In this new and on-going series we have selected some of the most enthusiastic film photography fanatics and asked them 5 simple questions that gives us an insight into their passion for all things analogue. We also get to see some of their own photographs. Today, we talk to Kevin Neal Meredith better known as Lomokev.
Name: Kevin Neal Meredith
Occupation: Photographer, Writer, Teacher
1. Tell us something about yourself?
I am a full time photographer but I don’t just spend my time shooting photos. A lot of my time is dedicated to passing on my knowledge of photography whether it is through teaching or the written word. I have been shooting since 1996, I got my 1st Lomo LCA in 1998 and have been carrying one ever since.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
I never saw a reason to stop as there are so many great film cameras out there that it would be a crime to stop. Also I don’t think there are any compact digital cameras in existence that I would call classic yet, so if you want a pocket sized camera it has to a 35mm film camera.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
I usually leave my house with 2x Lomo LCAs or LCA+s, one loaded with Lomography xpro Chrome 100 for cross processed pictures and one loaded with Kodak Portra 400 ASA VC for shooting my montage portraits (http://fragmentedportraits.tumblr.com). A new addition to my bag is a Lomo LC-Wide which I think is fantastic; you can read my possibly bias review here: lomokev, LCA+ Wide Review.
Sometimes I will also have an auto focus compact film camera on me either the classic Contax T2 or the more compact Olympus mju ii. When shooting with my Contax T2 or Olympus mju ii I use my little stock pile of refrigerated out of date Agfa Ultra.
Half the time I also carry a 5D mark 1 with a 24-70 canon L lens. The lens was pretty pricey but since I have had it I have not used anything else, it’s a great all-purpose lens. One of the advantages on only using one lens if that you don’t have to worry about sensor dust.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
I got so many tricks up my sleeve but this is the one that I am most evangelical about: Think about your background. It’s great having a really interesting a subject but a photo can easily be ruined by a distracting background. Unless what you are shooting changes rapidly just take your time and think about what is in your entire frame not just what you are focusing on.
5. What photographers influence your work?
There are a great number of photographers I am inspired by, so many that I recently gave a talk on my influences, you can see this at my Blog site.
Here are a few highlights: Frank Hurley for talking photography to the extremes at the beginning on the 20th century. He was the photographer that accompanied Ernest Shackleton on his doomed arctic voyage and it was his photos that helped make it such a famous expedition. I always really loved Martin Parr’s work; he should need no introduction, such an honest look into modern life. For the last 3 years I have been attending something called Phoot Camp with a bunch of other photographers, to many to mention here but we are super varied in what we do so that best way is to check their work on the Phoot Camp blog.