Lil Ashton, aka ashdinosaur, hails from Wimbledon, London and is one of Lomography Magazine's new regular writers. Know more about her upcoming series, featuring analogue photographs in animation, after the break.
Lil has always been enthusiastically enamoured with all things creative and expressive and art has become an integral part of her life. She studied Fine Arts at Wimbledon College in 2009 and 2010 where she learned to embrace mistakes and the unpredictable nature of art, to love getting lost in the endless analytical web of conceptual art, and to appreciate art-making as a communal endeavour between human beings.
“These attitudes of actively encouraging and embracing unpredictability went hand in hand with film photography, which I dived into somewhere around the beginning of art college. I found that there was a level of visceral satisfaction with film photography that was lacking in its digital counterpart. I loved the noises of film cameras, the winding and the clicking. I loved the grain and the physicality. I did not love having to deal with Tesco photo lab staff who looked and sounded as if they’d rather be eaten by lions than develop my photos, but nevertheless, 35mm film and I became happy companions. My Fisheye No. 2 and I went everywhere together, and continue to do so now.”
For a long time, Lil has been passionate about writing. She concentrated largely on poems and short fiction for years, but Lomography has been a considerable inspiration in terms of a journalistic-style of output. To her, the community-based article system on Lomography.com is a wonderful thing. “It provides the users with inspiration and motivation to write,” Lil adds.
This brings Lil swiftly to her brand new series. Animated Analogues intends to explore her daily life. According to her, “It will be essentially a photographic diary, an exploration of me, my home, my friends, family, activities, local scenery, etc. But all of this sounds perfectly normal, right? Well, as the series title suggests, these pictures will have another layer of depth, because they will be animated. Somewhere between still photography and moving film lies the world of the animated gif — a sort of elaboration on the photograph, if used correctly it can become more intense than a still image.” Snippets of her life will be beamed to the Lomographic community in limited and repeating movements: historical and personal time lapses.
“I have experimented briefly with animations like this before, but I hope that this project will be an inspiring leap into the medium, like a leap into a cold swimming pool. I intend to make monthly updates on the series, and I hope that it will inspire others to animate too, and share their animated lives with others.”
The international Magazine team of Lomography is currently looking for dedicated writers who are interested in contributing articles (to any section) on a regular basis. Eager and interested? Read this call-out article and we’ll be waiting for your emails!