The Much-Loved LomoKev is the Now a LomoAmigo

5

Years have gone by and for some reason the well-known, much-loved LomoKev has never been a LomoAmigo. He has finally joined the club and is now one. Get to know the highly talented Lomographer, LomoKev!

Self-portrait on LC-Wide

Hi, Kev! Kindly introduce yourself and tell us about your work.

I have a real passion for photography which developed into a career. Originally I carried a camera everywhere I went which does not seem so special now but in the ‘90s it was unique, as affordable digital cameras and camera phones did not exist. Because I was shooting so much in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s when Flickr launched 10 years ago I was able to post the best of my photos for the past eight years and I quickly gained notoriety. I write about photography and have written three books to date and blog regularly. I also teach photography at various universities and colleges as well as privately.

Brighton christmas day swim. Shot on Nikonos V with Kodak Portra 400 VC.
Early morning swimming with Dave at Brighton Swimming Club. Shot on Nikonos V with Kodak Portra 400 VC.

How did you get involved in shooting with Lomography cameras?

It was in 1998 that I started to hear about the Lomo LC-A. It seems funny to think back then Lomography sold only the LC-A and the Action Sampler. At that time I was about to take a trip to New York and wanted a camera that I could carry everywhere and shoot at night with; the LC-A fit the bill perfectly. This was before internet shopping was widespread so if you wanted a LC-A in the UK you had to get in touch with the UK Lomo Embassy and make the pilgrimage to Rosebery Avenue to pick up a camera.

Low down in Japan shot on an LCA

Do you shoot in analogue and digital formats? How do you feel about the differences between the two?

I do use both. I am lucky to have a range of digital cameras from a Canon 5D Mark III and Samsung Galaxy NX which is a small DSLR-style camera that runs Android. This means I can take high quality images and post photos to the internet straight from the camera which means I never take lower quality pictures on my phone anymore.

When it comes to what I carry with me everyday I usually carry three cameras: two Lomo LC-As, one loaded with Kodak Portra 400 and another with slide film for cross processing and the Galaxy NX. There are definitely situations where I shoot exclusively digitally like when I’m trying to capture action and I need to shoot lots of images. Shooting in this situation would unfortunately be too expensive on film. What I love about shooting film is I find it less work. I will pick a particular film type because I know the aesthetic that it will give me. Once I get my scanned CDs back from the lab all I have to do is remove a few specks of dust maybe adjust the color balance slightly and I am done. With digital images I find it much more of a chore post-processing because a digital file is a starting point aesthetically.

Running to the water one winter morning. Shot on a Canon Eos 5D mark 1.

What are some of your favorite subjects?

Brighton Swimming Club swimming in the snow is pretty special for obvious reasons. Also Brighton Swimming Club in general – it’s full of such characters, you have to be a character to want to swim in the sea all year round. I am not that big into fashion myself but I appreciate other people’s appreciation of it. I have been taking street style pictures in a montage style for getting on for five years now which can be seen on my"trend spotting blog":http://fragmentedportraits.tumblr.com/. They’re all shot on a Lomo LC-A.

They don’t call you LOMOKev for nothing—do you have any tips you can pass on to other Lomographers out there?

I’ve been using the LC-A for 16 years now so I have picked up a few tips along the way. This is not so much a Lomo tip but more of a general photo tip. One of the things that I am most evangelical about is backgrounds. It’s not always possible to consider the background in an image like if you’re trying to capture something in the spur of the moment. But if you pay equal attention to the main subject of what’s in your view finder as what is in the background, you will see the quality of your images increase.

I think images with people in them make the most interesting photos— you can only go so far taking photos of yourself and close friends. It’s always good to branch out and start shooting strangers so you need to get over the fear of shooting people outside your social group. Once you build up your confidence in shooting strangers you approach, you will really see your photography develop.

I could write tips all day but I think I will cheekily recommend people check out my books and tutorial posts on my website.

In addition to Kev’s website, you can also check out some of his photos over at his LomoHome.

The Lomo LC-A+ is known worldwide for its amazing features: automatic exposure, extended ISO range, and multiple and long exposure capabilities. Get your own Lomo LC-A+ now!

written by ferren on 2014-01-30 in #people #lomoamigos

5 Comments

  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    The legend. I still think about shoot stranger outside of my social group. Thanks @lomokev for the tipster =D

  2. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    well played sir, well played...

  3. ginnys
    ginnys ·

    Your "Hot Shots" book helped me finding my passion about analog photography again. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book @lomokev!

  4. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    Congrats!

  5. mmxi
    mmxi ·

    Congratulations, mate, they've also wrote similar article in their iPad magazine.

More Interesting Articles

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Lomokev

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-11-06 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Lomokev

    By now most of you would have heard of Lomokev, one of the UK's most prolific film photographers. Based in Brighton, Lomokev loves to shoot with the trusty LC-A and his work has been featured in numerous publications and projects. We lent him a Petzval lens and asked him a few questions about what makes him tick. Here's an exclusive interview, along with a several fantastic shots by the talented UK-based photographer.

    2
  • Sprocket Rocket: First Love Never Dies

    written by jokelangens on 2014-07-20 in #reviews
    Sprocket Rocket: First Love Never Dies

    The Lomography Sprocket Rocket - my first analogue camera ever - and I have had some troubled times behind us. We have been involved in a stormy love-hate relationship for several years. But in the end, we luckily managed to get over ourselves and overcome our problems. Now he's my old time favorite. Old love never rusts, that is.

  • LomoAmigo Asher Moss Tries the Lomo'Instant

    written by antoniocastello on 2014-12-10 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo Asher Moss Tries the Lomo'Instant

    We love Asher Moss' work. He's been our LomoAmigo for quite some time and is always eager to try new stuff. We recently gave him the Lomo'Instant camera to experiment with, and here are some of his shots.

  • Shop News

    Build your own analog SLR Camera!

    Build your own analog SLR Camera!

    With a list of fine accessories it´s not only fun to build but also great to shoot with! Check out the enhanced, flash compatible version now!

  • LomoAmigo: Stephen Dowling Tests the LC-A 120

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-01-14 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Stephen Dowling Tests the LC-A 120

    Previously a music journalist, Stephen Dowling now writes for the BBC. If that isn't interesting enough, London-based writer is also passionate about film photography. He has blog called zorkiphoto where he writes about all his favourite cameras and film types. The folks over at Lomography UK lent him an LC-A 120 and, as you'll see in a bit, he managed to get some wonderful shots.

    2
  • Lomo'instant LomoAmigo: Martin Smith

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-02-17 in #people #news #lifestyle #locations #lomoamigos
    Lomo'instant LomoAmigo: Martin Smith

    Martin Smith is a London based film photography fan who was one of the first people to receive the Lomo'instant from the Kickstarter Campaign. Since then he's been avidly shooting around town. Martin chatted to us about his love for instant photography and showed us some of his excellent shots. Read on for the full interview.

    1
  • LomoAmigo Reuben Wu Shoots with the Lomo LC-A+ RL

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-10-18 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo Reuben Wu Shoots with the Lomo LC-A+ RL

    Reuben Wu fascinates, both with his splendid photographs and the music he churns out for electronic band Ladytron, or when he's doing a solo gig as a DJ. He's also one heck of a nice guy, who, despite being ultra-talented, has been gracious enough to grant another interview and share more of his amazing photos,which were taken with the Lomo LC-A+ with Russian lens.

    2
  • 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!

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Dale McCready

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-02-18 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Dale McCready

    Dale McCready is a cinematographer working in the film/ TV industry and has worked on programmes such as Doctor Who and Merlin. He was one of our supporters for the Petzval Kickstarter campaign and recently used the lens to film for a new BBC drama, which is due out in March. Dale kindly shared some of his Petzval photographs with us and talked about his love for this lens. Read on for the full interview.

  • LomoAmigo: Susanna Brown

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-01-26 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Susanna Brown

    Susanna Brown is the Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She curated the exhibition "Horst: Photographer of Style" as well as recent V&A shows "Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography" and "Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton." We lent her an LC-A+ to test out her own photography skills and asked her a few questions about this fascinating job.

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Biking with Anton

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-09-26 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Biking with Anton

    ANTON is an award-winning portrait photographer based in the United Kingdom. He was a semi-finalist for Hasselblad Master in 2010 and was named ‘Photographer of the Year’ in the Southeast by the BIPP in 2012. He is a big fan of Lomography and recently photographed fans with their favourite camera in our Soho Store. We lent him a Petzval lens and crownd him out latest LomoAmigo! Read on for more

  • Shop News

    Take the Harpy on a ride!

    Take the Harpy on a ride!

    Take your camera on a safe ride with your bike. This sturdy ZKIN leather bag protects your Diana F+ sized cameras and Lens. Remove the loops and you have a stylish shoulder bag!

  • LomoGuru of the Week: trash-gordon-from-outerspace

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-08-17 in #lifestyle
    LomoGuru of the Week: trash-gordon-from-outerspace

    He is a graphic designer from Kassel, Germany who has been a Community member for about a decade. His ten-year stay has been remarkably fruitful. Aside from honing his photography skills, it is in this Community of ours where he met his girlfriend, made a lot of friends, and helped organize a huge weekend meet-up for fellow lomographers. Say hello to Daniel Lauterbach, also known as trash-gordon-from-outer-space, our LomoGuru of the Week!

    12
  • Our Surprise LC-A 120 Photo Discovery – Dopic’s Fantastic Japan Snapshots

    written by tomas_bates on 2014-10-16 in #news
    Our Surprise LC-A 120 Photo Discovery – Dopic’s Fantastic Japan Snapshots

    Recently, we’ve been digging through all our LC-A 120 negatives from when we first started testing the new camera. During this search, we had our very own finding Vivian Maier moment when we unearthed a bunch of photos shot by the super-talented dopic whilst he was on vacation in Japan last year. We totally love these shots and couldn’t resist sharing them with you!

    2
  • Petzval Artist: James Nader

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-07-16 in #people #lomoamigos

    James Nader is a UK-based Fashion and Editorial photographer. He started his career in photography shooting with film, processing and developing his work by hand. He now works on high end fashion shoots and has photographed the likes of Dita Von Teese and Richard Branson. James still has a passion for film photography and uses it regularly. We lent him a Petzval lens to shoot with and he has kindly given us a full, in depth review of this beautiful portrait lens. Say hello to James Nader.