. “I felt like every shot I took should be treated delicately and with precision since what I saw in the viewfinder, wasn’t what I was shooting. Overall it was a great experience learning more about photography with a different type of camera.”
In addition to the photos on the wall, Septerhed and Destroy all Design came out and created individual live paintings while House Shoes provided music for the crowded store. The show’s unique premise and relaxed vibe has me anticipating LA Taco’s next event.
– written by Keisha Raines with photos by Birdman for Warholian
For more of Birdman’s photography visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdmanphotos/sets/
For more on LA Taco visit: http://www.lataco.com/
Check out Lomography Gallery here: http://microsites.lomography.com/stores/gallery-stores/losangeles