Say hello to the adventurous Talia Enriquez, or nutallia in the Community, our Newcomer of the Week!
Name: Talia Enriquez
Please tell us something about yourself.
I’m a college student taking up Veterinary Medicine at the University of the Philippines. I amuse myself with art, music, and life itself. I love going on adventures and it’s a vital part of my life.
I forget things quite easily which is why I put up my own blog and decided to go into analogue photography. Pictures in hard drives are just like memories in my head that can get easily lost and forgotten.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I don’t quite remember how I stumbled upon Lomography. I guess it was because of Tumblr and that time I was really obsessed with the Diana Mini. Or maybe those numerous times we’d go to Team Manila and I’d see those colorful cameras they’re selling. Either way, all the pictures I saw in Lomography inspired me and heightened my desire to own a Diana Mini.
Getting the Diana Mini is one of the happiest moments in my life. I told myself that I’d just use one film a month but then life happened and I suddenly found myself using up one roll per week for three straight weeks! But despite my wallet weeping and crying for mercy, I went on clicking. I got my first two rolls developed and the results made me very happy. My test roll wasn’t so bad and the second roll was clearly an improvement. My pictures from the second film roll are digital scans so I decided to join Lomography to share my pictures with the world!
In this digital age, why still film?
I’ve tried using DSLRs and they’re a bit too much for me. I like things that are simple and easy. You might say that I should just get a point and shoot camera but I believe that photography is a form of art. I like how unique and thrilling it is to use analogue cameras – the raw quality of the pictures and the imperfections that come with it.
The mere fact that film photography forces me to get my pictures developed. Plus the adorable reaction of people who’d see an analogue camera for the first time. It’s just priceless.
Film photography changes your life. It changes how you look at things and at life itself. Every moment becomes an opportunity and every opportunity becomes a memory. It semi-forces you to live in the moment, something I’ve been trying to do ever since I entered high school.
Film is just awesome. I thank the people who thought of keeping it alive. May it stay alive for as long as the earth spins!
Your favorite analogue camera as of the moment? Why?
I own just one so I’d s the Diana Mini but those Russian cameras look quite amazing! My Mini is awesome. Whenever I take her with me, I feel a sense of adventure and my eyes just start to see everything in a new perspective. I see the beauty of my surroundings more when I have her. Plus, she’s really easy to carry around.
What is the Lomography camera you’d want to have someday?
A Lubitel 166B. The pictures I’ve seen so far are just amazing. I’d really want one someday.
Any song or movie you live by?
A quote from the old movie Coach Carter:
“Our deepest fear is that we are more powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our dark that most frightens us. We were all meant to shine just as children do. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same as we are liberated from our own fear our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
To shine without fear, to inspire others to do the same, and to let them see the light within them – that’s what I live for.
Share your current favorite Lomograph. Why is this your favorite?
One of my experimental shots that was actually awesome. I took this picture before going inside my classroom. I didn’t know anyone from that class and I just wanted to do a long exposure shot. This pretty much symbolizes my freshman life. Seeing faces, feet, and people but not really knowing or remembering their names. Also, the blur represents how fast my freshman days ended.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
It’s sad but I haven’t really gone around much. I plan to this summer though. I do like gocchin’s photos. The colors look really good and they’re quite interesting. I am hoping to find more amazing lomographers!
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
I look forward to learning from the lomographers in order to make photography skills better and to further understand my Diana Mini. One day, I want to be able to provide amazing pictures with it and inspire more people to join.