Most of his life revolves around education and art so it is no doubt that he eventually picks photography as a part of his already creative self.
A hobbyist, an educator, and most of all a family man, this guy from Mexico has been in the rounds of our Community for eight years already. He might have lost his way in the analogue world before but we’re glad that he’s back with a LomoKino in his hand! Let’s hear what holgardo has to say about the glorious analogue movie maker as he is this week’s LomoKino LomoAmigo!
Name: Leonardo Godínez Dávila
Lomography Username: holgardo
Location: León de los Aldama, Guanajuato, México
Number of years as a Lomographer: 8
Number of years in the Community: 8
Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your interests?
I worked as a Language and Math teacher for about ten years. Nowadays, I run my own business by selling books, educational materials, and consulting services to schools. Besides that, I have been involved in photography for around a decade,
When I’m not working, I split my time between family (with Lesli, my wife, and Lilith, my daughter) and my creative projects (writing, drawing, cutting, painting, pasting and, of course, shooting film.) Music and literature play a huge role on my life. A book and tons of music on my MP3 [player] accompany me all the time.
Describe the LomoKino in five words.
Shoot, print, cut, paste, view.
How did you like shooting with the LomoKino?
What I love the most is being able to shoot random scenes then gathering frames from those films to find out a way of editing them together into a film.
His longest LomoKino movie to date entitled “Clapping Music (Steve Reich, 1972)”
What or who has inspired you to purchase and use the LomoKino?
I was in a creative impass for almost two years. I hardly shot any photograph during that time and my LomoHome was abandoned. Last year, I started using my cameras again (my beloved Holga and my beloved Minolta SRT 101) and came back to the Lomography Community.
I discovered de LomoKino camera and thought about buying one for some months. When I saw “The Incredible Story of Dr. Lomotnik” LomoKino film by arnaudmartin I said “That’s enough, I must have a LomoKino!”
Any funny or strange encounters you’ve had with it?
I was buying an expresso at a coffee shop with the LomoKino in my hands when some youngsters approached me and asked if this thing was a camera. I was surprised because (and this is one of the best features of the LomoKino) it doesn’t look like a camera. The guy was a photography student and he had never used film so we talked for about ten minutes about film and cameras. I hope the conversation motivated him to at least try film once.
Meet his adorable daughter in this film!
If you could shoot any person alive or dead (or imaginary) with your LomoKino, who would it be and why?
This questions are always tricky because if I choose someone like Woody Allen (he still uses film) or Jim Henson (this days I have been hearing The Muppets soundtrack) I’ll feel guilty for not choosing someone from my family. (My grandmother died a few years ago and I had not the chance to see her one last time.) So, to avoid feeling guilty or stupid, I have to answer that I would love to shoot someone imaginary, maybe the imaginary friend I never had.
Kindly share to us any LomoKino movie you love the most.
Any future plans with your LomoKino? More shoots or a full-length film perhaps?
Right now I’m working on some LomoKino experiments in split screen and by using musical scores as guides in editing my LomoKino films. I guess my works are quite abstract, but I would love to film a complete movie with a real story.
But what I really want to do is work on a movie with some other Lomographers. It would be great to edit footages from (just to mention a few LomoKino photographers) arnaudmartin, guanatos, maria_vlachou or Michael Raso from filmphotographyproject and mix it with my own footage.
Your advice to future LomoKino users.
Be careful with the shooter, it’s tricky and you can end with a totally black roll if you are not careful when loading and closing the LomoKino. Print your negative, cut the frames, and edit your film on the table. Alter your print or your negatives by analogue mediums before scanning.
Do you have something to say about your LomoKino experience? Then drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and you might be our next LomoKino LomoAmigo!
Enter a new analogue dimension with the LomoKino. Lomography’s own 35mm analogue movie camera allows you to capture action and immortalize your story on film! Shoot 144 frames on any 35mm film and create your own cinematic masterpieces. Want to watch your movie the old-school way? We also offer the LomoKino and LomoKinoscope package!