Being fed up with the same looking pictures again and again, he eventually got bored and abandoned the digital culture of " shopography." Whatever that is, it is a good thing he already left in exchange of more real colours by Lomography! Now, as his collection of cameras is growing, his fridge is now also piling up heaps of films! Meet our Guru, Macstef!
Full Name: Stefan Balan
Location: Luebeck and the rest of Northern Germany
Number of years as a Lomographer: 4
Number of years in the Community: 4
Share to us your most memorable experience in the Lomographic Community.
I started taking photos in 2004, at first digitally. I had a small compact camera and I took it everywhere I went. I also found a community but I got bored pretty fast because all the pictures I saw looked the same – they were photoshopped. And I started to hate that. I was looking for photography and not for “shopography."
In 2008 I found the Lomo Fisheye No. 2 in a magazine and I instantly fell in love. Some days later it arrived and I finally found out about Lomography. I was ready to enter a world of awesomeness!! I learned about cameras, films, and techniques. I started to collect cameras and have a fridge full of films. I hate the thought of running out of films or not having a camera ready to take photos with. Entering the world of Lomography was definitly the best experience in the Community!
Have you actually met people in the Community that you now consider as close friends? If yes, name at least one of them.
A couple of my dearest friends are taking fotos, too. Some of them already got “lomonized," because they were fascinated of the colorful and suprising world of Lomography. They are: limpi, purple_snow, claudi_ja and lomo_newbie. I’m looking forward to meet others, hopefully at the upcoming Photokina!
Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?
YES!!!!!!!!! There is still enough new stuff to explore! I want to develop films myself and there are endless things that need to be captured. Lots of cameras I haven’t used and the inspiration Lomography is giving me will probably never stop. So, yes, I will take Lomographs in the next 5 years.
What is your favorite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences while using this camera?
I totally love the LC-A, her special style, that she’s been in space, and that you only need one hand to use her. But my absolute favorite is the Diana, because of her beauty. When I went to Namibia to visit my grilfriend I had her with me and the guys at the Namibian check in and at the security wanted to know everything about this camera.
They said they’ve never seen such a cool thing and couldn’t believe shes’s from the 60’s.
Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?
Most important: always have a camera and film with you – better having it with you than missing it! Because there is nothing worse than wanting to capture something and not having a camera at hand. In the last time I was experimenting with spacer rings for my AE-1. This is totally awesome, watching insects and flowers extremely close. It kind of makes the photos look like paintings. Definitely worth a try!
They are the ones whose passion transcends not only by what they do and say, but also with what they see and capture with their film cameras. And with such attributes aforementioned, they are what we call LomoGurus! Every week, we get to ask questions and reveal some insights with the most talented and productive of all Lomographers from the Community!