He has been practicing analogue photography since he was 5 and admits that he has no specific favourite analogue camera except the one that is currently in his pocket.
An old-time analogue photographer who found a simple happiness in our Community by browsing random lovely Lomographs and meeting various friendly Lomographers! Let us welcome this week’s Lomography Newcomer, mamontovas or Andrius Mamontovas!
Name: Andrius Mamontovas
Lomography Home: mamontovas
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Current film cameras: Zenit 3M (1969), Lomography Spinner 360, Lomography Diana Mini, Minolta Hi-Matic F, Smena 8M (1980 Moscow Olympic Games Edition), and a home made pinhole camera.
How did you find out about the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
Few years ago I’ve noticed that those old russian LOMO cameras are back and are in fashion even more than it was back in the Soviet Union days. Lithuania was in the USSR when I grew up so i remember those times. My first camera was the LOMO Etiud (the one that you had to glue yourself from the separate parts.) I started to see those nice, random, and colorfull pictures all over the internet and it gave me back the passion for film photography that iI’ve been doing since I was 5. So, I was convinced by the egsistance of the Lomographic Society itself.
Is there anyone in the Lomographic Society you look up to? If yes, who is him/her and why?
It’s the different person every time I see a beautiful picture. Then I look up to the works of that person. It is always the moment, here and now.
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.“ That’s a Zen Buddhism right here. :)
In this digital age, why still film?
I am nostalgic for analogue. I remember those nights; being a little kid, sitting with my father in the dark room, and printing pictures during the night. Also, as a musician I’ve recorded a lot of music on magnetic tape. It is similar to taking analogue pictures. That warm feeling of distortion! :) But with photography it is not only nice for the eye. It is also the element of surprise that is almost impossible with digital cameras. Film is more about the feeling, more than about a total controlled shot. It is like the spiritual practice to free you from your own mind. Don’t think, just shoot. I love it.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
I enjoy the work of all the Lomographers and also enjoy looking for nice pictures. It is such a great way to discover the world. Through the lens of the others. That "Random Home“ option is my favorite click at www.lomography.com
Your favorite analogue camera as of the moment? Why?
It is always the one loaded with film and waiting for the right moment in my bag or pocket.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
I’m waiting for my Belair to arrive. I’d love to get the Horizon, as i had the old Russian one, but not anymore. It’s a great camera. Also, I’d love to try the Lomography SuperSampler.
Share your current favorite Lomograph (could be yours or a friend’s) and explain why it is your favorite.
It’s anyone who makes blurry, distorted, damaged, double exposed, expired, or redscale pictures. That’s what attracted my eye first. To name someone in particular would be too early, because there’s so much to discover at the Lomography Community!
Are you new in this Community? Wanna say hello? Then drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and you might just be our next Newcomer of the Week!