Petzval Artist: Thai Wedding Shoot by Arat aka Huge

Arat Komsawadichai aka Huge is a photographer from Thailand who is passionate about film photography. He used to be a regular at the Lomography Soho store and would often hang out in the shop and help customers out just because he's so crazy about film! Arat recently had the opportunity to shoot his brother's wedding using the Petzval Lens and LomoChrome Purple film, yielding fascinating results.

Photos: Arat

Tell us about yourself and how you got into photography?

Hello my name is Arat, but most people know me as Huge. I am from Thailand but currently live in the UK. I like to think of myself as an artist, not a photographer. I believe that by claiming you are a photographer people can pre-judge your work. I find that sometimes it leads them to look too much into the technical side, but to me it is not about having the sharpest image. I try to put as much of my personality into my work as possible. I think it is also important, especially when photographing people, to show the subject’s personality. I started getting involved with photography at a young age, I remember my sister giving me an LC-A some time ago. I’ve recently discovered that this camera had been hiding away in my room, having already bought myself an LC-A+ a few year earlier. Being young you lose interest in things easily. One time my family took a big road trip through Europe and I still remember to this day my brother jumping over some fences to take a picture of miniature houses and seeing the photo it looked as if it was real houses. I remember thinking I want to be able to do that.

Photos: Arat

When I was at boarding school I joined a photography club, it was run by our own boarding staff who took an interest in photography, it was very limited in terms of equipment. It still didn’t really catch on until I discovered Lomography about five years ago. It was Christmas and my cousin said to me he wanted to buy a camera for his girlfriend, I went to join him on this quest to find this mythical camera he’d been talking about. It was of course the LC-A+ but it still wasn’t what caught my eye, it was the Lubitel one of the staff had around his neck. I bought myself a Lubitel and from then on I pretty much never left the house without a camera. So to put it shortly, Lomography changed my life.

How was it shooting with the New Petzval lens?

First thing about the Petzval you should know, it is NOT a discreet lens (maybe in black, but it still stands out). I was getting crowded around left to right with people asking about what this four and a half inches of shiny gold in front of my camera. This isn’t a bad thing, it allowed me to connect with people and talk about the thing that I love, photography. Even though I’ve shot with this lens quite a bit already this was the first time I really put it through a good bit of abuse, I was shooting my brother’s wedding for him and put this lens to the test. It’s also great fun figuring out what works best with it and how well it can withstand a whole day of shooting non-stop. Shooting with the lens I found that it work best on analogue cameras.

Photos: Arat

What do you love about film photography?

Shooting it on film makes it more meaningful to me, the process more than anything, I feel it allows me to connect with the images. I also feel that it really does have a soul. It is a chemical reaction that happens when light hit that silver on your film, it captures the moment in time you decide to click the shutter. The feeling of hold and looking at your negative/positive/polaroid/wetplate, whatever it is, you’ve just shot and developed is never the same as staring at an SD card in your hand. However, to me it is not about digital vs. film, but both working together in harmony, the technology is there we should use it, it is the next step in technological advance of photography much like what film was when it was first introduced.

In your opinion, what makes the perfect portrait?

Perfect is a difficult one, for me it is maybe finding the imperfection that is more important. Because if we’ve reached perfection then what else are we working towards?

Photos: Arat

Have you had any difficult or challenging situations throughout your photography career?

The thing with photography in Thailand is that its pretty much been taken over by digital. So it is very hard for me to shoot analogue at home; the labs out there are not the best and there’s very limited choice in film. So I either have to take film with me, risking that monster of an x-ray machine or buy whatever is available. In a way though I think that may be a good thing. It forces me to use what I’ve got to the best of my ability.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Honestly ? I can’t answer that I’ll get back to you in 10 years.

Thanks for the interview, Arat!

written by hannah_brown on 2014-07-11 in #people #lomoamigos #wedding #lomography-gallery-store #eastlondon #petzval #huge #features #uk #35mm-films #analogue-photography #gallery-store #londonsoho #analogue-cameras

More Interesting Articles

  • Kamal Tung's Magnificent Black and White Portraits Shot with the Petzval Art Lens

    written by candilsw on 2015-03-06 in #people #lomoamigos
    Kamal Tung's Magnificent Black and White Portraits Shot with the Petzval Art Lens

    Kamal, a die-hard film photography fan, is a young, Singapore-based photographer. He is now working on a project, traveling around and shooting portraits for his friends. In this feature, he talks about how he works perfectly with the Lomography Petzval Art Lens and his passion for photography.

    1
  • The Petzval Experiment: An Interview with Brian Ho of thegaleria

    written by karenatsoi on 2015-07-11 in #people #reviews
    The Petzval Experiment: An Interview with Brian Ho of thegaleria

    Wedding photographer Brian Ho is no stranger to Lomography. He is in fact, a LomoAmigo. Again, he has embarked on a challenging and exciting project: shooting film and with the Petzval Lens.

    1
  • A Beautiful Wedding As Seen By The New Petzval 85 Art Lens

    written by shhquiet on 2015-06-30 in #gear #news
    A Beautiful Wedding As Seen By The New Petzval 85 Art Lens

    It's no secret that the New Petzval 85 Art Lens has been a witness to many special moments, including weddings. Recently, Juan Hoyos (aka antoniocastello in the community) used it to capture a colleague's lovely wedding, and he was gracious enough to share some of his gorgeous photos, which you can see below!

  • Shop News

    Pixelstick

    Pixelstick

    The most incredible lightpainting tool is here! Consists of 200 full color RGB LEDs in a lightweight aluminium housing will color your analogue world in different way! Create and animate different shades and shapes with the Pixelstick!

  • 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.

  • Shooting the Petzval Lens with Ian Taylor

    written by givesmehell on 2015-04-29 in #people #lomoamigos
    Shooting the Petzval Lens with Ian Taylor

    Canadian-born Ian Taylor is a full-time photographer specializing in kids and development work. It all started when his five siblings started having children at the same time he was into photography. This passion then spiraled into something amazing, and now Ian works primarily with kids, shooting them when they are in their purest form. Based in Asia, Ian has agreed to share this amazing series of photos he shot with his Petzval Art Lens in Cambodia and Thailand. He also shared with us some of his insights and views on photography.

  • 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

    Check the New Super Sampler Black Panther!

    Check the New Super Sampler Black Panther!

    The ultra-lightweight, low-maintenance 35mm camera that fits perfectly in your hand for some wild and spontaneous shooting!

  • Serendipity Exhibition by Toby Mason

    written by lomographysoholondon on 2015-09-10 in #world #events
    Serendipity Exhibition by Toby Mason

    Toby Mason (aka fotobes) is a Brighton-based photographer who embraces the aesthetics of film photography. He mostly shoots with the LC-A+ using a range of slide films, cross processing them to create rich, highly saturated colours. His work has been featured on the BBC website and Hungry Eye Magazine. Join us for the opening night on Thursday, September 17 from 6 p.m.

    2
  • First Impressions of the New Jupiter 3+ Art Lens: Maxime Fardeau

    written by Lomography on 2016-01-22 in #people #lomoamigos
    First Impressions of the New Jupiter 3+ Art Lens: Maxime Fardeau

    Maxime Fardeau, or Max as he is fondly called, loves film. He has been shooting analogue for about four years and owns a number of 35mm film and instant cameras, such as the Leica M6 and SLR-670 Polaroid. He has taken photos using the Lomo'Instant and the Minitar-1 Art Lens and this time around, he provides a glimpse of the images she produced with the Jupiter 3+ Art Lens.

    2
  • From Experimental to Ordinary: LomoAmigo Martin Dietrich Tests the Minitar-1 Art Lens

    written by Lomography on 2016-01-29 in #people #lomoamigos
    From Experimental to Ordinary: LomoAmigo Martin Dietrich Tests the Minitar-1 Art Lens

    In order to escape the world of facts and figures, tax auditor Martin Dietrich discovered photography as his creative counterpart almost seven years ago. On a trip to Paris he fell in love with analog photography and the magic of film has been fascinating to him since then. But he also appreciates the benefits of digital photography. For Lomography he tested the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens on his Fuji X-Pro 1 camera. Check out Martin's photos and learn more about the founder of the popular Neoprime magazine.

    2
  • Shop News

    Additional Member of Diana F+ Family is Here!

    Additional Member of Diana F+ Family is Here!

    Snap your happy memories with the medium format Diana F+ Cortina! This special edition camera is a nod to fun winter holidays: snow-capped mountains, skiing and good times with friends and family!

  • Stunning Views on Lomo LC-Wide (Rumble Competition)

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-02-07 in #gear #news #competitions
    Stunning Views on Lomo LC-Wide (Rumble Competition)

    Give your best Lomo LC-Wide captures the spotlight they deserve. Enter our new Rumble competition to win piggies and a spot in the Lomography Shop photo showcase.

  • Newcomer of the Week: gazeofslate

    written by lomography on 2016-02-07 in #world
    Newcomer of the Week: gazeofslate

    Aside from photography, newcomer Dmitri Berenger enjoys a multitude of hobbies including gardening, watching movies, and discovering music. In this interview, he talks about his photographic style, his inspirations, choosing film cameras over digital gear, and many more.

    3
  • Photo of the Day by oldhan

    written by lomography on 2016-02-07 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by oldhan

    In the eyes of an observant lomographer, a large body of water is more than just a pretty view. It's a useful tool for creating mind-boggling photographs.