From raising a kid to migrating countries, this Lomographer has been through many experiences in his lifetime. And it's great to know that during these journeys, film photography has played a part.
He’s one kick-ass Lomographer and one cool dad! I’m pretty sure you’re familiar of his cute son’s snaps which is aside from being creative, are all very lovely, too. But that’s not all about this mister for that’s just the sweet icing on top. There sure is a bigger story about dannyedwards and his Lomographic life in which we are going to find out as he shares to us his LomoDiary.
Name: Daniel Edwards
*Lomography Username: dannyedwards
Location: East Yorkshire, England
Number of years as a Lomographer: 4
Number of years in the Community: 4-ish
Please tell us something about yourself. What are your interests? What do you do for a living?
I work as a CGI artist for a packaging artwork management company. I create 3D digital visuals for various publications. Here’s a 3D image of my Holga which I created; it’s an example of the type of thing I do.
I’ve always enjoyed being creative I suppose. As a child I was a compulsive doodler. After school I studied art and photography, in which later on came graphic design. I’m really into illustration and typography, too! Outside work, I just like to relax with my family. We like going to the beach, or walking through the woods, or spending time at home cooking and listening to music. I’m actually a big fan of piece and quiet.
Kindly relate to us any memorable experience you’ve had in relation to Lomography.
I have only met a few people from the Community and I’ve not made any close friends outside of sharing a passion for photography. I haven’t really put myself out in that way. When I started Lomography I was living in Singapore. I suppose I regret not throwing myself into the Community then and making some more friends while I was still there. I’m just not that sociable really, or maybe I’m shy!
[Well] I didn’t meet my wife, Laura, through Lomography since she has no real interest in photography! Although she enjoys seeing my pictures and appreciates the arts, she would never think of picking-up a camera and taking a photo. I actually quite like that we’re different like that — we’ve been together since we were teenagers so we must be doing something right!
Tell us a story in which Lomography or the Lomographic Community has been a great part of. We’ll be glad to hear it.
It’s really down to Lomography and its Community that I got back into photography. In Singapore, it seemed like everyone had these ridiculously big cameras with three foot long lenses and they all seemed to be taking pictures of the same thing! I wanted to do something different with my pictures and that’s why when I picked up a Holga, while looking around my favourite book store called Page One, I knew I had found my new hobby. I had shot film before and worked in a photography studio where we used Hasselblads and Mamiyas but I didn’t realise that people were still shooting film.
What are the emotions that best explain this story you have? What are your thoughts about it?
All kinds of emotions, actually. I miss living in Asia and thinking about it makes me think of all the cool places I should have visited while I could. But without going and living there for two years I might not have discovered Lomography – I might still be shooting with my DSLR. :-/
If ever this experience did not happen, will your life (or yourself) be the same as before?
Living in another country really opens your eyes, it’s an experience which is invaluable and I’m forever changed because if it.
We see that your little boy is your usual photography subject, do you think you’d eventually pass on this hobby to him?
Yes, our boy Stan is indeed my main subject! He’s starting to get a little bit fed up of me always taking his picture! I’m not sure if he’ll continue this hobby but I’m sure he’ll dabble as he’s very creative and has a very imaginitive mind — he’s bulit some brilliant spaceships with his Lego!
It’s been great documenting his growing up on film. He’s 5 now and at school, and in some of my early albums he’s still wearing a nappy and only just walking.
Any future plans you have that you will let Lomography play a part?
Yes! In the coming weeks I’ll be displaying some prints for a friend who is opening a really nice country pub. I’ve been shooting lots of pictures around the area where the pub is to try and capture the local countryside as a theme. I’ve also been talking to local galleries and will be having a little show of some of my work some time next year. I’ve been stocking up on medium format film in advance as I’m planning to do the whole show with just my Holga.
Please share a song or a movie that has made an impact in your personal life. Why this?
Soooo many songs and movies have influenced my life! Some of my favourite movies are: Pulp Fiction, City of God, Trainspotting, Leon [the Professional] and O Brother, Where art Thou? I enjoy music by The Beach Boys, Otis Redding and Massive Attack amongst others. But if I had to share one song that I love it would be To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra. It’s emotional, dark and haunting, and still somehow an absolutely beautiful song. Everyone should have it in their collection.
Daniel handpicked five Lomographs for us, all which best narrates his LomoDiary. Enjoy!
A really recent picture shot on my Polaroid SX-70. I shot this at a beach that I go to quite a lot. I was walking alongside the horse for quite a while and the rider told me that he’d stop while I take a photo but his horse was getting freaked out by the water, so I just shot it while walking. I like creating dreamy or surreal pictures and this one turned out better than I had hoped as the background got bleached out hence leaving just a tiny bit of reflection. I also like how the brown splodge artifact kind of looks like mountains in the background!
This creepy tree is something I photograph all the time! It’s on a woodland area near to where I live and we go there often. I’ve got a hundred plus photos of it now and will probably do a photobook of all my favourite pictures of it at some point. It’s just so aesthetically pleasing! It’s like a drawing from a graphic novel. It’s actually very tall too, around 30 feet. The only shame is that there’s a golf course putting green right next to it hence all my pictures look upwards. And I kind of hate golf…
Rare action shot! I took this during a heavy drinking session with my friends to celebrate my birthday. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced snowfall like we had that night. We had been to my house drinking and we walked to our favourite pub about 30 mins. away but as we set off, the heavens opened and we walked in like five snowmen. Luckily the pub (Nellies), which hasn’t changed much since the 1800’s is full of cozy rooms with open fires and lots of ale! I shot the picture with my Olympus MJU-II during a cigarette break outside the pub after about six or seven pints!
This one is from a film swap I did with James Butler aka slimmer jimmer who’s not on Lomography but has a fantastic Flickr stream. I’ve loved his photos for years before I’d even joined Flickr so I was over the moon when I got a message from him asking if I’d like to shoot some doubles. It’s one of my favourite albums actually, despite not being one of my most popular. I have a framed print of the photo hanging in my dining room.
I loved this building in Singapore, the Pan Pacific. It was kind of futuristic but retro at the same time – it reminded me of the film Blade Runner for some reason. Anyway, everyone loves a Splitzer shot where you take the first shot then flip the camera and take the same shot. It’s really well with architecture and this was the perfect building to use as a subject. The redscale helps with the abstract surrealism, too!
That sure was one sweet story and thank you Daniel for sharing it to us. For more LomoDiaries, see our interviews here. Cheers!