His LomoHome says that he is somewhere, somehow, "lost in print" yet in a way, has found himself in our analogue-loving Community!
Coming from Illinois, Brendan has found an online abode in our Community as he shares his Lomographs, read articles, and meet people from various parts of the world. With this he continues to discover the crazy yet fun world of Lomography! Learn more about this week’s newcomer in our interview with him!
Name: Brendan Shanley
Lomography Home: http://www.lomography.com/homes/lostinprint
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Current film cameras: Lomo LC-Wide, Lomo Sprocket Rocket, Lomo Diana+, Lomo Fisheye Baby 110, Kodak Motormatic 35F
How did you find out about the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I picked up my first Lomo camera nearly five years ago—a Diana+. At that time, Lomography didn’t have a gallery store in Chicago. Luckily for me there were other developing labs that allowed me to experiment with processing and cross-processing. Once the Chicago Gallery Store was up and running, I was able to attend workshops and talk with other film lovers. Developing my film at the Lomography Store made it easy to move photographs in my Lomography Home and soon thereafter I was hooked on the Community.
Any inspirations when it comes to taking film photographs?
My two biggest inspirations are the Lomography Community online and the community I live in. Searching through the Community via tags helps me see what some of the possible results can be with different camera/ffilm combinations. Having this knowledge allows me to start conceiving ways I can put my own twist on the photographs I make. Where film is my canvas, the Community I live in is my palette, and is constantly informing my photographs.
Any song or movie you live by?
I draw a lot of inspiration from the movie Almost Famous. A young boy takes matters into his own hands and follows his passions against all reasonable odds. There are many things in life that we may not be the best at when we first try them. However, if we continue to do what interests us and in essence “fake it till we make it,” we give ourselves the opportunity to become great.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
If I didn’t apply this rule I wouldn’t be able to apply any others so I have to go with Rule Number 1: Take your camera everywhere you go. Although I’d probably revise it to “Take your cameras.” People who are passionate about photography should understand that more than one camera is usually required if you’re going to make different sorts of images.
In this digital age, why still film?
This is obvious. It’s the same reason some people still love playing a favorite LP in vinyl format. Far too often the convenience of digital media makes things too disposable. I don’t mean that in regards to film we shouldn’t be shooting like crazy all the time. What I do mean is that we should enjoy the process and the thought behind it. Just like when you invite some friends over and put an album on and just let it play. When it reaches the end of Side-A, you have to flip it over and are forced to interact with it. After you push the shutter you have to make the decision to advance the film or go for a double or even triple exposure — so intense. By incorporating analogue into our lives more and more, we force ourselves to be more mindful of what we’re doing and will enjoy doing our favorite things even more.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
Personally, I’m excited to share this craft with people around the world. The Lomography Community isn’t confined by borders or languages. Not only will I be able to learn about how other people are documenting their journey through life, I’ll be able to enjoy the photographs they make in doing so. I’ll see places I’ve never been from all sorts of perspectives. Likewise, I’ll be sharing mine. I’m also really hoping to be a part of some international film swaps.
Your favorite analogue camera as of the moment?
I’m currently obsessed with the Lomo LC-Wide. I’ve had one for about a month now and I bring it everywhere. I love how compact it is. It’s fast to focus and it has plenty of options to keep me thinking of new combinations to make my next set of photographs. I’m currently experimenting with the half-frame insert and pushing the light meter around for multiple exposures.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
Even though I already own the LC-Wide I’m particularly interested in the LC-A+. The tighter focal depth seems like it might allow for photos to be less invasive. Don’t get me wrong, getting up close is awesome with the LC-Wide but for shooting subjects like birds it can be difficult to get close enough. The additional focus distances seem like they would be a blast to experiment with as well.
Your favorite section or page in our Lomography site?
I really enjoy the Tipster section. It’s a wonderfully curated collection of tips and tricks for making more interesting photos. What’s especially awesome is that members of the Community can submit their own articles via their blog section so we can all learn from one another. I hope to write some tips of my own as I continue to shoot and experiment more.
Share your current favorite Lomograph (could be yours or a friend’s) and explain why it is your favorite.
This is probably the toughest question I’ll be answering. I decided to reference one of my own Lomographs because it holds a lot of meaning to me personally…
Pictured is a black and white lomograph of a ferris wheel shot at a Navy Pier in Chicago. This was one my earliest experiences shooting with my Diana+ camera or any film camera that wasn’t disposable for that matter. I fell in love with the simplicity of the camera and the toy-like nature of the plastic lens. This may not currently be my favorite lomograph, but it is one that I can always go back to as a reminder to how magical film is.
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!