LomoAmigo Charlie Wagers Shoots with the Diana F+

1

Well-known Graphic Designer Charlie Wagers takes on analogue photography with the Diana F+! Check out his gallery and his interview after the jump!

Name: Charlie Wagers
City: Akron, OH
Country: USA

How long have you been a Lomographer?

I took the plunge in 2008, just before graduating with my BFA. I got a Diana F+ & a Green Holga at the same time. I’ve since picked up some vintage cameras, and plenty of little accessories to add to the experience.

What do you love most about the Diana F+?

When I first took the camera out of its box, I could not believe how small it was! Without the flash, the camera has hardly any weight to it at all. I love how effortless it is to take with me. The main thing that sets it apart from similar cameras is the interchangeable lenses (I have quite a few) and the array of add-ons that allow for additional experimentation. I also use the Instant-Back for some polaroid’esque goodness.

Describe the Diana F+ in 5 words.
Tiny little dream world capturer.

What inspires you the most when taking pictures?

My surroundings. Every good photo I have ever taken is because I had a camera when I looked up and saw something worth photographing. Luckily, I find myself in a lot of different places; between traveling and touring, I can find new, interesting settings to take pictures.

How would you describe your style as a photographer?

I’ve never taken a single class in photography, so it feels misleading to call myself a ‘photographer’. But, if I had to define the style of my photographs, I’d like to think that my photos take on one-of-two styles. The first being a simple, candid shot: probably of one of my friends, a document of a moment in life. The other being more conceptual: something that I’ve seen, and framed a composition in the viewfinder (probably using too much thought – or maybe not enough), despite the notorious in-accuracy of a viewfinder. I love to do multiple exposures; as it makes the photo increasingly un-predictable. I also experiment with light leaks by opening the back of the camera, or slightly un-raveling the film spools.

How does Lomography fit in your life as a graphic designer? How does it sneak into your work?

Needless to say, I’m pretty particular about visual aesthetic. And when it comes to documenting my life, I’d rather have something more memorable than plain digital photos.

But my main interest in Lomography started with the desire to utilize this style of photos within my work. At the time, most of my work was illustration-based, and I wanted to expand my palette. I’ve used some of my pictures on album-covers, posters, and just about anything else where they seem fit.

How does it fit into my life? It fits nicely inside my bag, that I carry everywhere. Can’t forget the #1 Golden Rule, “Take your camera everywhere you go.” I must have one of my cameras on me at all times; otherwise I’ll miss a photo opp. So I guess this also applies the third rule; “Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.”

How did Three Bears Design start out? Why’d you name it Three Bears?

Three Bears Design started out as three artistic friends, and it made sense for us all to combine forces. The ‘three’ part seemed obvious, and the rest can be credited to our obsession with animals, especially using illustrative ones, within our work. Bears seemed to uphold the level of awesomeness we hoped to promote. At the time, we all lived in Northeast Ohio, but have since re-located across the country, and also expanded to more than 3.

What’s the best thing about using a film camera?

It’s unpredictable! I can remember before digital cameras were popular, and snapping away with a cheap 35mm camera. There’s great excitement in waiting for see your negatives developed.

If you could take photos anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’m going to have to say Iceland. I’ve never been, so maybe I’m idealizing it, (or maybe it’s my obsession with Sigur Rós) but I the landscapes are beautiful. I’d love to take some pinhole photos of the wide, dreamy scenery. That being said: there’s no substitute for taking photos in NYC & Brooklyn. It’s hard to take a bad picture at Coney Island.

If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be?

Everything Trying – Damien Jurado
God Bless Our Dead Marines – Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Sæglópur – Sigur Rós

What tips can you give Diana F+ users?

Try a high-speed film. I rarely ever use anything less than 400 speed films. I know that eliminates a lot of films to use, but when using the “N” setting, even the slightest overcast can result in under-exposure. I also don’t try much for indoor photos – but we should all spend more time outside, right?
Also, the basics: take your camera everywhere. The Diana F+ is light & compact, so it’s not difficult. You’ll always regret when you don’t have it with you, always.

The Diana F+ is a new twist on the ‘60s classic cult camera. Famous for its dreamy and soft-focused images, the Diana F+ is now packed with extra features such as panorama and pinhole capabilities. Available in our Online Shop.

written by mmoya on 2011-11-07 in #people #lomoamigos #lomoamigo #wagers #amigo #graphic-design #lomography #charlie

One Comment

  1. sweetoblivion
    sweetoblivion ·

    My favourite LomoAmigo yet! Love his pics :) This has also inspired me to make more use of my Diana F+!

More Interesting Articles

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Fashion Photographer Joe Prileszky

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-09-03 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Fashion Photographer Joe Prileszky

    Joe Prileszky is a 21-year-old fashion and portrait photographer based in London. He jumped at the opportunity to shoot with the New Petzval Lens and absolutely went to town with it! Check out our exclusive interview with Joe and his Petzval shots after the jump.

  • Lomo'Instant LomoAmigo: S.F. Said

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-02-09 in #people #lomoamigos
    Lomo'Instant LomoAmigo: S.F. Said

    London-based children's writer and photographer S.F. Said is also an avid fan of instant photography. He talks about his work, as well as his experience with the Lomo'Instant, in this exclusive interview.

    2
  • LomoAmigo: Paul White

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-04-20 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Paul White

    Paul White is a South East London-based hip-hop producer with tons of energy and a penchant for film photography. He recently released his fifth album on the mighty R&S label. We decided to arm him with a Sprocket Rocket to shoot his adventures with. Read the full interview and see his images here.

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Nighttime Petzval Shots by Juno Chen

    written by sanamiii on 2014-12-09 in #world #locations
    Nighttime Petzval Shots by Juno Chen

    Juno Chen is a student and photography enthusiast from California who captured stunning views of HongKong recently. Check out our interview with Juno and his amazing Petzval night shots after the jump.

  • Lomo'Instant LomoAmigo: Fivi Lai

    written by sanamiii on 2014-11-18 in #people #lomoamigos
    Lomo'Instant LomoAmigo: Fivi Lai

    The world's most creative instant camera – the Lomo'Instant — is now available at both Lomography Online stores & Gallery Stores worldwide! Lomography Hong Kong has invited a few popular locals to try this instant camera, and one of them is fashion and graphic designer Fivi Lai. Fivi answers a few questions in this exclusive interview, and shares quite a few of her creative instant snaps taken with the Lomo’Instant.

  • Lomo'instant LomoAmigo: Martin Smith

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-02-17 in #people #news #lifestyle #locations #lomoamigos
    Lomo'instant LomoAmigo: Martin Smith

    Martin Smith is a London based film photography fan who was one of the first people to receive the Lomo'instant from the Kickstarter Campaign. Since then he's been avidly shooting around town. Martin chatted to us about his love for instant photography and showed us some of his excellent shots. Read on for the full interview.

    1
  • Shop News

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    Satisfy your hunger for creative snap-shooting with this lens package made especially for Micro 4/3 digital cameras! Don't miss the 20% discount!

  • LomoAmigo: Russell Darling

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-03-18 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Russell Darling

    Russell Darling is one of our Lomography UK regulars. He is a big part of our community of film fanatics and regularly joins our workshops and events. In this interview, we asked him about his experience shooting with the Lomo LC-A 120, as well as his work as visual effects practitioner for films such as "Star Wars," "Twilight," and "Godzilla."

  • LomoAmigos: Lily and Madeleine

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-27 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigos: Lily and Madeleine

    Lily & Madeleine are sisters from Indianapolis who have charmed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with their heavenly harmonies. They are just about to release their new album titled "Fumes." Lomography caught up with them on a recent trip to the United Kingdom and gave them each a La Sardina camera to shoot with. Meet them after the jump.

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Dale McCready

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-02-18 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Dale McCready

    Dale McCready is a cinematographer working in the film/ TV industry and has worked on programmes such as Doctor Who and Merlin. He was one of our supporters for the Petzval Kickstarter campaign and recently used the lens to film for a new BBC drama, which is due out in March. Dale kindly shared some of his Petzval photographs with us and talked about his love for this lens. Read on for the full interview.

  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Lomokev

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-11-06 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Lomokev

    By now most of you would have heard of Lomokev, one of the UK's most prolific film photographers. Based in Brighton, Lomokev loves to shoot with the trusty LC-A and his work has been featured in numerous publications and projects. Here's an exclusive interview, along with a several fantastic shots by the talented UK-based photographer.

    4
  • Dustin Tebbutt Shoots with the Fisheye No. 2

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-07-15 in #people #lomoamigos #videos
    Dustin Tebbutt Shoots with the Fisheye No. 2

    Musician and record producer Dustin Tebbutt left sunny Australia and relocated to Sweden for two years. This experience had a significant influence on his musical style, resulting a delicious blend folk and indie-pop. Armed with the Fisheye no. 2, our newest LomAmigo went on a city trip and captured his moments on film. Check out his gallery along with his interview.

  • Going Post Tropical with our LomoAmigo James Vincent McMorrow and the La Sardina

    written by tomas_bates on 2014-09-23 in #people #lomoamigos
    Going Post Tropical with our LomoAmigo James Vincent McMorrow and the La Sardina

    It's a huge pleasure to introduce our latest LomoAmigo, the fantastically gifted musician James Vincent McMorrow. This year, James launched his new album 'Post Tropical' and we couldn't wait to put a La Sardina camera in hands to play with for the Summer. He took the camera with him on his tour and snapped some truly cool shots. Check them out and read our interview with James below!