Creativity? fun, at least

I came across an interesting Gimp script which mimicks the “lomo effect” on your picture. You can get it from Just copy the gimplomo.scm file into your Gimp script folder, restart Gimp; you should find “Lomo…” in the Filters / Light and Shadow menu.

In case you wonder, Lomos are Russian cheap cameras that became famous for their pictures characteristics: huge vignetting, out of focus areas and funky color aberrations due to lens quality. Using Lomos for their image “features”, the lomographic society international defines these 10 golden rules:

  1. Take your camera wherever you go
  2. Use it anytime, day and night
  3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it
  4. Try the shot from the hip
  5. Approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible
  6. Don’t think (William Firebrace)
  7. Be fast
  8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film
  9. Afterward either
  10. Don’t worry about any rules

So I tried the “fake lomography” effect with the Gimp script using this image as a starting point:


I left all the cursors to their default (ticking “double vignetting” gave me an error) and ended up with the following result:


A (free-software) way to turn your top notch super-duper digital camera into a piece of cheap plastic. THAT, my friend, is art 🙂

And yes, I like the Lomo version better…

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