To shoot with film is not only to exempt you from the stereotypes of modern photography, but for her, it’s also a family affair. It’s a mixture of personal inspiration, skill and chance rolled into one substantial snap which she’d like to call her own Lomograph! Allow yourselves to experience them all as we introduce you to our Newcomer of the Week, Alisonjit!
Name: Alison Gage
Location: Leicester, United Kingdom
Camera Shelf: Kodak Retinette 1B
How did you find out about the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
My son-in-law, Mikey (mikeyleic), was new to photography and wanted to try film, he came up with the idea of a project for our family. He, my daughter, Maddy (maddym), and myself, with a maximum budget of £30, were each to research and buy a film camera and a roll of black and white and colour film. We had great fun finding the camera of our choice, and Maddy and I both discovered your website whilst trying to decide which film to choose. The project finally took place on Lindisfarne Island, and we were all hooked! Meanwhile, my patient, understanding, and encouraging husband, who was also on the island took great delight in having the time and space to do his own reading and research. Maddy signed up with the Community around eight weeks ago, Mikey about a week ago, and I followed their good examples a few days ago.
Is there anyone in the Lomographic Society you look up to? If yes, who is he/she and why?
My daughter, Maddy (maddym). Although I have been taking photographs for a lot longer than she has, it was she who first opened my eyes to thinking outside of the conventional photographic box. It was a simple image of the skyline of Paris, where the majority of the image was a featureless sky. The actual rooftops formed just a thin line at the bottom, with only the Eiffel Tower rising above them to show the location.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
Don’t worry about any rules. Rules tie us down, can make us lose confidence in our instincts, and stifle our creativity.
In this digital age, why still film?
Digital certainly has its benefits. It’s ideal for those times you really want to know you have an image to take home with you, and that the image works. But I’ve recently begun to realise how much I’ve missed the actual mechanics of film photography, and our personal influence on the end results. With film, it’s a mixture of personal inspiration, skill and chance, and you never know quite how it’s going to turn out. It’s not just the photo, but it’s the experience, too.
Share your current favorite Lomograph (could be yours or a friend’s) and explain why it is your favorite.
I find it hard to choose a favourite image – there are so many to choose from! One of my favourite Lomograph is of a friend’s, is my daughter’s image of the canal in Long Eaton.
I was with her when she took the image, and the water was so still that the trees and mills were reflected perfectly in the canal. It was wonderful. I wanted to take some colour shots too — to capture the spring greens, but had black and white film in the camera, and by the time I had changed films the wind had picked up and the reflections were gone. You have to be quick! The panoramic shots highlights the perspective of the canal, and the cross processing emphasizes the greens of the scene. (I’m still waiting to see what my black and white version of the scene turns out like!)
My favourite Lomograph from my images is the curvy mill building in Nottingham’s Lace Market
I like this one because I have been trying to photograph this in a way that captures all that I like about it for years, and Lomography has finally produced it. I love the patterns in mill buildings, and the curves in this building are magnificent. The cross processed film has highlighted the texture of the bricks and the shading around the windows.
Newbie, rookie, neophyte or whatever you call them, our new breed of the ever-growing band of Lomographers are set to conquer the analogue land with their brand new hip-shooting abilities! And this is where we feature them along with their wistful thoughts and the freshest snaps each week!