David Corio Takes Us on The Road With the Sprocket Rocket

From music photographer to Sprocket Rocket aficionado, follow David Corio on his latest adventures. David recently took a Sprocket Rocket on his travels through Italy, the UK and the US. See his pictures and impressions shooting with the Sprocket Rocket below.

Islington, Photos by David Corio
Wales, Photos by David Corio
Notting Hill, Photos by David Corio

Your images take us on a bit of a world trip, from Wales to Italy and New York among others. What have you been up to lately?

I’ve been travelling as you can see by the photos. I’ve been working in NYC and had a few exhibitions in Italy of my music photos that you had featured in an earlier interview. I am just back from an exhibition opening at Photographia Gallery, Viale Lazio 1 in Milan of some of my old music photos. Check out a video of the exhibition:

You mentioned in your previous interview that you prefer shooting in black and white, how was your experience with shooting in color this time?

It was really enjoyable. Everywhere that I have been lately has been colourful so that has made it easy and when the weather is good that helps as well. Sometimes when I’m looking at something to photograph I will envisage it as a color image or a black and white image so if you shoot in colour at least you can convert it to black and white but can’t do the same the other way round. I do like getting into the darkroom to print black and white negatives though so will start shooting more black and white. I probably need to get another Sprocket Rocket (hint, hint!) so I can have colour film in one camera and black and white film in the other one.

What are the challenges you faced when thinking in color?

I’m used to shooting colour but mainly using digital cameras these days. It was sometimes a challenge wondering how the colour film would respond to the lighting conditions with the camera as I was doing some long night time exposures of 30 seconds and at other times shooting directly into the sun as well so flare may be a problem and colour can change in difficult lighting conditions.

Which is your favorite image of the lot?

I don’t know! I was pleased with a lot of them but I especially like the Coney Island shots as that is one of my favourite places. It has been photographed thousands of times but is always inspiring every time I go there. Also some of the Italian places were great locations and ideal for wide panoramic shots.

New York City, Photos by David Corio
Italy, Photos by David Corio

How did you like shooting with the Sprocket Rocket?

I love it. I found it very inspiring and I really like the shape of the film format. It makes you look at subjects in different ways when you take pictures horizontally and vertically. The sprocket holes work well in the images as well and it can be a surprise when you see what else has been recorded around the holes too. I was really impressed with the quality of the lens as well. It distorts at the edges of the frame but is really sharp in the middle at both focus settings.

Any advice for Sprocket Rocket shooters?

Just to enjoy using the camera and to experiment with the format. As it gives such a different frame shape to more conventional cameras it may take a while to get used to making the most of a panoramic camera but it is so easy to use and the results are usually better than I expected. The camera is surprisingly rugged as well. I dropped mine down a flight of stairs and it is still working fine! I’ve had a few accidental double exposures where I forgot to wind on the film and they have worked out well too. The camera is obviously a bit limited in low light so I have mainly been using 800 ASA film and I don’t use the film frame counter as I had a few frames overlapping. If you wind the film 3.5 – 4 turns that seems to work for me anyway.

Do you have any upcoming projects?

There is the exhibition ‘Live In London’ in Milan that I mentioned earlier and I’m working on a few book projects. One on my music photos from the 1970s and 1980s and another one on my reggae photos from the last thirty years. I’ll be back in NYC in the next month or so and travelling somewhere else in the world with my Sprocket Rocket in my pocket for sure!

Visit David's website to see more of his fantastic rock and roll shots!

written by gabysalas on 2012-11-19 in #lifestyle #sprocket-rocket #david-corio

More Interesting Articles

  • LomoAmigo: Paul White

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-04-20 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Paul White

    Paul White is a South East London-based hip-hop producer with tons of energy and a penchant for film photography. He recently released his fifth album on the mighty R&S label. We decided to arm him with a Sprocket Rocket to shoot his adventures with. Read the full interview and see his images here.

  • 'Stilpirat' Steffen Böttcher Lures the Lomography Petzval Lens to France

    written by zonderbar on 2014-10-17 in #people #lomoamigos
    'Stilpirat' Steffen Böttcher Lures the Lomography Petzval Lens to France

    Steffen Böttcher's blog is already home to some very beautiful portraits taken with the New Petzval Lens. But the Petzval does so much more than just taking beautiful portraits; Böttcher recently took the lens with him on a mobile home adventure across the South of France. Find out more about the German photographer and his road trip in this exclusive interview.

  • Maaikel and his Weapon of Choice: Lomography Sprocket Rocket

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-08-07 in #lifestyle
    Maaikel and his Weapon of Choice: Lomography Sprocket Rocket

    The Lomography Sprocket Rocket might be a bit challenging to use but it didn't hinder maaikel from traveling and shooting various film rolls with it. In this week's installment of Weapon of Choice, he graciously shared his Sprocket Rocket story plus some amazing tips on using it.

    6
  • Shop News

    LomoKino Basic Package Services

    LomoKino Basic Package Services

    Process your LomoKino films the right way! Get scans, movie and negatives. This is the easiest way to turn those movie rolls into completed masterpieces! Check this service now!(Service availability depends on your markets)

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Music Photographer Tom Sheehan

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-10 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Music Photographer Tom Sheehan

    Last year, Lomography UK had the honor of hosting an exhibition by music photographer Tom Sheehan. Tom has photographed everyone from Mick Jagger, The Smiths, The Charlatans, Tom Waits, David Byrne to name just a few! We lent him a Petzval lens and asked him to test it on a shoot, and he granted us an exclusive interview.

    1
  • 4 Years in Paradise: Living and Learning in French Polynesia

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-02-04 in #world #locations
    4 Years in Paradise: Living and Learning in French Polynesia

    People seek extraordinary experiences while traveling, but not everyone gets to have an adventure of a lifetime. When lomographer Stephane Heinz (popularly known as vicuna in the Lomography community) saw the opportunity, he took the chance to travel and live miles away from his hometown in France. He and his wife, Kathi, came back home with a luggage full of valuable experiences and life lessons. Vicuna tells us about his four-year adventure in French Polynesia in this travel special.

    24
  • Lomo’Instant Quick Shots by Nils of Lomography France

    written by lomographyfrance on 2014-11-01 in #reviews
    Lomo’Instant Quick Shots by Nils of Lomography France

    Nils, our amazing new staff member from Lomography France. Aside from photography, he likes pizza, surfing, and fireworks. He recently took the Lomo'Instant for a spin in Paris. In the narrow streets, he had some funny encounters and had a great time with multiple exposures. He now shares with us his first impressions!

  • Shop News

    Colorsplash your World!

    Colorsplash your World!

    At 30% off you can now color your analog images with 12 different color gels. Experiment with 35mm slide film and play with the built-in color flash for the most intense colors!

  • Adventurous Photography: The Lomography x Stilpirat Competition

    written by petit_loir on 2015-03-20 in #world #competitions
    Adventurous Photography: The Lomography x Stilpirat Competition

    You are probably already familiar with our German Petzval LomoAmigo Steffen Böttcher, aka Stilpirat. He recently released his very first audio book about his adventures as photographer, "Abenteuer Fotografie," featuring the beautiful Petzval lens on the cover. Through this competition, our German-speaking community gets the chance to win three of his audio books as well as his photo book about Ghana. So what do you need to do? Show us your lomographic adventures!

  • Going Post Tropical with our LomoAmigo James Vincent McMorrow and the La Sardina

    written by tomas_bates on 2014-09-23 in #people #lomoamigos
    Going Post Tropical with our LomoAmigo James Vincent McMorrow and the La Sardina

    It's a huge pleasure to introduce our latest LomoAmigo, the fantastically gifted musician James Vincent McMorrow. This year, James launched his new album 'Post Tropical' and we couldn't wait to put a La Sardina camera in hands to play with for the Summer. He took the camera with him on his tour and snapped some truly cool shots. Check them out and read our interview with James below!

  • Jürgen Bürgin Discovers the French Provence with a Lomo LC-A+

    written by zonderbar on 2014-07-30 in #people #lomoamigos
    Jürgen Bürgin Discovers the French Provence with a Lomo LC-A+

    Jürgen Bürgin finds pleasure in strolling through the hustle and bustle of the world's biggest cities and shooting street photographs without being recognized. For Lomography, however, the Film PR agent and photographer from Berlin took a different path, literally! We gave him a Lomo LC-A+ camera for his journey to the French Provence and waited in anticipation for his travel pictures away from the big city.

  • Shop News

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)

  • Shooting in Soho with the Lomo'Instant Splitzer

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-04-17 in #gear #tipster
    Shooting in Soho with the Lomo'Instant Splitzer

    A recent lunchtime break turned into a big analogue adventure when I took the Lomo'Instant camera out with the Splitzer and captured a gloriously sunny day in the heart of Soho, London. I learned a couple of great tips about shooting with this new accessory. Read on to find out more.

  • LomoAmigo: Larissa Lily at Kew Gardens

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-09 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Larissa Lily at Kew Gardens

    Larissa Lily is a UK based photographer and writer who agreed to share some of her Petzval shots with us and explain a bit about her love for film photography. She took it on a recent trip to Kew Gardens, and here are the results.

  • Thomas Alexander Travels with an LC-Wide

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-06-08 in #people #lifestyle
    Thomas Alexander Travels with an LC-Wide

    Thomas Alexander is a UK-based photographer who recently went on a trip around Europe with an LC-Wide camera. He talks about his journey and shares valuable travel tips in this interview.