Ludlites Love Music - The world through a plastic lens v.8


The Ludlites Lo-fi Photography Collective aims to raise the profile of plastic lens and plastic camera photography in Australia. The collective includes high profile and established photographers, plus amateur photographers who work in alternative creative fields.

They all share a love of analogue, film based lo-tech photography and delight in the imperfections of plastic camera photography, as a response to the perfection of digital photography.

I met one of the "Luddies", Steven Godbee in London in 2007 at the Lomography World Congress and since then I've been followng his work and the exhibitons organised by the collective. 

The theme for this year's Ludites exhibition is "Ludites Love Music", which will exhibit photos inspired by song lyrics. There was a call for submission to take part in this exhibition and I'm glad to say my work was selected, (I guess you may call me a long distance Luddie). The exhibition will take place in Sydney, at the Bondi Pavilion Gallery from 15th May-23rd June, part of the prestigious Head On Photo Festival and Vivid Sydney.

It’s been said that ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. Sydney’s photographic collective, the Ludlites, has turned that idea on its head and created an exhibition of photographs where the words come first and become inspiration for the pictures – in this case not painted, but created in the old-school fashion, using film cameras.

In Ludlites Love Music, the group presents over 50 works that have been inspired by song lyrics.

On 18th May, the exhibition will be launched by Toby Creswell, music journalist, producer of the documentaries Great Australian Albums and Paul Kelly: Stories of Me, former editor of Rolling Stone and founding editor of Juice magazine. 

I wish I could be in Sydney for this. If you are in Sydney, please do go and check out this exhibition and say hello to the Ludlites.

Here's a selection of photos taking part in the exhibition, including links to the songs that inspired these photos. 

Candy Flu by Jessica Bee
Camera: Holga 135 with Colour Negative 800 ISO film
Lyric Inspiration: Candy Flu by The Walking Who


© Jessica Bee


I Love My Dog by Steven Godbee
Camera: Holga
Lyric Inspiration: I Love My Dog by Cat Stevens


© Steven Godbee


I Would Walk 500 Miles by Riaan Cilliers
Camera: Holga 120 with Kodak Pro160    
Lyric Inspiration: I Would Walk 500 Miles by The Proclaimers


© Riaan Cilliers


Love Letter to Japan by Alana Dimou
Camera: Holga with Kodak Ektachrome film
Lyric Inspiration: Love Letter To Japan by The Bird and The Bee


© Alana Dimou


Never Let Me Go by Yvette Worboys
Camera: Holga with Ektachrome 200 expired film
Lyric Inspiration: Never Let Me Go by Florence and the Machine


© Yvette Worboys


New York State of Mind by Alicia Mack
Camera: Holga with 120 (B&W) film
Lyric Inspiration: New York State of Mind by Billy Joel


© Alicia Mack


The Anchor Song by Hind Mezaina
Camera: Diana Mini
Lyric Inspiration: The Anchor Song by Bjork


© Hind Mezaina


Wheels by Vanessa Zoe Power  
Camera: SuperSampler with Colour Neg 100ISO 35mm film
Lyric Inspiration: Wheels by Flying Burrito Brothers


© Vanessa Zoe Power

The Ludlites: Patrick Boland, Heleana Genaus, Tim Gibbs, Steven Godbee, Tim Hixson, Peter Lang, Anika Luzemann, Wayne Maranda and Anthony McGovern

Guest photographers: Alana Dimou, Alex Craig, Alicia Mack, Bethany Schneiders, Brad Bennett, Bradley Shaw, Cameron Martin, Carolinna Lee, Craig Proudford, Daniel Grant, Elizabeth Wong, Elliot Swanson, Emma Vincent, Emma Young, Fi Tunnicliff, Gareth Jolly, Hind Mezaina, Hykie Kwong, Jessica Bee, Lisa Marshall, Lucas Brown, Melissa Dixon, Neda Vancovac, Rachael Willis, Riaan Cilliers, Simon Harrington, Stephen Crowfoot, Vanessa Power and Yvette Worboys. 

The Ludlites Love Music exhibiton includes photos inpired by music by artists including:

Sigur Rós, Tom Waits, Boy & Bear, Frank Sinatra, Röyksopp, Don McLean, You Am I, Cat Stevens, Iggy Pop, Björk, Radiohead, The Walking Who, David McComb, Jay-Z, Jes Hudak, Vicki Anderson, Velvet Underground, Alicia Keys, Jack Johnson, Ian Moss, Madonna, Billy Joel, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Cure, Xavier Rudd, Incubus, Split Enz, The Proclaimers and Flying Burrito Brothers.

Event Details
Dates: 15th May - 23rd June 2013, 10.00am-5.00pm
Venue: Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach, Sydney