Merette's Philosophy: Analogue Cameras Instead of Purses

While some people buy purses, the lovely Merette, also known as A Chocolate Moose in the blog world, buys analogue cameras. She loves travelling and dangling her feet from high places. Read more and see her wonderful shots after the break.

Tell us something about yourself.*

Hi! I’m Merette, a 26 year old who lives with her cat Eek in The Hague, The Netherlands. In daily life I’m a community manager for an international online gaming company. My summers are usually pretty filled out with music festivals. I love to take my camera’s out when I can and I have a tendency to already plan the next trip when the last one I planned is still to come.

How/When did you begin taking pictures? What was your first camera?

I have been a lomographer since the summer of 2008. It started with a fisheye that was quickly followed by a Diana Mini. When lomo gave me an LC-A+ to document my rickshaw trip through India, I was a goner.

Describe your style in photography. What are your usual subjects and themes?

I love to shoot people I don’t know and that don’t know me. Especially when they don’t know the picture is being taken. You get the most ‘real’ shots. I wish I would do it a bit more though. Being a very amateur photographer I still get a bit shy about these things.

I’m a city girl. I live in the city and wouldn’t want it any other way. For me, there is just so much more to see and do. I love shooting old buildings and have a strange door fetish ;)

I love to travel and have been know to take a trip here and there. I prefer to travel off the beaten track. Like driving in a rickshaw to India or crossing the emptyness of the Sahara in an old Renault 21.

Amongst your numerous film photographs, which is your favourite?

After three weeks of driving the Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge (www.amsterdamdakar.com) we arrived in Lac Rose (Senegal). I decided to visit Dakar together with some other not completely tired challengers yet. The drive to Dakar was made in an old truck using the beach as a highway. Because of the bars of the truck blocking most of my view and the high speed we were driving in it was almost impossible to take any pictures. And then I saw a complete bed including nightstand just sitting there on the beach. So
I snapped and just hoped for the best. It was the last roll of film I scanned in after the trip. It turned out great. And the best part is that I’m sure that no one else on the same trip got that picture. It’s an
original!

If your photographs could have a soundtrack, what would it be?

I like different sort of music, depending on my mood.
The Honorary Title – Frame by Frame
Rod Steward – Every Picture Tells a Story
Goldfish – The Real Deal

We all have our idols; which photographers do you look up to? Who or what influences your photographic style?

Last year I saw Sally Mann’s The Family And The Land series in a museum. I was immediately taken by her pictures. The Family and the Land series focuses on her 3 children growing up on their farm in Virginia and portraits normal day to day life. Simple yet so beautiful! Shows you don’t have to go looking for outrageous subject to make beautiful pictures.

If you could take anyone’s portrait using film (living or dead), who would it be, which camera would you use, and why?

I would have loved to be able to take a portrait from my grandmother together with my mother using my Lubitel 2 with B&W film. Two generations of woman in one picture. Unfortunately my grandmother past away long before I got into photography.

Analogue vs. Digital. What makes analogue/film photography more special than digital?

It’s the thrill of not knowing how your pictures turn out. The amazement you get when you found that one picture has turned out to be extraordinary. In digital photography so much can be altered these days. For me analogue is more raw, real photography.

Do you own Lomography cameras? Which is your favourite? / Which Lomographic camera would you like to have and why?

I own quite a bit of Lomography cameras though my favorite is still the LC-A+. I can always count on it to deliver the best possible picture in the worst possible situation. I still dream about owning a Diana F+. I love medium format and this camera just sounds like one where the possibilities are endless.

A lot of people are into photography today. What would you say to them to
inspire them more?
*

Don’t be embarrassed to do what you love. I know you can feel self-conscious when photographing in public. But you will regret not taking a picture if you let your embarrassment get the best of you. Be proud! Photography is awesome.

Aside from A Chocolate Moose, do you have other creative online/offline projects? If none, what other creative pursuits do you wish you could explore?

In September, I’m hoping to start a film development course. I would love to learn how to develop my own film and dream of having a darkroom some day.

written by basterda on 2011-10-20 in #lifestyle #interviews #merette #a-chocolate-moose #bloggers #analogue #photographers

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