It may not be the strangest sight that Nelson has descried from his perch this year, but the Lomography London Lomowall in Trafalgar Square would no doubt raise an inquisitive eyebrow from the good Admiral.
Part of this year's London Design Festival, the Lomowall consists of hundreds of thousands of photos, taken with the cult Lomo camera, stuck onto plasterboard and arranged in a 350 metre long maze across the Square. The snaps have been submitted by local Lomographers as well as people from across the globe, and are arranged by colour and aesthetic appeal rather than subject. Wandering around the maze is like living inside a Viewmaster of random strangers' holiday pics. Weather permitting, it's a perfect spot for a surreal game of hide-and-seek.
For those not yet bitten by the cult of Lomography: the craze started in the mid-Nineties, when the Lomo, a long-forgotten Soviet-era 35mm compact with a pin-sharp lens, found a renaissance amongst a group of hipster art students in Vienna. Fast forward ten years, and the low-key, grainy and often unpredictable results the Lomo produces have found a clever niche amidst the seemingly unstoppable digital camera revolution.
The Lomowall is up until Sunday, and the Lomographic Society are holding a number of events over the weekend, including the Final Presentation of the wall and a Big Party on Saturday evening to round things off. If you go, Londonist recommends you take a camera – because there's nowt so postmodern as folk taking pictures of pictures.
Lomography London Lomowall is at Trafalgar Square until Sunday 23rd September. For a programme of events, visit the Lomography World Congress website.
By Dean Nicholas
Image courtsey of Gafferbee's Flickrstream.