LomoGuru of the Week: Grazie

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I'm pretty sure you've had a glimpse of her photos or might even have dropped a comment or like in her Home. We might need no introduction for this week's LomoGuru, but a few decent sentences will most probably work!

Meet Graziella, or more popularly known as grazie in our Community. Originally from the Philippines but is currently based in Southern California, Grazie sure had a lot of fun experiences, add to that her Lomography friends, in a span of two years in the Community.

Know more about her plus a look at her Lomographs as this week’s LomoGuru!

Credits: grazie

Name: Graziella Ines
Lomography username: grazie
Location: Southern California
Number of years as a Lomographer: 2
Number of years in the Community: 2

Share to us your most memorable experience in the Lomographic Community.

Wow. There are a lot of memorable experiences in the Community in the past year alone but one that I cherish and enjoyed the most are all the film swaps/double projects. I get excited everytime I receive an envelope from my film swap partners. It’s just so much fun receiving something analogue from a good friend, the analogue way. And when I shoot over them and see the results later, I feel that a piece of me traveled to their countries too. Like how my friend cc-in-paris said, it’s traveling photographically. It gets overwhelming sometimes but damn it’s so much fun!

Another memorable experience was that exhibit last year at the L.A. store for “The Prophecies of An Analogue Future” where a photo of mine was chosen to represent the #2 Prophecy. Also the opening of the Sta. Monica gallery store which I attended and got to meet some great people and ate yummy cupcakes.

Have you actually met people in the Community that you now consider as close friends? If yes, name at least one of them.

I have to admit that I haven’t actually met my good friends here in the Community. Oh except for one and that is noe_arteaga. I met him at the L.A. store and got to chat with him and we planned to do several Lomowalks and a film swap.

I love this Community because I’ve met so many interesting and nice people, some I consider my good friends. Before I would use the phrase “Lomo friend” but for these friends, I can’t. It’s true that I haven’t actually met them in person but I talk to them a lot and share similar passions with them. And yes, I hope to meet them soon.

There are my cool and funny buddies, Marisa and Erick from my motherland, the Philippines. They crack me up all the time. It feels like I’ve done several Lomowalks with them already. I would love to take Lomographs of Manila with them.

Then there’s my good, good friend Axel with whom I’ve had excellent doubles projects with (and it’s not done yet). He is the coolest guy and takes some of the best Lomographs. He is also my best critique Lomography wise and knows my Lomo self the best.

Credits: grazie

There is sweet Victoria who inspires me a lot and sends me all these beautiful postcards out of her Lomographs. I will be forever thankful to her for that Vivian Maier book. And my best girl Mery who is just the sweetest and she makes me laugh all the time. I plan to visit her this summer and we’ll do a Lomowalk with the Madrid peeps. And yes, Peter, jean_louis_pujol and troch who are so generous with their advise and whose passion for photography I admire a lot.

I also mentioned in the first question my lovely friend Carolina (cc-in-paris) who I’d love to visit and chat with about not just Lomo stuff but also movies, music, fashion, etc. We did several doubles also and I wouldn’t mind doing more.

There are other good friends I’d love to meet in real life like dakadev_pui, albeelee, ohpleasedontgo, qrro, littlekoala, mafiosa, wuxiong, trw, hodachrome, gunship, upic, volker-jp, trashpilotin, i_am_four_eyes, pussylove, lawypop, jeabbzz, goonies, sprofishgel, sye, robter, warning, lola_juanlu, realrampage, analogmonolog, mikahsupageek to name a few.

And of course I ’d love love love to do a Lomowalk and hang out with my other Pinoy friends: boobert, ponzi, stitch, superkulisap, feelux, renenob, talgrrrlrocks, xyron,denbilita, antibiotyx, zoe191. I think I would need more than a month to do that though.

Then finally meet two people I look up to and whose Lomographs I admire so much: lakandula and boredbone

Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?

Yes! Because I love it! It makes me happy and sane. Haha. I hope Kodak will continue producing films and that I don’t lose my job so I can continue buying films. And that an equivalent or close to Fuji Neopan 1600 will be produced by Lomography in the near future.

I love Lomography/film photography so much that I think I’ll grow old doing it.

What is your favorite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences while using this camera?

I love all my cameras but if I really need to choose one, it would be my LC-A+. If the others are my lovers, the LC-A+ is my soul mate.

Photos from her LC-A+

I was walking the streets of Chinatown in San Francisco last December when I decided to stride away from the tourist routes and trek the alleys. There I met Evan, a teenager practising his kung fu. It was so fun watching him but at the same time I was a little scared he would get mad and kick me or something. But I still clicked away with my LC-A+. And he turned out to be so nice.

Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?

Just shoot away! Follow your heart though. Shoot to be happy. Don’t shoot to please. Enjoy it and don’t get discouraged. Then you will love it. Trust me.

See more of Grazie’s lovely Lomographs!

Credits: grazie

written by mayeemayee on 2012-03-11 in #lifestyle #lomohome #community #lomoguru #grazie #interview

62 Comments

  1. dakadev_pui
    dakadev_pui ·

    Wow! Congrats !

  2. goonies
    goonies ·

    yeehhhhhhh

  3. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Way to Go Graziella!!

  4. boredbone
    boredbone ·

    @grazie Hell yeah! congrats! lomo love from Manila.

  5. adzfar
    adzfar ·

    Congratulations Grazie! :)

  6. atria007
    atria007 ·

    Congratsssss my dear!!! I'm waiting that u visit me xDD thanks Graziella for the kind words...ure so great!!!!!

  7. albeelee
    albeelee ·

    well done my lovely <3

  8. jorgesato
    jorgesato ·

    wooohoooo!!

  9. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    Congratulations! Nice selfportrait! haha

  10. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    @grazie kelangan talaga nakatingin sa malayo? haha

  11. trashpilotin
    trashpilotin ·

    uuuuhhhhuuuu <3

  12. realrampage
    realrampage ·

    yeah lomoGoddess ;DDD @grazie

  13. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    congratz dear =)

  14. 134340
    134340 ·

    hi @grazie :)

  15. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    @grazie: congrats for being guru now. nice portrait.

  16. ponzi
    ponzi ·

    @grazie: good job! your lomographs are amazing! galing! (: hoping we can lomo walk soon haha. give us a holla if you're headed to manila / singapore (:

  17. poepel
    poepel ·

    @grazie...... Not just a Lomographer. A Lomographer with a lot of heart. We all love you. congratulations......

  18. sommer
    sommer ·

    Congrats!! Nice interview and great great great Lomographer!! :D

  19. ohpleasedontgo
    ohpleasedontgo ·

    Congrats dear @grazie !!! :)

  20. lamp
    lamp ·

    @Grazie - a real lomo-lady. Very sweet article my lovely :)

  21. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    congraaaats grazie :D

  22. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Congrats @grazie! :))

  23. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    yeah! Graziella = full of grace :)

  24. lakandula
    lakandula ·

    Keep up the good work!

  25. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Bravo grazie.....^..^

  26. boobert
    boobert ·

    @grazie ... just like what everybody said! lol. see you soon!

  27. b0rn2b1ush
    b0rn2b1ush ·

    woohoo... way to go, miswa!

  28. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    hai @grazie,congrats guru

  29. litleandi
    litleandi ·

    @grazie love the article. Especially when you said: "Just shoot away! Follow your heart though. Shoot to be happy. Don’t shoot to please. Enjoy it and don’t get discouraged. Then you will love it. Trust me."

  30. renenob
    renenob ·

    Congrats @grazie! XD

  31. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    Everybody loves @grazie! :)

  32. mikeydavies
    mikeydavies ·

    congrats @grazie, love the pics :)

  33. sweetoblivion
    sweetoblivion ·

    Gorgeous pics @grazie - really inspirational!

  34. volker-jp
    volker-jp ·

    Hey hey hey! congratulations there! that is a happy event! you're great!

  35. vici
    vici ·

    @grazie Congratulations sweetheart. You inspire us all! Seeing your photos is always a treat!

  36. grazie
    grazie ·

    Thank you everyone!! I love being a part of this community and looking at all your lovely photos everyday. Lomo on!!

  37. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    @grazie ang iksi naman ng speech mo haha!

  38. grazie
    grazie ·

    @icuresick hahaha! the shorter the better

  39. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    @grazie you go!

  40. noe_arteaga
    noe_arteaga ·

    @grazie "Shoot to be happy. Don't shoot to please." Very well said! Loved the article! Thanks for the mention, and we DEFINITELY got to hang out soon!!!

  41. trw
    trw ·

    @grazie Great article and such well deserved recognition, my friend! You are an amazing lomographer! Oh, and any time you want to meet up, I'm there! ;-)

  42. sprofishgel
    sprofishgel ·

    YO @grazie ! Well done :)) it´s obvious we should do big lomowalks in every continents :)) when the crisis is over ;) kiss my dear

  43. bravebird
    bravebird ·

    @grazie rocks :D

  44. fayeusokoi
    fayeusokoi ·

    you are the best @grazie Congrats!

  45. dreadlockboy
    dreadlockboy ·

    congrats @grazia ...i always love all your pictures :D

  46. anafaro
    anafaro ·

    congrats @grazie, great article, great interview! :)

  47. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    o may gulay, i-set na ang lomowalk na yan! @boobert @ponzi @stitch @feelux @renenob @talgrrrlrocks @xyron @denbilita @antibiotyx @zoe191 @b0rn2b1ush @icuresick @boredbone @lakandula

    Keep on shooting @grazie !

  48. renenob
    renenob ·

    Wow! This is gonna be a super lomowalk!

  49. xyron
    xyron ·

    Mahusay Idol! \m/

  50. grazie
    grazie ·

    @renenob @ superkulisap @boredbone @icuresick @boobert super lomowalk daw!!! sinong taya sa merienda? si @b0rn2b1ush?

  51. stouf
    stouf ·

    @grazie You're great ! : )

  52. stitch
    stitch ·

    cool, congrats @grazie ;) lomowalk na!

  53. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    wootwoot! ikaw na ang lomoguru @grazie :)

  54. pomps
    pomps ·

    @grazie you are a true lomoguru!

  55. grazie
    grazie ·

    thanks so very much dear friends @pomps @antibiotyx @stitch and @stouf :)

  56. feelux
    feelux ·

    @grazie Congraaats! "Shoot to be happy. Don't shoot to please." - This'll leave a mark, thanks! Lomowalk na! @boobert @renenob @icuresick @superkulisap

  57. boobert
    boobert ·

    @feelux super late lang ang role! @grazie @icuresick @renenob @superkulisap

  58. grazie
    grazie ·

    Maraming salamat @feelux !!! and to you too again @boobert :D

  59. jean_louis_pujol
    jean_louis_pujol ·

    @grazie congratulations! This is a Great article. I am very proud for being one of your friends!

  60. grazie
    grazie ·

    @jean_louis_pujol thank you so much! And thanks for being such an inspiration!!!

  61. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    Very nice!!!!!

  62. noe_arteaga
    noe_arteaga ·

    P-O-PU-L-A-R

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