This guy is no newcomer in the name of analogue photography and maybe even in the Community for he, my friend, resurrected his membership in this fun Community of ours!
Yup, he left and came back with a new LomoHome! And we are very glad because of that! Let’s know more about this guy from San Jose, CA — it’s adventuresinanalog as this week’s Newcomer of the Week!
Name: Randy Brown
Lomography Home: adventuresinanalog
Location: San Jose, CA
Current film cameras: Holga 120 GN, Lomography Sprocket Rocket, Hasselblad 500 C/M, Olympus Trip 35, Olympus Pen FT, Rollei 35, Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim, Pentax Auto 110, Olympus 35 SP, Ricoh 500 G, Konica Big Mini 302, and Olympus XA (according to his LomoHome!)
How did you find out about the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I first found out about the Lomography Community while conducting a search to learn more about film grain on different types of FujiFilm. Once on the site, it was like I stumbled into a candy store filled with delicious treats of all flavors. I found photographic examples of just about every film type and format, it was unbelievable! It has become the single most reliable source of up to date examples of film brands, types, and formats – it should be noted and advertised as such. No one convinced me to join, signing up to become a member was a no-brainer. It was as if my DNA gene sequencing included an embedded Lomography username and password. My original LomoHome was dred242, but I recently created the adventuresinanalog LomoHome to better reflect my devotion to film and all things analog as well as keeping parity across all of my online activity when it comes to film photography. This Lomography Community has become such an inspiration in the film photography world, I can’t see a future without it.
Is there anyone in the Lomographic Society you look up to? If yes, who is him/her and why?
I’m a big fan of satomi LomoHome. On one side her images are full of color, texture, and warmth (the good feeling kind of warmth) – and on the other side their filled with excitement, and adventure… Kinda makes you feel as if she’s always “In The Place To Be” if I may coin a phrase from an old rap song. Satomi’s images cover a wide range of photographic styles and topics which will keep you clicking the “Like” and "Next’ link while cruising her LomoHome – in my eye, she’s a premiere Lomographer.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
Rule #1 “Take your camera everywhere you go.” is the rule that’s most important to me. The only way to become proficient with picture taking is to take lots of pictures, no matter what the subject is – but it starts by always having a camera with you. There hasn’t been a single day in the past 15 years when I didn’t have one of my cameras (film or digital) with me at all times. In fact on average I have two film cameras in my backpack on any given day – 3 cameras if you count my micro 4/3 digital – 4 if you count my iPhone. Carrying a camera with me all the time has kinda become an involuntary movement, haha! I’ll pick a pair of camera that I want to shoot with for the week and into my backpack they go. Not just bringing, but using your camera everyday builds skills and helps you become proficient behind the lens. You’ll gain the confidence needed to capture images when time is limited, situations are tense, or the unexpected happens before your eyes.
In this digital age, why still film?
I’ve had my share of digital cameras going all the way back to 2001, but my first love has always been film which for me started when I was a kid growing up in Chicago. My first camera was a cheap plastic mail order film camera that only cost a few dollars and a hand full of chewing gum wrappers back in the late 1960’s. After that I had a host of Kodak Instamatics, and Vivitar 110 cameras until I got my first serious camera which was the Pentax K1000 in the mid 1970’s. I learned how to process B&W film in the late 1970’s as well as darkroom B&W printing while working at the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago. I also studied photography at Columbia College (Chicago) for a year and a half – I dropped out because I needed full-time work to survive.
As of about 4-5 years ago I turn back to film because I missed the mechanical relationship between the camera and the user. The mechanical relationship is an important part of making a photograph, at least to me it is. Anyone can set a DSLR to super-duper auto mode and fire off 20 frames per second in hopes of “catching” the shot, but my life has entered a more relaxed stage, and I enjoy physically going through the steps of making an image with film cameras. Twisting aperture rings or manually dialing in the focus on the lens barrel, locking in shutter speeds or ISO selections with big rotating knobs, sliding the flash of your choice onto a hot-shoe, and most importantly, no LCD preview screen to distract you while potentially great shots pass by un-noticed.
In addition to all of that, film offers visual qualities that you can actually see with your eyes, and when viewed under the right conditions, you can almost measure the grain on the negative as well as the grain on traditional darkroom prints. Digital images printed with the highest quality ink or laser printers pale in comparison to darkroom prints…..that’s a fact! All of this is why I love film and analog picture making. In fact, knowing all of these analog skills helps when shooting digital – working around your DSLR’s programming through a series of manual adjustments starts with understanding the basic mechanics of analog photography.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
Continuing to explore the world through the lenses of others, rummaging through thousands of LomoHomes is like looking through windows to other places – and most times it’s a dream-like experience. When viewing images captured digitally on other photo sharing sites, subjects seem frozen in time and in fact, thats whet they are supposed to appear as. But to my eyes, images captured on film by the many LomoHome inhabitants have more “life” to them or some kind of perceived sense of the ongoing movement of time. Now I know this sounds trippy and I assure you I’m not on drugs, but some of the best images displayed in this Community seem so much more fluid. Perhaps it’s simply the visual properties of analog photography but it’s definitely something I don’t get when viewing digital pic’s on other photo sharing sites – I’m looking forward to hanging out in the Community as well as inviting others to visit and discover for the first time or re-discover analog photography.
Your favorite analogue camera as of the moment? Why?
I currently own 41 film cameras, I love and use them all at least 3-4 times each year. But currently my favorite is my Konica Big Mini F released by Konica in 1997. The big Mini F is a 35mm film camera that features a 35mm Konica lens that shoots at f/2.8, has a minimum focusing distance of 35cm (just over 1 foot) and offers sharp images with plenty of contrast due to it’s coated lens surface and built-in skylight filter. The Big Mini F also has a shutter priority automatic exposure system, sports a selectable +/- 1.5EV exposure compensation option, an ISO range from 25-3200, a built in flash with red eye reduction, self timer and date stamp mode (which I’ll never use….yikes!). The auto-focus motor on the Big Mini F is super fast and not too noisy. The auto film advance is quick and also not to noisy or loud, this means no unwanted attention when shooting in public or with family and friends. The view finder is bright and clear with plenty of crop-marks for composing shots near and far as wells as LED indications for focus and flash status. The Big Mini F is a cult classic in Japan, I believe it was first released there which is why it may have not received much exposure here in the U.S. There’s an all black version of the Big Mini F that I would love to own – it’s on my want list. But for now my current Big Mini F with it’s stylish 1990’s all metallic looking finish coupled with a super slim & sexy body that looks great hanging around my neck with it’s included 18 inch long lanyard. When out for the day or on a photo-walk it serves as both a swanky over-sized piece of hipster jewelry and an awesome analog image capturing device combined.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
I’ve been salivating over the LC-A series of cameras for the past year or so. I had my sights set on the LC-A Wide with it’s show-stopping 17mm ultra wide angle lens, but after talking with several LC-A owners (some of which have LomoHomes here,) I’ve altered my LC-A obsession and am now focusing on the LC-A+ with it’s 32mm f/2.8 lens.
Share your current favorite Lomograph (could be yours or a friend’s) and explain why it is your favorite.
For the past several weeks I’ve been interested in shooting expired Tungsten film and it all started with photo #15 in the Yellow Sunset set by Lomographer japsix.
Looking at the image, one might think it is just another random photo and perhaps it may be. But the faded yet intense yellow colors, the hint of shadowy green mixed with a whisper of blue & grey holds my attention to the wonders of Tungsten film. Tungsten film was originally designed for use indoors when incandescent bulbs dominated the subjects area. Tungsten film balanced the color by adding more blue tones to offset the orange and yellow tones created by the incandescent bulbs used in living room lamps and kitchen light fixtures. Shooting Tungsten film outdoors on bright sunny days produces wild effects – normally blueish but sometimes yellow as you can see in the Yellow Sunset set Just like shooting red scale film, the details are all there – you just have to be willing to look with different eyes, and attitude. I’m pretty sure Tungsten film is no longer produced but theres plenty still on the market and I’ve built up a stock pile. So I keep coming back to Yellow Sunset #17 not for tips or instruction, but for inspiration. The inspiration to keep pushing analog cameras and film beyond their limits and to not be afraid to go outside the boundaries – it’s what Lomography is all about.
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!