LomoAmigo Mira Aroyo of Ladytron Shoots with the Diana F+!


Curious as to the musings of Ladytron's Mira Aroyo regarding music, life and Lomography in general? Mia shares her thoughts and insights with us in this little LomoAmigo interview. Read on for the full scoop and a peek at her gorgeous photographs.

Name: Mira Aroyo
City: London
Country: England

1. Will you tell the community a little bit about yourself? What takes up most of your time dreaming or doing?
I am a musician in the group Ladytron, and live in London. Because of my profession I get to travel to a lot of interesting places. Working on music probably takes up most of my time but photography has been a big hobby of mine since I was a kid. I am lucky to be able to travel and taking photos is a good way of getting out of your hotel room / tour bus and making the most of your time and immersing yourself in a place and its culture. Also I love coming home and seeing fleeting moments that I experienced in 2 dimensions on paper once the photos have been developed. Often in photos you see things that you missed in real life. The problem comes when you take so many photos that you actually miss out on what happens in front of you. The camera can act as blinkers or reveal moments that you would otherwise miss out on by freezing them in time.

2. Ladytron has been called, “A pristine, analog adventure of sound and substance”. For those not familiar with your work yet, can you tell us a bit about the ways in which your music is analogue and how your live performances set Ladytron apart?
We got together as a band about 10 years ago and we make music using a lot of synthesizers, especially vintage analogue synths from the 70s and early 80s. We are not purely electronic and are not a dance act, we write songs and perform live as a band… I guess we differ from a lot of other bands as we have 2 front singers, myself and Helen and on top of the usual guitar/drums/bass we also use a lot of synths…8-10 on stage. That is quite uncommon.

3. How long have you been a Lomographer (or are you new to this whole thing)?
I got an LC-A after seeing a friend of mine I think around 7 years ago. I was given my first Diana as a birthday present more recently.

4. In both your music and a photography you choose analogue. What is it about analogue for you that is so attractive as a form of expression.
I guess the way this kind of equipment is built, there is also some level of unpredictability in the results and they somehow feel more organic.

5. How do you feel being a musician affects your work in photography? Are the two unrelated in your opinion or would say that music and photos both have the similar ability to, “act as blinkers or reveal moments that you would otherwise miss out”.
Photography is more like pointing at things for me, where as with music you start from scratch. With both you make decisions of what to include and what to omit, obviously, and these are very important. In a way both romanticize personal moments past.

6. Describe the Diana F+ in five words.
Light, unpredictable, friendly, unobtrusive.

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

  • Michael Nymann – Chasing Sheep Is Best Left To Shephards (from The Draughtman’s Contract soundtrack)
  • Nico – All That Is My Own
  • Townes van Zandt – Mr. Gold and Mr. Mud

8. What is the next stop for you and your Diana F+ (or any camera)? Do the two of you have planes for the near future?
I travel a lot and use the Diana a lot in sunny locations. It works best in bight sun light. I always try and research interesting locations before I set off. Also with summer coming up there will be more chances to shoot at home in parks and at picnics.

9. How is the experience of looking for a shot in your home town different then when you are on a trip or somewhere new? Are the moments your try to capture different?
I’ve heard it said that if you can photograph your back yard well you can do anything and I feel that’s very true. It’s easier to motivate yourself to take photos if you are in a new place and you feel excited and stimulated by what surrounds you. I like finding things that are in a way strange and weird but also very positive and in a way make me feel good and smile. It’s easier to do that away from home and more of a challenge to do it in a place you know well. Photographing a place you know well has it’s advantages as you know where and when things will look right. Picking a topic to photograph is harder though.

10. Your advice to future Diana F+ shooters is…?
When you frame your shot make sure you leave about 1/4 of the frame more space above the highest point of subject as the view finder is not accurate and does not compensate for parallax effect. You need to leave more space and compensate more the closer you are to your subject. Also bear in mind that the further away you get from the center of your frame the more out of focus that part of the picture will be. Always check when you get your camera out of your bag that it is not on the ‘B’ setting. I’ve had many a film ruined like that.

11. What’s on the agenda next for Ladytron? New release or tours we can keep an eye out for?
We are currently working on our 5th studio album and are about to release a ‘Best of’ including a couple of new tracks too. We also DJ and so we have a lot of DJ gigs coming up too.

written by plainjane on 2010-04-19 in #people #lomoamigos #mira-aroyo #ladytron #diana-f #lomo-amigo #interview #music


  1. satomi
    satomi ·

    Ladytron!:D Awesome shots! And # 7 from the gallery...looks crazy!

  2. mandi
    mandi ·

    such a great variity of locations, people, animals, colors... amazing gallery!

  3. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    WoW! I love Ladytron soooo much! and what a fab gallery! I'm waiting for the next album Mira!

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Stunning shots !

  5. shhquiet
    shhquiet ·

    yay! :)

  6. ceduxi0n
    ceduxi0n ·

    AAAAGH!!! I love Ladytron! I love these pictures!

  7. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Great stuff...especially that one shot of the tall buildings with the yellow blown out highlights. That shot is blowing my mind.

  8. adamo-75
    adamo-75 ·

    Beautiful variety of shots.

  9. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Destroy everything you touch

More Interesting Articles

  • Crafty Creativity: LomoAmigo Felt Mistress

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-02-03 in #people #lomoamigos
    Crafty Creativity: LomoAmigo Felt Mistress

    Louise Evans AKA Felt Mistress designs and makes cute, colorful monsters and characters out of felt. She has worked with the likes of artist Pete Fowler and musician Gruff Rhys, and even made a special felt character for a Lomography Exhibition back in 2012. She shot with the LC-A+ and Fisheye Baby recently, and shared personal insight regarding her work.

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Australia's Naomi Frost

    written by borisb on 2015-01-12 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Australia's Naomi Frost

    Naomi Frost is a photographer based in Australia who specializes in alternative portraiture. She took photos with the new Petzval lens recently, and shares her photos and insight in this exclusive interview.

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Justine Jugnet

    written by lomographyfrance on 2015-03-25 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Justine Jugnet

    Justine Jugnet is a French photographer based in Lyon who loves fashion photography. She recently took the Petzval lens to shoot with in Paris. Get to know more about her and her wonderful way of shooting the world around her in this exclusive interview.

  • Shop News

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)

  • 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.

  • LomoAmigos: Aquilo

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-08-05 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigos: Aquilo

    Performing on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival last year was one mean feat for Lancashire, England-based electronic musical duo Aquilo. With three EPs and a full-length album on the way, the band has caught considerable attention and received positive reviews. Here's a quick chat with Aquilo's Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham, who had the chance to shoot with the La Sardina recently.

  • LomoAmigo: Courtney Barnett

    written by Lomography on 2015-10-14 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Courtney Barnett

    Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett sings about the frustrations, disappointments and the mundane aspects of life in her own animated and sometimes Dylan-esque style. Her debut album "Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit" was released this year and has been getting positive reviews. We tweeted about her new album and she responded to say that she loved Lomography. It was the perfect opportunity for a shoot and an interview.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • LC-A+ LomoAmigo : The Staves

    written by lomographyfrance on 2015-07-10 in #people #lomoamigos
    LC-A+ LomoAmigo : The Staves

    Music is all in the family for The Staves. The British acoustic folk rock trio from Watford, Hertfordshire, England is composed of sisters Emily Staveley-Taylor (vocals), Jessica Staveley-Taylor (guitar and vocals), Camilla Staveley-Taylor (ukulele and vocals). They've toured with Bon Iver, released their second full-length album, "If I Was" early this year, and performed at this year's Glastonbury.

  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • 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."

  • Meet our LomoGuru: roxyvonschlotterstein

    written by lomography on 2015-11-08 in #world #lifestyle
    Meet our LomoGuru: roxyvonschlotterstein

    A passion deeply rooted in her childhood, photography serves as a form of meditation and a creative outlet for Germany-based community member roxyvonschlotterstein. Aside from keeping an active LomoHome, she puts forth effort in participating in photography-related projects and activities with her fellow German lomographers. In this interview, she shares more about her memorable experiences in community, thoughts about shooting on film, and a tidbit about her LomoHome name.

  • My First Time with the LC-Wide: nural

    written by Lomography on 2015-10-24 in #gear #news #lifestyle
    My First Time with the LC-Wide: nural

    The LC-Wide is definitely a must-have, especially for someone who lives and breathes Lomography. In this case it's nural, Lomography Turkey's General Manager, who candidly shares her first meeting with the LC-Wide in this short interview.