Where did you think "kefuwa" got her name from eh?
Hi I’m Sara Jane. Gone analog since February 2010. I enjoy speculative fiction, anime, endless walks, running one’s self to exhaustion and coffee.
There’s always an interesting story to every Lomographer – what would be your Lomo story?
Mine’s not quite that interesting actually – I’ve been admiring lomo-shots for the past few years. I finally caved in February ‘10 and got myself a Superheadz Ultra Wide & Slim clone. Then not long after the March ’10 LC-A+ week came up on the Lomography website and I just couldn’t resist. Haha. The analog lifestyle has been burning a hole in my pocket ever since.
What is the reason behind your Lomo name?
The username kefuwa has actually been my online user name for quite some time now. It’s a hybrid of the name of an online game character I used to play – Kefira, and the japanese word fuwa (which means ‘fluffy’ and which came from the lyrics of the opening theme to the anime “Azumanga Daioh” which I was watching around the time).
Why analog? Why not digital?
Analog is a state of mind, a state of being. You require mindfulness/mindlessness and/or thoughtfulness/thoughtlessness. Analog is ‘in the moment’ shots – shot you take when you’re not ‘thinking’. Surprises every time a roll comes back, results you don’t quite remember shooting. I just love it. You just can’t get the same feeling from digital. Analog is zen.
Can you tell about your best lomo shot. What, where, and why this photo?
I haven’t been a lomographer for very long. So I’ll just go for my favourite shot from my first LC-A+ Kodak EBX roll. We get pretty good sunsets where I stay (3rd best location in the world for sunsets by the way) but even by those standards this one was gorgeous! Perfect colors and perfect clouds! I didn’t quite know how it would look cross processed and the results just floored me.
If you were a Lomo camera, what would you be and why?
A Smena 8m. Quirky and takes a bit of time to grow on you. It either works for you, or doesn’t.
What is your Lomo style?
I don’t think I’ve quite developed a style as yet. I’m still mostly still experimenting and having fun running test rolls with all the different films. Currently I would say I’m attracted to simplicity and minimalism. “Quiet” shots. Washed out colors. The calm in chaos. The ‘silence’ you can only find in crowds. That sort of thing.
The Lomography staff is reading this interview right now, and I’m sure they’ll be very interested in your suggestions – what else do you want to see in the “revamped” Lomography website? Your own lomowall in your lomohome, perhaps? Monthly free piggies? Anything! Remember… they are reading this right now.
Send me a mixed bag of film! LOL. Actually I rather like the Lomography website as it is now, but I did have to do a little tinkering to get used to the lab when I first started uploading to the site. What would I like to see… hmmm… maybe a way to filter between comments/likes/messages on your lomohome wall?
There’s a Lomo Legend that an unfound Lomo Genie Bottle is lying around the world somewhere out there. If you find this, you only get to choose three Lomo wishes – a Lomo camera that you currently do not own, any film of your choice, and your dream location. What camera? What film? And where in the world would you spend these Lomo wishes?
A Lubitel 166+! – If only I could find a lab that develops medium format here. Film? I’m not too sure since I haven’t been lomograph-ing long enough to have a favorite yet, but if it’s a Lubitel 166+ probably some nice fine grain color negative film. My dream location would have to be Japan, in particular Kyoto.
Hold on, there’s a fourth wish – who among our fellow Lomographers would you like to collaborate with for this “wish project”, and why?
Probably my sister @aesthetique! She’s also new to lomography but she just got a Diana Mini which I hope she’ll upload shots from soon. She’s always had an eye for taking photos so I’m very excited to see her results.
Just for kicks – - Does your Mom know that you like smelling films and that you’re into Lomography?
Yes on the latter and no on the former… but she does know I like film. Since I’ve gone analog I’ve become a sort of film addict, collecting different types of brands/speeds/types for future use. And I store it all in the kitchen fridge. She always asks me why I have “so much” film.
Parting shot: Analog is a way of life… long live the analogues!