Retro Splashes: The Diana World Tour

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One of the highlights of photographic culture in recent years has got to be the resurgence of lomography and its vintage aesthetic, both of which are exemplified by the iconic Diana cameras. Producing vignettes with retro splashes of colour, the plastic bodies of film have the capacity to make certain scenes appear much cooler than they actually are – and because they lack the realistic-to-the-pore element of digital cameras, they make people appear better looking, too. Plus, they’re pretty.

Naturally, we’re stoked that there is about to be an exhibition devoted fully to the awesomeness of Diana, which opens tonight at Blender Gallery. Complete with 100 vintage clone cameras from the 60s and 70s, a collection of Diana images PLUS an exhibition featuring 25 cameras customised by some of Australia and New Zealand’s most amazing artists and illustrators, there is a whole lot of lomographic goodness to feast on. The best part is of course that each of the 25 cameras is going to be auctioned off to raise money for charities seethroughme, a creative project for children in need, and World Child Cancer. Staying true to the theme, the exhibition will also feature a series of workshops so that people who own Dianas can know what to do with Dianas. Sydney creatives Kym Ellery, Shane Sakkeus and Greedy Hen (pictured below) contributed to the goodness, and the results speak for themselves. If you would like us to speak for the results, well… we like them very much.

The Diana World Tour exhibition opens tonight from 6pm to 8pm at Blender and runs until February 19.


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