Cameron Knight shoots with the Lomo LC-A+

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Stop the presses! We've got the inside scoop on LomoAmigo and photo editor Cameron Knight!

Name: Cameron Knight
City: Cincinnati, Ohio
Country: United States

Tell the community a bit about yourself. What takes up most of your time work or play?

I’m fortunate enough to have my work and play mix and mingle quite a bit. I work for Cincinnati’s alternative newsweekly called CityBeat. I am the Photo Editor and New Media Director. At work, I do web management, shoot photos, do a little design work, write and do the social media thing. When I’m out of the office, I spend my free time shooting or hanging out with my girlfriend. We had a our nine year anniversary this month!

How long have you been a Lomographer (or are you new to this whole thing)?

I think I was a Lomographer before I even knew what that word meant. I decided to become a photojournalist when I was 16-years-old. Everyone still shot film then, and before you start making old-people jokes, I’m only 26.

My first camera was a Vivitar student-level SLR, then I upgraded to Nikon F3HP. I went to college at Western Kentucky University, which has an awesome photojournalism program. I started to really fall in love with Russian cameras then. We had a speaker come into class one time, and he had an LC-A sitting on the lectern while he spoke. I noted the brand and did some internet research. I’ve been a big fan of Lomo ever since.

You have a very cool project on your blog called a “Frame-A-Day”. Can you fill us in a little on the details? What gave you the idea for this, how long have you been doing it and how long do you plan to keep doing it?

My Frame-A-Day project was inspired by BCC News picture editor and photographer Phil Coomes, who is in the midst of his “64 Weeks on Kodachrome 64” project. His idea was to post a photo every day online that was shot with Kodachrome 64 to mark its death. There is only one lab on the planet that processes the film (seriously, it’s in Kansas) and Kodak isn’t going to make the film anymore.

Seeing a photo-a-day project done by a professional for a good reason got me thinking. For my project, I literally only shoot a single frame each day with a designated camera. So, a roll of film lasts me about a month. After that month is up, I switch cameras and films. The slight downside to this, is that the photos show up on my blog about a month after they were actually shot. But I do put the date on each blog post.

I’m over 100 days into the project. I’m plan on continuing it in this format for at least a year. So far, I’ve shot with a Rollei 35, a Nikon F3HP, a Nikon L35AF, a Zorki 4K and right now I’m closing in on the end of a month using the Lomo LC-A. Finding different kinds of film has been tough, but between color neg, slide, black and white and all the various ISOs, I think I’ll make it.

The point of the project is to show people the wide variety of analog cameras and films available. And I just want to do my small part to keep this world of photography alive. But let me tell you, limiting yourself to one, single frame is BRUTAL. I’ve had more than a few crappy days in the project.

While you’ve got a lot of interests you’ve said that of all your activities photojournalism and in particular long-term documentary work is your passion. Can you tells us why?

I always tell people that first and foremost, I love stories, true stories. And I love sharing those stories with other people. That’s why I’m a journalist, even ahead of being a photographer or a photojournalist. You can share stories in a variety of ways. You can speak them, write them, record them with audio and/or video or you can photograph them. They are all just tools to convey the story. My favorite tool happens to be the camera. I love that with photography you can tell a story universally. By universally, I mean that photography unlike writing or speech isn’t dependent on language. That means, for the most part, my photos can be understood by people all over the world. That ideas holds a lot of power for me.

Describe the LC-A+ in five words.

Pocket sized life recording device

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

Oh, you hit home this one. I’m a huge advocate of the local movement… local farms, local food, local business and local music. All of the photos shown here were made in and around Cincinnati, so you might not know these bands, but you should. You can grab them all on iTunes.

1) Simple Song by Shiny and the Spoon, an awesome folk/country duo. She plays ukulele, he plays guitar. Their music is smart and smooth with just a dash of cute that makes you smile.

2) Into the Open by Heartless Bastards, an indie rock group that abandoned Cincinnati for Austin so they could be all famous. But we still love them and they still belong to us, no matter what Austin says.

3) An American American by The Sundresses, a crazy roots rock band whose dark music sounds like the soundtrack to every Quentin Tarantino movie ever. Quentin, if you’re reading, you’re missing the boat. Pick up their newest album.

Picture yourself somewhere right now with your Lomo LC-A+ camera and a sack of film … where are you?

New Mexico. I spent every summer there as a kid with my dad. There’s always enough light and everything is beautiful. For someone who spends most of their time in the Midwest, New Mexico might as well be the moon. There’s just something about the desert and the dry air that makes everything seem more important.

What are your plans like for the near future? Any exciting projects you would like to share with us?

I’ve had an itch to do some sort of portrait series, so we’ll see where that goes. Later this summer, the MidPoint Music Festival takes place. I manage a team of 12-15 photographers, and it’s an all night, wild, live-music photographic bonanza. It’s three best days of the year. Last year, I brought a big box of my film cameras and loaned them out for people to use. I’m definitely doing it again this year. There’s nothing quite as funny as seeing some guy with a $3000 digital kit around his neck get all pumped up about getting to shoot with Holga.

Your advice to future Lomo LC-A+ shooters.

Appreciate what you have. Do what you can to keep it around.

Make sure you check out too this top notch Scanning Tutorial written especially for the Lomography community by Cameron!

written by cruzron on 2010-06-14 in #people #lomoamigos #lc-a #cameron-knight #lomoamigos #interview

3 Comments

  1. plainjane
    plainjane ·

    Can't wait to see more from you Cameron! Your Scanning Tutorial is wicked, thanks so much for the info.

  2. nfxfsx
    nfxfsx ·

    Love the photos. Nice work. :)

  3. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    I got really excited when I saw CityBeat in the text thinking it was the San Diego CityBeat, but alas there is another much farther away mag. Still a nice article.

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