Newcomer of the Week: Olivesan


Film photography gives her a smorgasbord of emotions that she can't help but cling into it; drawing her closer inch by inch, leaving her in awe that eventually translates into passion.

Then she discovered the Community that made these emotions bigger and indeed, better. A place to share Lomographs and be inspired — why not join, right? We sure are happy that this lady from Vietnam came across this experience because aside from the impressive Lomographs that she shares, she’s also here to tell us about her film story as she is this week’s newcomer! Let’s say welcome to Nguyễn!

Credits: olivesan

Name: Nguyễn Minh Ngọc
Lomography Home:
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam.
Current film cameras: Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim and a Lomography Konstruktor which is in the process of being re-assembled.

Please tell us a little something about yourself.

I’m unpredictable; sometimes in a good mood, sometimes crazy.

How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?

I knew about Lomography through Analogue House – a distributor of Lomo cameras in Vietnam. When I searched for the website, I found it impossible to leave. There are so many nice photos that astonished me. Gradually, I discovered more great articles and tips from the creative Community. Now you could say I’m addicted to it.

Credits: olivesan

As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?

Rule #10 : Don’t worry about any rules. I’m not the kind of person who obeys the rules. It’s good that the number 10 rule exists to relax with.

In this digital age, why still film?

Films bring me more feelings that digital can’t do; excitement when looking through a tiny square (viewfinder) – no worrying about results while clicking the shutter button – but then thrill while curiosity waiting for the development – and finally a bit of disappointment, regret or even enormous happiness and surprise with the turn-out of the photos!

Vietnam street scenes.

Moreover, I like the colors, the vignette, the light leaks, the grain and any other imperfect factors of film.

Any song or movie you live by? Please share.

“…When you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you…”

What are you looking forward to in our Community?

The endless passion for film. That’s what I also anticipate in myself.

Your favorite analogue camera as of the moment? Why?

My Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim, my first film camera. I like to bring this light and lovely analogue friend everywhere I go. It’s very easy to shoot with and to look through the wide-angle viewfinder.

What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?

An LC-A+. I can’t remember the meaning of the “A+” but to me, “A” stands for Awesome. A few months ago, a kind friend of mine, hungle, lent me his LC-A+ for my trip to Hongkong. I had the opportunity to create my first double and multiple exposures. The results are more wonderful than I imagined! If I’ll own it someday, I’d play with the splitzer for sure.

Hong Kong snaps with the LC-A+.

Your favorite section or page in our Lomography site?

I like reading the Analogue Lifestyle and Lomo Amigo sections to get inspired by the stories as well as experiences of the LomoGurus and Amigos all over the world. Of course, their artworks can’t be missed.

Please hare your current favorite Lomograph. Why?

This is the hardest question ever because there are tons of beautiful photos from the Community that I like and admire. But if I have to choose one, I will pick this funny photo. I can’t help but laugh after reading the description.

Credits: flyaway

From LomoHome flyaway It’s a perfect sunny day on Cua Dai beach and I was feeling trigger happy. This shot was taken with an LC-A+ with splitzer split top and bottom half. I had framed the shot in mind and specifically instructed my boyfriend to capture the top half with my upper body in it, and the bottom half with my lower body. I was thinking the slight misalignment in my upper & lower body could turn out interesting. As usual, he NEVER listens. To my horror, he had chopped off my body completely! Well I do not have the figure of a model, but little did I expect that he’d create a monster out of me!!! I posted this as a Halloween picture and my friends love it! On any other occasion, it’s a disaster.

It’s true that with Lomography, you not just get surprised but also have lots of fun!

Are you new in this Community? Wanna say hello? Then drop me a line at and you might just be our next Newcomer of the Week!

written by mayeemayee on 2013-09-22 in #lifestyle #videos #community-feature #olivesan #newcomer-of-the-week


  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Congrats @olivesan =)

  2. lostlittlekid
    lostlittlekid ·

    Congrats my friend! :D @olivesan

  3. impatcat
    impatcat ·

    Congrats @olivesan :)))

  4. mayeemayee
    mayeemayee ·

    Thank you for this interview, @olivesan! :)

  5. olivesan
    olivesan ·

    To all my friends @hervinsyah @lostlittlekid @impatcat, thank you so much and have a nice week ahead! <3
    Thank you @mayeemayee! Your introduction means a lot to me :D

  6. awesomesther
    awesomesther ·

    awesome one @olivesan ! :D

  7. olivesan
    olivesan ·

    @awesomesther I wish I could change my LomoHome name to "awesomeolive" :))

  8. olivesan
    olivesan ·

    @awesomesther oops, and thank you Esther! :P

  9. olivesan
    olivesan ·

    @awesomesther oops, thank you Esther! :P

  10. awesomesther
    awesomesther ·

    @olivesan :D I think your current name is cute :P

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