Join the Lomographers' Print Exchange


Lomographer @systemdevice spearheads a totally analogue project that aims to bring back the lost art of snail mail. Discover how you can participate and connect with fellow Community members from around the world!

There is nothing original about this project. Mail art and print exchange have been out there for decades but there wasn't a one here in our Community. So I said, "Let's do this!"
My pitch was simple: I would print a postcard size photo (4x6 in), stick a stamp to it, write your address and a message on the back, and send it to you. After you received it, it would be your turn to send one. The purpose of this project would be to bring back the analogue type of messaging (in our case through postcards), to print photos (because photography was meant to be on print from the beginning) and to establish stronger bonds between the members of this Lomography Community.

Credits: systemdevice

After writing messages about this potential project to more than 200 lomographers, the replies quickly started to arrive in my inbox:

"Sounds like a whole lot of fun!" - @lizkoppert, New Zealand
"I love to send postcards and I find this is a really nice and personal way to do it." - @crazy_little_red_riding_hood, Italy
"I love the idea, it's so friendly-opened, sharing and connecting people. I am in!" - @liveloula, Serbia
Credits: charliedontsurf, systemdevice, and richardhall

The feedback I got was extremely positive and the number of people who joined the project so far exceeded my expectations. 65 participants in just 14 days! In the first message I sent to my fellow lomographers I was trying to explain the project as best as I could so I would persuade them to join this. But, there are awesome people here at Lomography Community who understood the project immediately and described it better than I did.

"This project feels magical to me in the sense that it allows for forging unusual links, interacting with the world differently: we offer a small piece of our being that will meet another being, creating in this way a little spark of sensations. It’s truly magical!" - @helhorn, France
"The world needs more friendship and exchanges these days and it is always nice to have something in my mailbox." - @troch, Canada
"I absolutely like this idea of connecting the enthusiasm for photography and to get in contact in an authentic-analogue way." - @novalee, Germany

After just a few days, I created a list of the lomographers who joined the project and shared this list among them. They immediately started writing each other and exchanging prints.

"I'm checking my mailbox every day, I'm like a child before Christmas." - @jakkr, Czech Republic
"I'm so happy to start this adventure. I hope to see many different postcards from many different backgrounds!" - @ellie97, Italy
Credits: systemdevice and captainfantastic

Each of us will soon have a pile of postcards printed on different paper, with different stamps, hand writings, postmarks, photos, and stories. We will keep them in an album and browse them once in a while or build our own Lomographers' Print Exchange LomoWall!

Credits: systemdevice

The only rules of the Lomographers' Print Exchange are simple:

  • The photos have to be personal photos, shot by yourself.
  • The photos have to be shot with a film camera (no digital).
  • The photos have to be sent as a postcard (not in an envelope) for the aesthetic purpose.

Here are some guidelines:

  • As soon as you join and you are included on the list you'll have to write to each other to ask for the delivery address of the postcard.
  • Please don't wait for the others to contact you. We are all Lomo-friends here. It's our project. WE make it happen. So don't be shy.
  • The project is growing fast, more people are joining everyday, and although it would be extremely nice that everybody would exchange prints with everybody, this is not mandatory. It's your choice whom you'll exchange prints with. You are the only one who knows how to handle your spare time and budget.
  • You can exchange as many postcards as you want with one person. There is no limit of cards per year. With time, you'll see that you will exchange one card per year with one, but 10 cards with another. This is an awesome thing about this project: it will build friendships.
  • You can print your photos at a local lab or at home with your printer from digital scans. It is not mandatory to print your photos the analog way with an enlarger.

Here is how Lomographers' Print Exchange world map looks like so far. Let's fill this map!

Join us and drop me a line at @systemdevice to include you in the project's members list!

(By joining Lomographers' Print Exchange you agree that your LomoHome will included on the list so the other members could contact you for the print exchange. Don't worry, there will be no personal details on this list, no real name, no address.)

écrit par systemdevice le 2018-08-24 dans #lomographers-print-exchange

41 commentaires

  1. richardhall
    richardhall ·

    This is a lovely project - thanks @systemdevice!

  2. gheinz
    gheinz ·

    Great project. Already 8 postcards sent...

  3. metaluna
    metaluna ·

    You have put a new spin on being part of the Lomo community. I am so happy to be a part of the exchange. I have sent out 46 postcard and have received 25 so far. Thanks @systemdevice

  4. troch
    troch ·

    A huge round of applause for @systemdevice for bringing this idea to our community and for all of his work maintaining the list. And cheers to the community for jumping in with both feet. We are all better when we reach out to others. It has been great fun trying to match postcard images with all of you!!

  5. mimi8909
    mimi8909 ·

    This great project brings me happiness, fun, stimulaion,etc,etc.Thank you to systemdevice and all the members of this project🤗

  6. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    @systemdevice As a radio amateur (OM) I share many QSL card with people. So I'm happy to join this nice project! I'm in! Lomo On!

  7. systemdevice
    systemdevice ·

    Thank you for your appreciation, you all! I am thrilled you enjoy this project!
    @metaluna Wow, Marc, you totally got into it! Congrats! Make sure to photograph your postcard collection with an analog camera and show it to us here on your LomoHome! :D

  8. metaluna
    metaluna ·

    @systemdevice Will you continue to update the list as you get more members?
    Thanks Marc

  9. systemdevice
    systemdevice ·

    Of course, that's my job. The list will be updated daily. :)

  10. rolfmg
    rolfmg ·

    Thanks - great project. I am excited everyday when opening the letter box! (-;

  11. smolda
    smolda ·

    Lovely project! :) Can't wait to get/send more postcards. <3

  12. jaunman
    jaunman ·

    Nice one!

  13. daisukekume
    daisukekume ·

    I would like to take part in this project !!

  14. daisukekume
    daisukekume ·

    I would like to take part in this project !!

  15. icequeenubia
    icequeenubia ·

    Thank you for organizing this! :)

  16. icequeenubia
    icequeenubia ·

    Thank you for organizing this! :)

  17. stratski
    stratski ·

    @systemdevice What a great project! I would love to take part!

  18. alfus
    alfus ·

    How can I join the project?

  19. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @lomonina not yet =) Have no money now for shipping T_T

  20. icequeenubia
    icequeenubia ·

    @alfus Just send a message to @systemdevice. :)

  21. tomczykd
    tomczykd ·

    I'm happy to be part of this project! I think that this is just the beginning of other analog projects between us! Just go ahead! Let's do this!

  22. tomczykd
    tomczykd ·

    I have sent out 64 postcard and have received 33 so far. Thanks @systemdevice

  23. yankeemiss
    yankeemiss ·

    I would like to join this project, but can't find a place to insert my details to get on the list.

  24. systemdevice
    systemdevice ·

    Great job, @tomczykd! YANKEEMISS, you have a private message from me.

  25. cmart
    cmart ·

    Awesome idea.

  26. cmart
    cmart ·

    Awesome idea.

  27. b2377
    b2377 ·

    If anyone who reads this wants a print, hit me up. I have a lot to choose from, and I take requests, so if there's a specific image you want, let me know. I love this idea!

  28. crosschannel
    crosschannel ·

    A great revival of an older project ! Thanks, Marian , for doing this. It takes Lomography a step further, a more personal touch. My album is filling up with evidence tat neither analogue photography nor handwritten messages are gone ;-)

  29. metaluna
    metaluna ·

    This is a wonderful project. I find myself getting closer to many of my Lomo friends. I have received 40 postcards to date. Thanks Marian.

  30. memecordova
    memecordova ·

    Hy i wanna Join the Exchange !!!

  31. pinkfallingstars
    pinkfallingstars ·

    How do I join? x

  32. davidobryan
    davidobryan ·

    Is it too late to join up?

  33. lucky28
    lucky28 ·

    Hi everyone! Such a great project. I'd also like to join. :) Thanks!

  34. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    I'm always IN!

  35. _boris
    _boris ·

    I'd be glad to join this nice project, very glad.

  36. stereograph
    stereograph ·

    @lomo_analogue_film just send @systemdevice a PN

  37. stereograph
    stereograph ·

    My first run of prints is out in the world!
    i got three cards back yet, more to come.
    Thanks a lot to @systemdevice for running this!
    Yesterday i printed my second batch,
    First one from my brand new installed Darkroom!
    Who wants one? :-)

  38. acrom
    acrom ·

    Is it OK when the prints are made from scanned negatives (or slidefilm) printed on photoprinter? Or has it also to be projected from negatives on photopaper? I have a photoprinter and lots of quality photo paper for it...

  39. icequeenubia
    icequeenubia ·

    @acrom I received photos printed on photopaper. Though the post office where I am from won't accept them as postcards, so I guess it depends!

  40. ruido
    ruido ·

    This is an extraordinary proposal! I feel so thrilled, wanna start right now! Thanks for making it possible

  41. leisuresuit
    leisuresuit ·

    I want to exchange photos!

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