To Bez Uma, analogue photography provides a sense of freedom. It makes one careful and the pictures are as tangible as reality. Unexpected outcomes are his favourite. They are like happy accidents waiting to be captured on film emulsions.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m Bez Uma, I’m 24 years old and living in Russia. I love Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Every day except Mondays really.
How/When did you begin taking pictures? What was your first camera?
As with all the best things in life, it happened by pure accident. My girlfriend gave me a phone as a birthday present. After a few months of taking low resolution pictures I decided to try something more serious. Now I have an analogue Pentax K-1000 as my main camera and Zenit ET as the secondary one.
Describe your style in photography. What are your usual subjects and themes?
I like to shoot things, people and also how they relate to each other. I think my camera is a device that I use to explore the surrounding world; to understand the rules which it contains for. Oh, and there are also those special moments that just have to be captured. At any price.
Amongst your numerous film photographs, which is your favourite?
It was a Sunday morning and I had just woken up. Fog was everywhere. I decided to put my hand out of the window: Who knows, I thought, maybe I could catch a bird to make a tasty breakfast? But obviously no birds were around, so I made a sandwich instead.
What is the soundtrack for your series of photographs?
Clocks ticking and rain falling.
We all have our idols, which photographers do you look up to?
Well, I have a bad memory for names. Anyway, names don’t matter. Works – that’s what’s really important.
If you could take anyone’s portrait using film, can be living or dead, who (would it be), which (camera would you use), and why?
I’ve always been fascinated by David Bowie. His songs sound so fresh and catchy and his stylish look burns imitators like Lady Gaga to the ground. If I could shoot him drinking coffee at the New York cafe, I would be very happy.
Analogue vs. Digital. What makes analogue/film photography more special than digital?
The reason is simple. With analogue photography when you have only 36 frames to shoot, you start to think more carefully about what result you want to get. Such limitations can give real freedom for a photographer. Secondly, pictures, you made with a film camera, exist. You can touch them, sniff them, tear them up, while digital photo is a conglomeration of billions of ones and zeros.
Do you own Lomography cameras? Which is your favourite? / Which Lomographic camera would you like to have and why?
Unfortunately, I don’t have any Lomography cameras at the moment, although I’d like to have LOMO LC-A for the lush pictures you can create with it.
A lot of people are into photography today, what would you say to them to inspire them more?
1. Look around.
2. Push the button.
3. Go to step 1.
Do you have any ongoing/future projects?
Right now, I’m going to make an editorial based on the theme of travel.
View more of Bez Uma’s work at flickr.com/bezuma.