Our community member/Lomo Amigo Koalasve discovered photography at an early age, then played around with digital cameras until she got a Diana F+ camera. Let's get to know Sveva Angelini and how analogue photography changed her life!
Real name: Sveva Angelini
Lomography Name: Koalasve
Distinguishing marks: acute miopia!
Favourite cameras: my Diana F+, Minolta hi-matic 7s II, Olympus OM-1….and I dream of a Leica…probably when I have a salary (a big salary!!), maybe…
How did you discover Lomography?
I’ve always had a camera in my hand, since I was 8 years old. It was an automatic compact camera, obviously a film one, I was making photos of my friends, on school’s trips and something like that.
I continued to use it until high school, than I’ve rather used my dad’s Nikon F70 and after when I was 16 I received my first digital: a coolpix 5400. So I would say that it was a “step by step” process until the stroke of lighting between 2007 and 2008. I discovered that I cannot lived without pictures…I started to feel naked without my camera so I understood I was fucked. Until September 2009 (the best present in my life!) I’ve got also a dslr, an Olympus e-520, with which I play without films or in awkward situations (like when I can’t get 5 cameras, so I take the more versatile)
How did Lomography change your photographic point of view?
First of all, I started to shoot a lot more pictures with funny or meaningful concepts. Coming from the digital world like many, I shot random pictures and then found meaning in them using computer post-production.
So even if one of Lomography’s golden rule is “Don’t Think, Just Shoot” I did the opposite! Yes I think I could say this is the biggest change.
What does it mean to you, to have a camera in your hand?
It means to be happy, regardless of my state of mind of that moment, to feel safe and be able to capture situations that no one would have thought of shooting. It also means to live and express myself in a better way. Praticamente significa vivere un po’ di più, ogni giorno. Practically it means to live a little more each day.
Is there any mood that you usually express through your photos?
I’ve to be the opposite. Too happy, too bad, or too sad. I noticed that shots really look better :)
What experiences indicated your growth in photography? And how many years have you been a Lomographer?
In April it will be a year that I started to participate actively in Lomography. I couldn’t define what experience I have grown. Certainly, travel, seeing new things motivate the eye. A thing I do for a long time now, is “shoot with my eyes,” I think it’s pretty common, and I also believe that trips have stimulated this habit. I see the world around me through a viewfinder. Practically images taken in power, which have not yet been made (by me of course). Tutte queste volte ovviamente non ho la macchina con me e mi mangio le mani!!:P All these times obviously I don’t have a camera with me and eat my hands!: P
When it comes to your work, whose feedback is important to you?
It comes from my best friend, she also is “Lomography” indeed, she is the one who inspired me with her shots. She told me that I grew a lot, artistically, in the last year, and this was the best compliment that she could make. Then there are others like my father – for example he mentions one, just sketched (and proud because it is basically admitting that her daughter does something decent in the field of photography) hehe.
If photography is art, what does it represent to you? And if it were a book, movie and a song, which would it be?
It is like music they are both expressions of the human soul. And I think photography is a little magic. I think that you can’t compare pictures with a book, a movie, a song. I think that they are all forms of art that complement each other, they are all old (like photography and film) or from ancient pictorial forms. But trying to answer the question, I would say that my idea of photography could marry well, or at least partially, with “Everything Is Illuminated,” Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, later became a film, directed by Liev Schreiber, with music by Paul Cantelon and other groups and musicians of Central European area. Yes, it’s here. I would like that “my” pictures could approach texts music and frame of this magical trio for me. But generally I think that hard it’s hard to find more of the benchmarks.
Landscapes or portraits?
Portraits, but in my shots there are also many landscapes. I love nature (oh what a trite phrase!) And most animals (even more trivial) so if I see some interesting beast or some breathtaking scenery, or just something that inspires me, I shoot. But I think that faces and people in general are much more interesting.
Why do you prefer “analogue”?
Because there is a different satisfaction, waiting for the development. It’s something that I was missing out on and now I enjoy the process.
What do you love about Lomography?
The light-heartedness, the vision of a world in a full strong colours, and a lot of fun.
What’s your proudest moment?
Very rarely, in the field of photography I am proud when I can finally achieve the desired effect on some shots, and so on. Small satisfactions :)
This has nothing to do with photography but what do you eat for breakfast?
Milk and cookies! Or cereal. But the milk is a must!
*traduzione Michela Mereu
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