LomoAmigo Interview: Alexis Coram

Alexis Coram is an English landscape photographer who currently lives in San Francisco. She is a spontaneous and adventurous photographer who has captured the moments of her road trips across the continent this past year.

Hi Alexis! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a spontaneous adventurer at heart. There are so many things I love about the world, and I like to be out there living it… sometimes I’ll stop for a second to make an image that captures the moment. I’m originally from a small town in the English Countryside but currently reside in San Francisco, CA. I have a pretty versatile interest in photography – I shoot what I see and what I like, which happens to be a lot of different stuff. I shoot mostly in digital but I love having the Lomo there for a little analogue escape. I have a pretty simple vision, really. I want to fill my eyes and my mind with beauty and share unique moments through photography. If a moment makes me smile, I want to pass the smile forward :)

Was this your first time playing in the world of Lomography, or have you done this all before?

Actually, this is my second Lomo camera. I picked up a really cool little Lomo Fisheye in 2011, right around the time I was getting into photography. I got some really neat images from that camera while I was living in Chicago. Here’s one of me and my camera shooting by the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park – this was a multi-exposure x3. It was great to play around with a different Lomo camera this time around and see the differences and similarities between the two. I’m hoping to build up a little collection.

Can you tell us a bit about these pictures?

These images have a special place in my heart. Each image represents a smile; a moment that made me stop for a second, stare for a second, breath for a second, and then shoot. I captured these during one of my road trips this year, which took me up into the Canadian Rockies, as well as many beautiful National Parks in the US. During this trip I slept in the back of my Jeep, I drove a lot, and I stopped when I saw something that captivated me. I learned a lot about myself, photography, and my fears, as well as getting to see so much of what makes North America amazing. I’m thrilled to have been able to capture that, both digitally and on film. These are memories I’ll have forever in my heart. I edited the images in Adobe Lightroom to play on the vintage feel of film. I really like how these turned out.

How did you get into photography in the first place?

I’ve always been a creative person and played around with various artistic mediums when I was growing up, from painting to poetry to drawing. So, photography seemed to be the next option for creative exploration. I bought my first digital SLR in 2010 and very quickly fell in love with the ability to capture moments, memories, and feelings in an instant. It’s been a fun ride and a very colorful learning experience. My style is constantly evolving as I try to discover and uncover my true artistic voice.

Give us a soundtrack to these pics! What three songs do you think best describe your images?

I’ll go with three random songs that I heard the most on my road trip because they, along with the images, provide some sweet reminders of my time on the road.

  1. Lady Gaga – Applause
  2. Sara Bareilles – Brave
  3. The 1975 – Chocolate

Where has been your favorite destination to photograph?

Ooh this is a really tough question. I could take this in so many directions – everywhere I’ve been has it’s own unique quality that sets it apart. I suppose if I pick the place that made me smile the most, I’d go with the Cloud/Rain Forest in Mindo, Ecuador. Such a diverse and astoundingly beautiful environment – I really felt a spiritual connection to everything I experienced there. I was only there for 3 short days and I spent most of that time in the Rain Forest, either hiking through endless trails peppered with the most glorious and secluded waterfalls, or watching bright and colorful birds playing in the trees a few feet away. A magical place indeed.

If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, and photograph the experience, who would you choose and why?

In a heartbeat, Vivian Maier. Such an incredible analogue artist who has left behind her an astoundingly beautiful and interesting body of work that made her famous after death. I would love to know if she had any idea just how talented she was. I really hope she knew.

What’s your favorite thing about our cameras?

The first thing that drew me in to Lomo was the cool play on light and coloring of images. In contrast to digital photography, I love the perfect imperfection of Lomo..the grit, the grain, the light leaks. I love the ease of multi-exposing and the various ways one can be creative with the images. I have so much to experiment with – Lomo is fun for a lifetime.

In an ever growing digital world, how was shooting with film?

Fun and unpredictable. It makes me nervous in a way. I get that “what if I didn’t get the shot” feeling. Obviously with digital, I can shoot a scene 36 or more times in order to get it right…with analogue, I’d be all out of film if I did that. :)

What’s your next big adventure?

My adventures tend to be quite spontaneous and last minute, so I’ll let you know when I figure it out :)

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written by ciaravesely on 2014-04-11 in #people #lomoamigos #road-trip #interview #lc-a #35mm-films #lomoamigo #adventure #alexis-coram

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