LomoGuru of the Week: Gocchin


He has won one huge Lomography contest, have tried tons of Lomography tips and tricks, have made friends outside and inside the Community, and has truly lived the Lomographic life!

So what else does this Lomographer need to do for him to deserve the LomoGuru crown? Well, I guess none! Coming from Japan, we have enjoyed his Lomographs that took us to places around the world. And I suppose now is the time to be entertained by this interview with him! So let me not bore you with all the introductions for here is this week’s LomoGuru, gocchin!

Full Name: Yoshitaka Goto
Lomography Username: gocchin
Location: Gifu, Japan
Number of years as a Lomographer: 5 years
Number of years in the Community: 5 years

Share to us your most memorable experience in the Lomographic Community.

It’s when I got the grand prize for the Lomography X Design TAXI: Find + Shoot a Taxi! Rumble in October 2011. I was so so so happy because I had never got any grand prizes or top scores even at school. But look, my first grand prize was a Lomography International contest! It was like a gold medal from the Olympic games for me!

After the announcement, I jumped to Hong Kong from Japan since the Hong Kong team told me that the winning photo was exhibited in the Lomography Gallery Store Hong Kong and that they held an opening party. I applied a paid holiday to my boss then flew to Hong Kong. They welcomed me very warmly and invited me to dinner and drinking after the party. It was a great night! I just loved Lomography more and more!

Have you actually met people in the Community that you now consider as close friends? If yes, name at least one of them.

Yes, I’ve met some Lomographers and gangan is one of them. He is my first respectable Lomographer because his works are so peaceful & heartful. He is crazy about the LomoKino now. Also, a group exhibition called Life Lomo is held by Gallery Setagaya 233 in Tokyo every year. I joined this group exhibition in 2012 and 2013 so I could have a chance to meet cool Lomographers. By the way, the gallery owner, Mr.Nakane, is a great Lomographer, too!

Some of gocchin’s famous Lomographs!

Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?

Surely I will. Because taking Lomographs is my life work! And Lomography cameras accompany me during my travels, too. They’re like my passport, I can’t go anywhere without them. I have eight kinds of Lomography cameras already but I still have some in my wish list. I believe Lomography will release new cameras from now on and as long as they make new cool gears, I will continue to enjoy Lomography!

What is your favorite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences while using this camera?

The crazy and amazing Lomo LC-Wide! I enjoy this camera while using the multiple exposure because of my overlapping images. If you don’t know what I mean by overlapping, see my article Get Creative with Overlapping Images with the LOMO LC-Wide.

We can imagine a multiple exposure result usually but it’s difficult for us to imagine an “overlapping” result. So If the images are crazy or amazing after being developed, I can’t help but be excited. I want to share this fever to everyone! So let’s try it!

Credits: gocchin

Please share your most favourite Lomographic photo that you took and explain why.

This photo was taken with a Lomo LC-A+ with a Splitzer in Hong Kong. Before taking this photo, I visited the exhibit of Yayoi Kusama who is a very famous Japanese artist worldwide. When I saw her great work, I strongly felt as if she told me "Don’t hesitate, be daring!!!” It’s like Lomography’s 10 Golden Rules! After that, I always remember that thought whenever I take Lomographs. You also know, Taro Okamoto another very famous Japanese artist who said “Art is Explosion.” When I saw this photo, I remembered his phrase and I felt his mind. So this photo is a very special one for me.

Credits: gocchin

Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?

There is no failure when it comes to Lomography! Even if you think some of your works are failed, others may think that they are still amazing. So DO NOT delete them like images from a digital camera! If you are an analogue lover, you should enjoy the failure, too! And one more, I think you should find shooters and be inspired of their work. I think this is the first road to your success. If it’s me, then I’d be so happy! :)

Do you think you’re qualified as a LomoGuru? Got something to share in our Community? Then drop me a line at mayee.gonzales@lomography.com qne become the next LomoGuru!

written by mayeemayee on 2013-02-10 in #lifestyle #lomoguru #gocchin #interview


  1. sobetion
    sobetion ·

    Wowww!! really love your style <3 @gocchin

  2. dreadlockboy
    dreadlockboy ·

    congrats dude @@gocchin :)

  3. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    congraaaaaaaats guru! :D

  4. bebopbebop
    bebopbebop ·

    I strongly agree with your advice!!

  5. gocchin
    gocchin ·

    thanks my dude!!! @sobetion @dreadlockboy @adi_totp @bebopbebop

  6. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    really nice article

  7. hodachrome
    hodachrome ·

    Congrats my friend!
    Enjoyed reading the article :)

  8. robotto_dawad
    robotto_dawad ·

    congrats @gocchin :)

  9. gocchin
    gocchin ·

    thanks!!! @koduckgirl @hodachrome @robotto_dawad

  10. gepo1303
    gepo1303 ·

    Congratulations, welcome to the >>Guru-club<<< !

  11. mayeemayee
    mayeemayee ·

    Thank you for this interview, @gocchin! :)

  12. gocchin
    gocchin ·

    thanks!!! @gepo1303

  13. gocchin
    gocchin ·

    thanks for choosing me as lomo guru @mayeemayee

  14. grazie
    grazie ·

    Congrats @gocchin ! reallyy amazing photos!

  15. stouf
    stouf ·

    Great stuff @gocchin! :)

  16. gocchin
    gocchin ·

    thanks!!! @grazie @stouf

More Interesting Articles

  • Meet our LomoGuru: zulupt

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-08-15 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Meet our LomoGuru: zulupt

    Aside from being an immensely talented lomographer, what makes him a perfect LomoGuru is his burning desire to share his knowledge. The city where he lives is full of people who are interested in analog photography, but the lack of easy access to film and equipment poses a challenge for them to pursue their passion. To keep them motivated, Hugo organizes workshops and tours on different film photography techniques and DIY tricks. Let's give a loud round of applause to Hugo Pereira, better known in the community as zulupt, our LomoGuru from Marinha Grande, Portugal!

  • Meet Our LomoGuru: herbert-4

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-02-14 in #people #lifestyle #videos
    Meet Our LomoGuru: herbert-4

    Herbert Morris has been taking photographs for almost 60 years. From being his family's event photographer, he now acts as one of the community's resident guides who's always willing to give advice—photography related or otherwise—to fellow lomographers. In this interview, Herbert shares tidbits about his life as a war veteran and how being a sneaky photographer preserved the memories of his aunt.

  • 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.

  • Shop News

    Get a Perfect Instant Selfie with Fuji Instax Mini 70!

    Get a Perfect Instant Selfie with Fuji Instax Mini 70!

    Get the perfect self-portraits or group photos with your friends with this instant camera! This camera allows you to be picture ready with its mirror next to the lens and gives you an idea where is best to smile!

  • Newcomer of the Week: psychedelica

    written by icequeenubia on 2015-03-22 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Newcomer of the Week: psychedelica

    His love affair with analog photography started with a Zenit 12 which he received as a birthday present. Almost a decade has passed since but he still continues to capture his everyday life and the spirit of Istanbul's streets on film. Get to know our newcomer of the week from Turkey, Can Ortak also known in the community as psychedelica!

  • Reviews on Rewind: The New Petzval Lens 85

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-05-30 in #gear #reviews
    Reviews on Rewind: The New Petzval Lens 85

    The New Petzval Lens 85 continues to captivate the hearts of many photographers from its debut a couple of years back. A perfect balance between form and function, this lens closely mimics the look of the legendary Petzval lens of the 19th century and delivers eye-catching images with its signature tack sharp center and swirly bokeh background. Many photographers from both outside and inside the Lomography community have raved about the New Petzval 85. In this recap, we look back at four community-written reviews.

  • Lomo LC-A 120: Quirky Doors

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-08-17 in #gear #lifestyle
    Lomo LC-A 120: Quirky Doors

    In photography, we notice the surface first. The color and texture of things help us imagine what’s beneath. Doors, part of a building’s skin, have this appeal. They suggest how long a structure has been around and what sort of fellows live inside. They are details that fascinate Lomographers, judging from the many LC-A 120 snaps of intriguing entrances.

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • Five Remarkable Music Videos Shot with the LomoKino

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-08-13 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Five Remarkable Music Videos Shot with the LomoKino

    As this list would prove, the LomoKino has captured not only the hearts of analog filmmakers within the Lomography community, but also professionals outside of it. We've dug through our archive to present to you some of the best LomoKino music videos from all over the globe to have come to our attention.

  • Photographer Wilson Lee Shoots Portraits with the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens

    written by karykary on 2015-07-29 in #people #lifestyle #lomoamigos
    Photographer Wilson Lee Shoots Portraits with the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens

    Photographer Wilson Lee of Teeny Life Photography specializes in travel and portrait photography. He has tried shooting with the Petzval 85 Art Lens and Minitar-1 Art Lens previously, and now shares refreshing portraits shot with the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens. He shares his Petzval experience in this exclusive interview.

  • Portraits, Lights, Instant Photos, and Weird Faces

    written by antoniocastello on 2015-03-06 in #gear #lifestyle
    Portraits, Lights, Instant Photos, and Weird Faces

    In New York City, winter has been harsh and long, the nights long and cold, and shooting outside is not fun anymore. So when the Lomo'Instant Boston Edition hit the shelves this week and the new Splitzer arrived at the Lomography Gallery Store New York, we decided to do a round of light painting portraits instead of sunny ones.

  • Shop News

    Check Revolog 36exp Plexus Effects!

    Check Revolog 36exp Plexus Effects!

    Feeling experimental? We have the perfect film for you. Load up a roll of Revolog Plexus 200 on your favorite 35mm camera and shoot as you normally would.

  • Newcomer of the Week: nickt

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-07-05 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Newcomer of the Week: nickt

    Niccolò Turetta started taking photographs on film at a young age. Looking for tips on making better images, he stumbled upon the website and eventually joined the community as a motivation to further improve his craft. Let's all welcome our newcomer of the week from Torreglia, Italy, nickt!

  • September 2015 Callout for Contributions

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-09-11 in #world #news
    September 2015 Callout for Contributions

    It's Tipstember! For this month, we will be awarding 25 fat piggies to every tipster article that gets published on the Lomography Magazine. You can share tips on composition, lighting, film experiments and camera modifications; or maybe techniques for shooting portraits, landscapes, still life and even wildlife! If you don't have tricks up your sleeve, however, you can still contribute to the Magazine and let your voice be heard. Here are some suggestions.

  • Newcomer of the Week: billseye

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-06-14 in #world #lifestyle
    Newcomer of the Week: billseye

    Having a professional photographer in the family paved a way for Bill to start taking interest in photography early on. In this interview, he shares more about how he discovered the community and his passion for shooting analog. Let's all welcome our newcomer of the week from USA, billseye!