He’s fond of taking his Lomo camera with him whenever he sets out at some place and has a habit of whipping it out each time when he thinks there’s something he ought to take a picture of – especially if Bob is in sight!
Name: Jacob Woods-Maher
Location: United Kingdom
Camera Shelf: Diana F+, Click-1 (Old German plastic analogue), Original Lubitel 166b, Homemade Tin can Pinhole nicknamed TC-1.
How did you find out about the community and who/what convinced you to join?
A close friend of mine (Richard Legg) is a keen analogue photographer. He owns a Holga and a Diana F+. Seeing the photos he could take with these cameras, I couldn’t help but get involved.
Is there anyone in the Lomographic Society you look up to? If yes, who is him/her and why?
I co-founded the Have you seen Bob? photographic project and the Lomo-community has been our staunchest pillar of support. There are too many great Lomographers for me to name individually here (although Jorge Sato, Hakimbo Hakim, Anna Zachou, Kostya Shpak spring to mind!) I’ve been consistently amazed by the creativity, passion and sense of fun present in the Lomo-world.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
I try to apply the first rule and take a camera with me everywhere I go. Although this doesn’t always go to plan!! Sometimes I get odd looks at the London Underground or at a dinner party when I whip out my Diana because I’ve seen something I just have to photograph. It’s the last rule that I like the most however (Don’t worry about any rules).
When using a Lomography camera things rarely go exactly to plan, so don’t make too many, experiment, have fun and relish the freedom.
In this digital age, why still film?
I’m not dead set against digital photography; it has its place and can produce some wonderful images. But the reason I still use film harks back to the “no rules” principle I talked about earlier. Film feels more physical, it’s a process, you let light into your little box and through some alchemical magic what you do, be it double, triple, long exposure… it is all transferred into a material object: the film. This all happens in real not digital space, light leak, weird light bending, strange things happen to your best laid, or non-existent, plans. And that’s brilliant! I’m not saying there’s no control in analogue photography, just that often the raw material nature of the process lends the whole experience an altogether more real yet simultaneously dreamlike quality.
Share your current favorite Lomograph (could be yours or a friend’s) and explain why it is your favorite.
I love this Photograph by Jorge Sato. It was one of the earliest submissions to the “Have you seen Bob?” project so it has a hint of nostalgia for me. The image is quite simple, just a split double exposure of Bob overlooking a highway in Sao Paulo. It’s crisp and hazy with a lovely sense of colour and motion. Hats off to you, Jorge!
Newbie, rookie, neophyte or whatever you call them, our new breed of the ever-growing band of Lomographers are set to conquer the analogue land with their brand new hip-shooting abilities! And this is where we feature them along with their wistful thoughts and the freshest snaps each week!