Top 10 Interview with a Photographer #4: Francis Lee

23

We are happy to introduce you to our Top 10 Interview with a Photographer series! Meet photographer #4 Mr. Francis Lee. Mr. Lee is a Photography Instructor based in Singapore, and has greatly inspired plenty of his students, including lawypop who conducted this interview!

When I was starting on my Lomo journey, photography terminology such as aperture, shutter speed, exposure etc. never really matters as most of the lomo cameras were point and shoot. But after I got my first Lomo LC-A and starting to wonder about the F-stops, I decided to attend a Photography Class for Beginners!

Francis’s class was never boring because he taught me not just the technical aspect but the creative and fun part of photography! He mentioned to us that it should be our passion that paints the picture. Our cameras (be it the latest DSLR or the LC-A) are just our brushes. After completing his class, Francis sometimes organizes trips where he will invite his students for photo shoot and knowledge sharing!

I’m very honoured to interview Francis. He was very supportive and gave me his time to answer my questions; he even took time to scan his wonderful photo works. Below is the Q&A! Enjoy!

When did you first get started on Photography? What camera did you first use?
Guess it is safe to say I start to learn photography in 1976 & it’s only 1 year later that I own a Pentax K1000.

What sustained your interest?
It has to be the constant struggle/happening in life to stay afloat & the necessity to document it.

Tell me about your IR photography and how it started?
IR photography was a pain to me as I’m the type of person that refused to remember steps or procedures & IR being IR; its such a ‘scientific’ thing to do before we can turn it into ‘Art’. And because of my refusal to remember the critical approaches to handle IR films, rolls & rolls of Kodak HIE & Ilford SFX were wasted even before the shoot & some, in the darkroom. Guess after 8 months of disastrous attempt, I’m back to square one again thinking that IR photography is a dark-dark-no-no thingy
for a lazy photographer like me.

IR photography in the future?
We’re already at the future & constantly creating future in such a short time with Digital-imaging. And its good to know that Artist need not be scientist to use one of their many tools… at least for me.

Before the age of digital cameras, what’s your dream analogue camera like?
Okay! I love this question most as it certainly revives my early thoughts of what’s the perfect camera; of course I understand that I’m the last person on Earth that can afford it. My thoughts of a perfect camera then is as follows & in order of importance- *100% Field of view *Multi-Segment & Spot metering *Manual/Av/Tv modes *Shutter of 60”~ 1/8000 *5 FPS *Flash Sync at all shutter speed *Quiet Shutter *Mirror-lockup *EV Compensation +/- 4 stops *Fast Auto-rewind *Powerful built-in flash *Weather-seal * Universal lens mount

Now, what do you wish for the perfect digital camera?
Very much the same as above… retain all of the above except fast rewind & remove 80% of all those nonsensical bells & whistles features.

If you are given an analogue camera to go for a holiday assignment, which analogue camera will you bring and why?
Canon EOS 3… Why? It doesn’t have a temper or mind of its own. A camera that encourages me to go Av almost everytime… not something that I can confidently say about other brands & even Canon’s other models! Its Evaluative metering simply works to my liking.

Do you ever use a Lomo camera? What’s your impression of these cameras?
Nope! I have yet to use one But I have seen many pictures that come out of it that makes me want to sit up & pay attention. It sure removes my initial suspicious of its ability to deliver decent images. But then again, Lomo or not, it has got to be the person using it to bring out the best of the tool.

What are your words of wisdom for the aspiring photographers out there?
Don’t do photography for the sake of doing it… use it as a tool to document, to narrate, to educate & usually unknowingly, one will learn more about lives of others & more importantly, ourselves too.

Lastly, complete these 2 sentences:
a) If I hadn’t become a photographer, … I’m most certainly a Rocker in a Heavy-Metal Band

b) Photography is… Diary-ing in photographs, living life.

Photographer Info:
http://www.pbase.com/francislee
http://www.facebook.com/francisl
email: photographerfrancis@yahoo.com.sg

Lawypop’s LomoHome – http://lomography.com/homes/lawypop

written by lawypop on 2010-07-21 in #lifestyle #mentor #infrared #inspiration #interview #photographers

23 Comments

  1. maliha
    maliha ·

    Amazing images. Good Interview!

  2. juznobsrvr
    juznobsrvr ·

    beautiful captures... inspiring

  3. boredbone
    boredbone ·

    i also want that perfect camera he described:)

  4. vas_vas
    vas_vas ·

    that dancing girl is just amazing! fucking beautiful!!!

  5. spendospend
    spendospend ·

    WWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWW!

  6. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    beautiful captures !

  7. brittany
    brittany ·

    great interview! beautiful images!! and yes I HAVE to agree that "dancing girl" is AMAZING!!!

  8. azzzy
    azzzy ·

    nicely done.

  9. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    Great interview. Francis Lee! He's the master! A long lost friend too. :( Do tell him ndroo says HELLO! :D

  10. emilios
    emilios ·

    Well done dude. Great pics!

  11. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    omg!!!

  12. maliha
    maliha ·

    I'm new to analog... can anyone suggest a good 35mm to me? Not a point and shoot, but the ones that I can play around with different shutter speed and aperture settings?

  13. nural
    nural ·

    wow... the images are breathtaking!!

  14. leela_dark
    leela_dark ·

    great interview with an interesting person! I adore his shots.

  15. poetpunk
    poetpunk ·

    That was a great interview with amazing pictures.

  16. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    Wah! Interview with you shifu? :DD Nice!

  17. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    A Big Thank You guys for voting and comments to this interview! Really appreciate! This is indeed a good platform to get to know other photographers! Congrats to the other interviewers TOO! :)

  18. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    @Maliha sorry for late reply, i dun know any good 35mm camera to recommend, but i bought a SLR Nikon F65 from the internet when i was attending the beginner's photo class. It still serves me well and a good start to learn the camera basic functions :) Hope this helps :)

  19. maliha
    maliha ·

    It does help Lawypop :) Thanks a bunch!! btw, once again, great interview!!

  20. bravopires
    bravopires ·

    perfect! great interview, lawypop!

  21. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    I love the 1st photo!

  22. toyam
    toyam ·

    @lawypop I found it so interesting than I traslated it to Spanish :) www.lomography.com/magazine/lifestyle/2011/03/13/entrevista…

More Interesting Articles

  • Interview with Mr. Bones, Analogue Dog-Street Photographer

    written by chooolss on 2014-08-27 in #lifestyle
    Interview with Mr. Bones, Analogue Dog-Street Photographer

    Mr. Bones is a North London-based photographer who gives street photography a different spin by focusing on the dogs that he encounters regularly. Check out our interview with the photographer, whose tools of the trade include film cameras such as the Nikonos V and community favorite Lomo LC-A, after the jump.

  • Top Photo Uploaders of 2014

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-12-27 in #news
    Top Photo Uploaders of 2014

    We'd like to thank everyone for continuously capturing precious moments on photographs and sharing them with all of us. Each of your photographs and albums brought happiness and inspiration to everyone in the community. These lomographers take the spotlight for their ceaseless passion for photography and for their generosity in sharing every step of their analogue adventure. Meet our top photo uploaders of 2014.

    5
  • Incredible Works on the Petzval Lens by Emily Soto

    written by givesmehell on 2015-03-24 in #people #lomoamigos
    Incredible Works on the Petzval Lens by Emily Soto

    Emily Soto is an accomplished fashion photographer based in New York City. Soto is known for her unique style and professional aptitude and she is one of the top names requested by fashion editors. Soto shot a series of photographs with the Petzval Lens. Let’s find out more through this exclusive interview and view her beautiful series!

    10
  • Shop News

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply without hurting your budget. At 30% off you can now experiment with 8 sequential shots in one 35mm print! Tell stories in 2.5 seconds with 8 scenes in one shot!

  • An Interview with Photographer Stephen Takacs

    written by chooolss on 2014-06-04 in #lifestyle
    An Interview with Photographer Stephen Takacs

    Exactly one month ago, we featured a fascinating project called "Brownie in Motion" by Columbus, Ohio-based photographer Stephen Takacs. We've recently had an interview with the man himself, in which he discusses in great detail not only his "dream project" but also his other works in various photographic processes including the ambrotype, tintype, and platinum palladium! Read our exclusive chat and take a look at his awesome work after the jump!

    2
  • Petzval Artist: Portraits by Koh Sze Kiat

    written by edwinchau on 2014-11-17 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval Artist: Portraits by Koh Sze Kiat

    Koh Sze Kiat is a part of Oddinary Studios, a Singapore-based photographers' collective that specializes in commercial, advertising, editorial and wedding assignments. He shot with the New Petzval Lens recently, and shares his favorite photos and insight in this exclusive interview.

    1
  • Petzval Artist: Professional Photographer Derrick Ong from Singapore

    written by edwinchau on 2014-11-15 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval Artist: Professional Photographer Derrick Ong from Singapore

    Derrick Ong's portraits give off a feeling of nostalgia and old-world charm. The Singapore-based photographer specializes in pre-nuptial and wedding shoots, and loves to capture moments in vibrant hues as well as in black and white. In this exclusive interview, he tells us about his experience shooting with the New Petzval Lens.

  • Shop News

    Summer Inspired Camera at 20% off

    Summer Inspired Camera at 20% off

    The brazilian summer inspired camera is now at 20% off! You can now celebrate life in full color and treasure every culture in a snap! This summer is no exception; make sure you’re prepared to capture all the sporty action with the Fisheye No.2 Brazilian Summer Camera!

  • Sprocket Rocket away with COIN

    written by givesmehell on 2015-04-11 in #people #lomoamigos
    Sprocket Rocket away with COIN

    COIN is a talented synth-pop band based in Nashville. As a LomoAmigo, they have taken a series of photographs on our Sprocket Rocket camera and we are just about to find out more about them and their experience with it in an exclusive interview!

  • 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. We lent him a Petzval lens and asked him a few questions about what makes him tick. Here's an exclusive interview, along with a several fantastic shots by the talented UK-based photographer.

    4
  • Playing Detective: An Interview with Derek Woods, the Man Behind the Controversial True Detective Photo (NSFW)

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2014-05-03 in #people #lifestyle
    Playing Detective: An Interview with Derek Woods, the Man Behind the Controversial True Detective Photo (NSFW)

    Derek Woods is an Los Angeles-based photographer who previously got involved in a controversy surrounding a photo that was used in the opening credits of the HBO TV series "True Detective." Coincidentally, Woods happens to be a member of the Lomo community, and it became vital to interview him regarding the issue. The interview was successful and was published in May last year. His current project, 365 of Lomography, will chronicle his day-to-day exploits with Lomography cameras. To jog your memory, and to re-acquaint you with Woods, we are republishing our interview with the controversial photographer. Please take note that some of the photos are NSFW.

    4
  • Shop News

    Show Off your Pics with Style!

    Show Off your Pics with Style!

    Build vivid hanging LomoCurtains, robust free-standing LomoCastles, and dazzling mounted LomoMosaics! Just click them together with the Lomography Photoclips!

  • RYU x RIO: World Cup 2014 on Kodak Aerochrome Film

    written by zonderbar on 2014-08-11 in #news
    RYU x RIO: World Cup 2014 on Kodak Aerochrome Film

    Weeks have passed and yet Germans are still celebrating the victory of their heroic football team. Shortly before the World Cup started, we took notice of an interesting photography project on Kickstarter. Berlin-based sports photographer Ryu Voelkel called for help to create a football photography book like no other. The campaign was successfully funded. Ryu made his way to Brazil and came back with amazing shots including some very special Kodak Aerochrome photographs. Meet Ryu and learn more about him and his special moments at the WC 2014.

    1
  • Meet our LomoGuru: sirio174

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-21 in #people #lifestyle
    Meet our LomoGuru: sirio174

    We all know him as the man behind some of the striking street photographs in the community and the inspirational "A Salute to the Masters" series in the magazine. But did you know that he is also an engineering and electronics teacher and a ham radio operator? In this interview, Davide Tambuchi opens up about his fascination with radio, bikes, Subbuteo, and of course analog photography!

    13
  • 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.