Bravebird and her LomoDiary


A globe trotter and Lomo lover rolled into one, Ute’s occurrences in life are all preserved and embedded forever in celluloid film.

Credits: bravebird

Name: Ute Kranz
Location: Cologne, Germany

Kindly relate to us any memorable experience, whether happy or sad, you’ve had in relation to Lomography. Did Lomography play any significant part in your life that it actually changed it?

I just got back from my trip to Indonesia and I proudly congratulate my LC-A+ to 100,000 traveled miles! That means it went approximately three times around the world through amazing places like the hot Arabian desert, the colds of Siberia, the mountains of Himalaya, the steppe of Mongolia, the holy Ganges in India and several tropical coasts in Asia and Latin America.

For 1 ½ years the LC-A+ is – next to other Lomographic cameras – my trusted companion whilst travelling and she succeeded that the digital camera stays more and more in its bag. Especially doubles changed significantly my view and way of taking pictures. The wide range of options, such as films and lenses (negative or slide, regular or cross processed development, regular or wide angle lens, splitzer) makes digital photography almost a bit boring.

Not only using the camera when I see something different or attractive, but to combine two completely different, sometimes even trivial images and make something absolutely special out of them, is what makes the major change in using the Lomo cameras to me. Two components which play an important role since I used film are: the sun and therefore the usage of light/backlight as well as objects and persons for displaying silhouettes, both mostly in combination with cross processing.

What are the emotions that best explain this story you have? What are your thoughts about it?

Traveling and photography is my life! The coolest thing whilst traveling with my Lomo cameras are the great personal contacts I get because of the unconventional way of taking pictures. People are always wondering themselves and asking me why I take pictures of obviously irrelevant things like grids, walls or structures. Even the fact that I always have to decide between 2 to 3 Lomo supplies for entertainment not only because of their extravagant looks – this really is great fun!

Furthermore there is a high motivation to find even more and better combinations of two different and special motifs. And this motivation is like an addiction which I am not able to stop!

If ever this experience did not occur in your life, what kind of person are you right now? Are you not the same person without this experience?

For sure is: my life would be much more colorless, destructive, and boring! All my pictures of the sights in this world wouldn’t differ much from the ones from other photographers and therefore wouldn’t be special. Also, I wouldn’t have such a good eye for details and light.

And last but not least, I met some awesome and inspiring photographers in the Community who I hope to meet on one of my future travels.

Five of the most amazing places my LC-A+ has been:

Credits: bravebird

Bali, Indonesia: This beautiful island is well known for its exotic and vibrant art and culture, surfing and diving, natural beauties and the hospitality of the locals. It’s the perfect destination for relaxing, sports, shopping, sunbathing, chilling, sightseeing, nightlife and last but not least for taking pictures!

Credits: bravebird

Varanasi, India: In one of the most fascinating countries of the world with its many different regions, northeast located Varanasi is the holy city of India and definitely a magical place. But please be aware: since the dead bodies are being burnt on a pyre at the riverbank and the leftovers are thrown into the Ganges, chances are rather high to come across pieces of unburned corps.

Credits: bravebird

Ulan Bator, Mongolia: A country full of paradoxes! Besides the numerous beauty salons, the bleak capital also surprises with its ladies in their short skirts and high heels – something which doesn’t really meet up with our western beauty standards, at least figure wise.

Credits: bravebird

Moscow, Russia: Besides the fascinating buildings around the Red Square you will also find Russia’s most famous and glorious shopping mall called “GUM”. It has evolved from the combination out of a window mannequin and the splendid roof of the gigantic department store.

Credits: bravebird

Listwjanka, Siberia: Lake Baikal – the world’s oldest and deepest lake. It seems as if time here has come to a halt. Standing at the shore of the lake in a sleepy, deserted town you will think – this is the end of the world!

Every shot is captured not only having the intention of exposing a good frame, but also recording the time and space that was spent with it: a shutter button is pressed, a story is about to start. And through LomoDiary is where it is being told. Every month, we talk to one of our very esteemed member from the Community to share with us stories behind their Lomographs. Want to be our next storyteller? Drop us a line then at

written by fookshit on 2011-12-17 in #lifestyle #lomodiary #community #q-a #feature #interview


  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    heihei, upic, one of my favorate lomographers in this darling community...<:) congrats to both upic and your LC-A+, for covering such a distance...<:)

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    You're awesome.

  3. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    @upic is one of my heroes!

  4. earlybird
    earlybird ·


  5. artichekt
    artichekt ·

    ....die Reisetante mit den unschlagbaren Fotos!!! ;-)
    Na toll, jetzt will ich auch weg!!! :-))))

  6. spoeker
    spoeker ·


  7. volker-jp
    volker-jp ·

    she's one of the best!

  8. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    great great ! congrats Upic :D

  9. lienchen
    lienchen ·

    ...Gefühl von "sofort-weg-hier-und-losknippsen" wächst in mir!! :-)

  10. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Nice interview and certainly one of the most talented and well traveled lomographers!

  11. adamo-75
    adamo-75 ·

    Always inspiring!

  12. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    Love it!!!

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