LomoAmigo Michael Schwanzer Shoots with the Lomo LC-A+

Meet our latest LomoAmigo, Michael Schwanzer - a web entrepreneur who has recently discovered the Lomo LC-A+, and now he carries it everywhere, all the time! A digital person with a heart for analogue photography - interesting, eh? Read more about him and have a look at his amazing gallery!

Name: Michael Schwanzer
LomoHome: http://lomography.com/homes/openideas
Link: http://www.openideas.eu and http://michael.schwanzer.info
Twitter: http://twitter.com/mschwanzer
City: Vienna
Country: Austria
Camera : Lomo LC-A+

Tell the community a bit about yourself. What do you do or what do you wish you did?
I’m just a wannabe web entrepreneur trying to change the world a bit every day by connecting people with good ideas on the website http://openideas.eu. The Internet gives us the chance to spread ideas that are very efficient around the globe and I wanted to build a tool that supports publishing and collaboration of those. Just like opensource for Software, openideas should be for ideas. Improving openideas.eu is now my main focus after I finished my studies, having my final exams in 3 weeks. I am very happy doing what I “try” to do – no wishes for anything else right now.

How long have you been a Lomographer (or are you new to this whole thing)?
New? Me? Yes – very new. Haven’t taken more than 5 rolls of film so far. But I am sold! I Carry the Lomo LC-A+ around all the time =)

Wow! A digital guy in the midst of a big new analogue world! How has the transition been for you so far? How would you describe your experience with film, a camera you must wind and waiting to see your photos?!
Until some weeks ago, I just had the camera in my mobile phone and was happy how easy it is to publish those pictures I take immediately online and that I have it always with me because it is in my phone, etc. Then I discovered Lomography and started taking REAL photos. I realized that what I did before with my mobile was just documenting things, not caring about angles, light, centering, film! I was never really taking photos before I got the LC-A+ – now I enjoy it as an experience, having limits again because of the film, the waiting time until it its developed and then the moment you hold them in your hands. HOLD THEM IN YOUR HANDS – that was quite new to me =)

Now that you are shooting with a different perspective what do you think about when you shoot a photo? What is it about capturing an image on film that you like?

Photography must be magic – you can actually make a slice of time yours! A perfect moment on a square piece of plastic. It is going to be there forever if it is developed, but before then, it can be destroyed forever by something as beautiful as a sunbeam. As well, I have found slide film! I did not know that there is something like that out there. It gives a shot very a special kind of color called “awesome”. Furthermore the texture is amazing it must be some kind of 3D ninja magic happening there.

So you like online communities, you like taking great shots with slide film, and you like to share your ideas and passions! What do you think about the Lomography Community then?
Haven’t poked around on the Lomo community online too much so far … will do that now (note to self: update profile). But, the real world community seems splendid. Lomography connects people, if you see someone on the street with a Lomo camera, you can be sure that you can say hi and talk about cameras & pictures with them. Don’t try that with digital camera strangers. As well, strangers will ask you about this cool camera you got – even while changing the film in the tram, because they haven’t seen that in a while. Lomography brings people back together in the real world because they can see that they have something in common. At openideas we try something very similar, we give people something (a tool in this case, not a camera) to offer encourgament to others with a common passion or goal.

Describe the LC-A+ in five words.
No, need, for, digital, camera!

If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be (song title & artist please).

Fast & Furious – Jiri Malakoff
The Prayer – Bloc Party
Human – The Killers

Picture yourself somewhere right now with your Lomo LC-A+ camera and a sack of film, surrounded by people you love in the most inspiring location you can imagine… where are you?
On a spaceship? On a tropical island? On Mount Everest? At TED Conference? Don’t know really, I guess if I have my friends, my Lomo LC-A+ and a sack of film with me, it does not really matter where we are…

What are your planes like for the near future? Anything exciting you would like to share with us?
In times of Youtube, Facebook or Myspace people think that setting up a business online is all about being bought by Google. But my plan is why not have a stable service for other people (just like the little Italian place around the corner that you like so much) which you really want to run on your own cause you love to do what you do. That is what I do right now – just no one orders pizza from me yet. But in the future I look forward seeing my tool helping others with their ideas.

Your advice to future Lomo LC-A+ shooters.
Just shoot it! You can do no wrong with this camera. Get some slide film (my tip), good weather and look forward to the awesome feeling when you hold the developed photos in your hands. I never thought I could take pictures like that and believed you need Photoshop anyway to get those results. This camera thought me a lesson.

Which is your favourite photo in the album & why?

Showing Yppenplatz in Vienna that is under refurbishment right now and looks abandoned, but is it, really? It is just this angle that shows no people but actually it was very busy all around the construction site. Looking at the photo makes you think there is no one there, but reality it was different. Taking a picture lets you choose the angle and it can be quite powerful to NOT show things.

written by plainjane on 2010-03-08 in #people #lomoamigos #interview #michael-schwanzer #lc-a #lomo-amigos

More Interesting Articles

  • LC-A 120 LomoAmigo: Michael Sullivan

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-05-08 in #people #lomoamigos
    LC-A 120 LomoAmigo: Michael Sullivan

    Gloucestershire-based photographer Michael Sullivan loves to shoot film. Recently Michael shot with the Lomo LC-A 120 loaded with color negative and Lomography Xpro Slide Film, and the results were quite fabulous. Meet the man behind the camera here.

  • 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. Here's an exclusive interview, along with a several fantastic shots by the talented UK-based photographer.

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Jonathan Daniel Pryce

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-06-15 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Jonathan Daniel Pryce

    Jonathan Daniel Pryce is a talented young photographer based in London who specializes in men’s fashion and street photography. His work has been featured in Grazia, Glamour, GQ and Vogue. In 2012 he started a personal project to document 100 Beards in 100 Days, a 100-day mission to photograph bearded men in London. Recently, he had the opportunity to shoot with the Lomography Petzval 85 Art Lens.

  • Shop News

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    Satisfy your hunger for creative snap-shooting with this lens package made especially for Micro 4/3 digital cameras! Don't miss the 20% discount!

  • 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.

  • Petzval LomoAmigo Chris Pollard

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-12-08 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo Chris Pollard

    Chris Pollard is a fashion photographer who, despite his exposure to the fast-paced world of runways and fashion, still has a passion for film photography. He expressed a keen interest in testing the New Petzval Lens, and we were more than glad to let him try it for himself. He shares photos ad answers a few questions in this exclusive feature.

  • LomoAmigo: Russell Darling

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-03-18 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Russell Darling

    Russell Darling is one of our Lomography UK regulars. He is a big part of our community of film fanatics and regularly joins our workshops and events. In this interview, we asked him about his experience shooting with the Lomo LC-A 120, as well as his work as visual effects practitioner for films such as "Star Wars," "Twilight," and "Godzilla."

  • Shop News

    Fuji Instax Wide 300

    Fuji Instax Wide 300

    Shoot wider and bigger with this new instax camera that has film format twice the size of the instax mini films!

  • 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.

  • Lomo'Instant Light Painting LomoAmigo: Ian Hobson

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-08-18 in #people #lifestyle #lomoamigos
    Lomo'Instant Light Painting LomoAmigo: Ian Hobson

    Ian Hobson is a photographer based in the United Kingdom who specialises in light paintings. He recently tested the Lomo'Instant with his Pixelstick - an unbeatable light painting combo! Here are some of his amazing shots, as well as a few pointers on light painting and shooting at night.

  • LomoAmigo: Paul White

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-04-20 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Paul White

    Paul White is a South East London-based hip-hop producer with tons of energy and a penchant for film photography. He recently released his fifth album on the mighty R&S label. We decided to arm him with a Sprocket Rocket to shoot his adventures with. Read the full interview and see his images here.

  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • Coloring Outside the Lines with LomoAmigo Tim Kerr

    written by jacobs on 2015-02-16 in #people #lomoamigos
    Coloring Outside the Lines with LomoAmigo Tim Kerr

    We recently had the great opportunity to interview our latest LomoAmigo, Tim Kerr. While his repertoire stretches back to the late 1970's and includes that of musician, artist, painter, photographer, skater and many other things, he just prefers Tim! We gave him a La Sardina DIY, which he not only added his own style to, but shot some excellent photos with as well. Rife with candid and thoughtful answers, we expect everyone will glean a nugget of wisdom and leave with a smile.

  • LomoAmigos: Lily and Madeleine

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-27 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigos: Lily and Madeleine

    Lily & Madeleine are sisters from Indianapolis who have charmed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with their heavenly harmonies. They are just about to release their new album titled "Fumes." Lomography caught up with them on a recent trip to the United Kingdom and gave them each a La Sardina camera to shoot with. Meet them after the jump.

  • LomoAmigo LomoKev Tests the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-06-03 in #people #lifestyle #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo LomoKev Tests the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens

    Kevin Meredith, more popularly known as LomoKev, is a photographer based in Brighton, England who gained notoriety for his use of the Lomo LC-A and his lomographic style of creating images. Aside from a plethora of personal and commercial projects, he has also conducted workshops on photography, written and published photography-related books, and participated in a few exhibits. With his evident passion for photography, it comes as no surprise that he was selected to test a prototype of the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens.