He is a lomographer finishing architecture studies and the passion, typical from this stage, is obvious in his work. He lives in an amazing country with the craziest architecture. I’m thrilled of bringing you our next LomoArch: rotte!
Rotte main curiosity is related to the structure of the contemporary buildings. He likes to let himself loose among experiments and compositions to get his masterpieces and he’s lucky to live surrounded by inspiring architecture and a particular inspiring girl.
He is a lomographer who merges 2 passions, architecture and photography, with lomography’s help. Through lomo eyes he’s able to distinguish characteristics from the buildings highlighted with different saturations. After a disillusion with a LC-A he found his partner in crime in LC-A+. As most of architects this lomoarch likes to look up searching for the skyscraper ending, framing his perspectives with saturated skies. He draws imaginary lines in each shot while his heart beats between old and new architect’s works.
What -alia- likes the most: great variety of styles and diversity of colours and perspectives.
Enough from me, I’ll let you be charmed by this LomoArch answers.
Name: Alberto Tevar
LomoHome: Madrid, Spain
Lomographer since: Around March 2011
Architect since: Doing Final Project
Can you make a short resume of yourself as a Lomographer as well as an Architect?
Architecture is very important to understand history. Every age has its characteristic buildings: Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Gothic… As an architect I like the importance of contemporary buildings. We are building history every day. Also we are in a time where architecture is a way of artistic expression, as may be painting, sculpture or photography. Moreover from the artistic side which is the contemporary architecture, I love the structures. During the university I have specialized in architecture’s structures, and each time I see a contemporary building I look for how it was built, and learn from it.
Lomography is another method of artistic expression, whit it I can compose with colors and objects beautiful snapshots. As a Lomographer I love cross-process and experiment with several films.
Why are you in this LomoWorld being you an Architect?
The main guilty for me being in this world of Lomography is my girlfriend. She has a Holga CFN 120 and she had been talking about the LC-A for long time. For her birthday I talked whit friends to give her one, but she really like colors (her Holga is a CMYK) and we decided to paint the LC-A+. Looking for cross-process and lomo-cameras, I discovered a world that seemed to me interesting, and I bought a second-hand LC-A. The shutter opened when it wanted (it was broken), so I decided to make an investment to not cost me more disappointments, and I bought LC-A+. So my girlfriend and I have a LC-A+ for a year now. Now she says she has turned me into a little monster of Lomography and I’m always taking pictures of buildings. I really enjoy with Lomo-experiments, I have always my LC-A+ in my bag.
How do you see Lomography and Architecture bonded?
As I said before, photography and architecture are methods of expression in art, as well than may be sculpture or painting. Photography of architecture is the union of two of my passions.
If I take pictures with a Lomo-Camera, I will get photos with more vibrant colors, and at times enhance aspects of the building that I had not noticed before. Also, on a clear day, the skies caught a very deep blue that cause the building has much more strength in the image.
One of the best experiences was to make a Lomowalk in Zaragoza with friends in the grounds of the Zaragoza’s Expo’08. I loved taking pictures of the Pavilion of Spain (Patxi Mangado), the Palace of Congresses (Nieto&Sobejano) or Bridge Pavilion (Zaha Hadid) with the LC-A+.
Also note that I love black and white photography too. I was surprised by the photos of the New Museum Pablo Serrano. The building is not very good and has some pretty strident colors, but black and white photos were very cool.
Which camera and film best portrays your Architecture visions? Why?
The camera that I love is the LC-A +. The photometer allows me to not worry about the amount of light and just shoot. As the film is something that I have no preference. I like many. I love Agfa CT Precisa for deep reds and bright days. With Kodak Elitechrome EB I can get very contrasting skies that I can give much life to the photo. Last films I’ve tried are Velvia 50 and Provia 100F, and also I get some bright colors and I like the results. I don’t know which of all I prefer. Perhaps, Kodak Elithechrome EB is the film I had used more, maybe it would be…
Ending, simple questions demand simple answers. What Architect and building did/would you prefer to take Lomographs?
Wow, the truth is that this is a difficult question, because for me it would be more which architects and building would I like to photograph. I love Mies Van der Rohe`s architecture. In Barcelona I could take pictures of the pavilion of the Expo Barcelona 1928. A couple of years ago I went to Berlin and I would love to be involved in Lomography to take pictures at the Neue Gallery. Whatever, I will return to Berlin and I will take photos at all building. I love Berlin’s architecture!!
In Madrid I like to take photos in Azca (financial zone), mainly BBVA’s headquarter from Saenz de Oiza, (a Spanish architect whose work is little known internationally). This building is an amazing example of how a skyscraper must land. Whatever, I love photographing skyscrapers, in Azca there are others, like Torre Picaso or Torre Europa. I would take better photos to last four skyscrapers there are in CTBA of Madrid, or Torres Blancas from Saenz de Oiza.
Liliana de Sousa- is living as a foreigner around the world since 2004 but is originally from Portugal. She’s an architect with the will of sharing nowadays architecture through lomographers eyes. Read more about Just Another Lomoarch series.