Vicuna, or Stéphane Heinz as he is also known as, recognises that people are not always that keen on posing for your photographic encounters. "With the Lubitel+ it’s different" he says, "as by looking down into the viewfinder instead of establishing eye contact through your viewfinder your subjects become more relaxed".
1. How long have you been a Lomographer? How did you get into it?
I’m a lomographer for almost 5 years now. In the spring of 2004 I was browsing on the internet when I discovered a review of Fred Lebain’s book “My Holidays with Holga”. I was so amazed about the pictures I saw that I immediately bought a Holga. I was already involved in analogue photography for over 10 years at the moment, but feeled really bored by the classical schemes of it, had no more inspiration and wanted something new… Holga saved my photographic life!! But it was only 2006 that I discovered the website of lomography.com (I was a lomographer for the 2 past years but didn’t knew it, ha ha… ;) and opened my lomohome and then…. I was quickly totally Lomo-addicted, bought a lot of cameras and today, I can’t imagine my life without lomography!
2. Write a Lubitel acrostic (each letter in Lubitel spells out a new word)
Love Unique Beauty Imagination True Emotion Lubitel love
3. The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had.
There are often funny encounters/situations when you’re out for shooting with a lomographic camera (where’s the screen behind the camera for viewing the shot, does this thing make pictures?, etc…) but the greatest lomographic and human experience I had with my cameras was on a trip to Burkina Faso, in Africa, at the end of 2008. The people and all the kids I met there where so sincere, friendly and offered all they had: they allowed me without any problem to take pictures of them, and the kids where asking more then once to be on the pictures! The whole series of portraits I made are so emotionally rich, so human, because the people (and specially the kids) were simply themselves, without hiding something, they didn’t try to look like different of what they were. And that’s one of the best photographic/human experience I had the chance to live.