He felt as if he would be shooting with film until they run out and if ever that day will come sooner than his death, then at least he could go on and live his life without any regrets, whatsoever! – This is what we call analogue love, all throughout!
Name: Nick Simpson-Deeks
Location: Melbourne, Australia (but soon to be New York!)
Number of years as a lomographer: 6
Number of years in the community: Nearly 6 in total, I think. (Although I pretty much disappeared for a
few of those.)
Share with us your most memorable experience in the Lomographic community.
Last year we got hit with some seriously bad ﬂooding up in Queensland, where a number of my friends and their families live. I was on a bus on the way to location for a tv show I work on, and I decided to kill time by checking my Lomography activity feed on my phone. There was a message from kylethefrench, which simply read: ”You safe and sound down there?" Now, this probably seems like a really small thing, but for me it was the ﬁrst time I realised that Lomography had become something more than just a place to check in with fellow analogue nerds and share pictures; that I actually had this great network of friends I’d never met from all over the world — people I’d actually come to care about. From that moment I’ve made more of an effort to be active in the community, and I’ve become more and more conﬁdent about sharing my personal experiences on the site.
Have you actually met people in the community that you now consider close friends? If yes, name at least one of them.
I haven’t met any Lomographers in Oz yet — there aren’t too many of us down here — but I had the great pleasure of meeting rake and satomi this year in New York and LA respectively. I love them both. Rake wrote an article about how lonely it could get being a Lomographer in NYC, so I told her I was on my way and would love to hang out; and satomi was working in the lab at the LA Gallery Store when I recognised her face on a ﬂyer, and the woman behind the counter said ”Oh, do you know her? I’ll go get her.” Some of the the ﬁrst images I remember seeing and liking on Lomography way back when I joined were satomi’s, so that was awesome. I also feel pretty close to others I haven’t yet met, but hope to: upic, pussylove, kylethefrench, natalieerachel, zoezo… I like to think that eskimofriend and I will stay up late one night sipping beers and solving the problems of the universe; and who doesn’t want to go on a LomoWalk with mephisto19? I once sent Stephan a drunken message intended for pussylove about how I lost my ﬂash at a party, and he just laughed at me and empathised. So maybe we could go to a party and lose our ﬂashes together. I’ve also told satomi and warning that if they go on a Lomo road trip next year, I’m their chaperone. They have no say in the matter.
Do you think you’’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?
I’ll be taking Lomographs until I die, or the world’s supply of films runs out – whichever comes first. Why? Because I can’t stop. Sometimes I wish I could. My bank account would certainly be healthier.
What is your favourite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences while using this camera?
My Holga has been with me from the very beginning and it’s still my favourite. That thing has been across deserts, up mountains, dropped, modified, held out of the windows of speeding cars and even a bi-plane and it still gives me amazing pictures nearly every time. On a camping trip this year I dropped it in a river, during a torrential downpour, and still put four rolls through it while it was waterlogged (including two rolls of 35). They all came out beautifully.
Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?
Shoot what makes you happy. Shoot the things you love. No moment is trivial, because every moment is unique. For this reason, there is really no such thing as a bad photograph – the ‘better’ ones just resonate a little stronger. Most importantly, be inspired by your fellow Lomographers on this website. People are doing amazing things here all the time – get involved. And don’t be discouraged by a bad roll. I’ve been shooting film for 6 years and I still get it wrong more than I should probably admit.
They are the ones whose passion transcends not only by what they do and say, but also with what they see and capture with their film cameras. And with such attributes aforementioned, they are what we call LomoGurus! Every week, we get to ask questions and reveal some insights with the most talented and productive of all Lomographers from the community!