LomoAmigo Brian Boulos Shoots with the Diana F+


New York Fashion Photographer, Brian Boulos, takes the Lomography Diana F+ around and shows us what he's really made of. His constant search for creativity proves to be a trait to be admired.


How long have you been a Lomographer for (or are you new to this whole thing)?
I hadn’t even heard of the company until there was a sale at the store just after it opened, in early 2009. My photo producer friend Marissa invited me along and I grabbed one. I rarely ever shot with film before that, except for when I was first learning on an SLR, so I thought it would be fun. I knew nothing about it. I started to see some friends with them and all of a sudden I got linked up with the company.

Describe the Diana F+ in five words
Cute, easy, basic, original, tasty (with ketchup)

The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had?
Oh man, there’s always something strange or funny. I guess it was funny one time in Florida, as 3OH!3 arrived for me to shoot them, I slammed the rental car door shut as I went to greet them, and then realized all the doors were locked – with all the equipment and cameras inside (except my Diana camera actually haha – there is a shot in the gallery from that day!). They went to lunch and I got a guy to get it open, and it all worked out. One of those things that’s only funny in retrospect.

If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be (song title & artist please)?
Pretty much anything by Sigur Ros, I think. Each photo would have a different song I guess, but that also would depend on my mood. So I’m just going with Sigur Ros.

How was your experience with the Diana World Tour? What was your most memorable experience?
That was awesome. I was excited to be a part of that and be acknowledged by the company that has allowed me to pursue a new avenue with my photos, and be shown along with the homies Dave Ortiz, Elijah Wood, Alexandra Klasinski, etc.

How often do you bring your Lomographic camera with you?
Whenever I’m going to be outdoors or in interesting places, especially when it’s sunny, I throw it in my bag with a couple extra rolls of film (usually Kodak VC or NC 120, always 120), or on a regular photo shoot. If I’m being lazy or without a bag and don’t feel like carrying it (even though it weighs next to nothing), that’s always when I see the best shots that I could have taken if I had brought it with me.

You work a lot with fashion. What is your personal fashion style? Who and what do you like to wear?
I guess I try to be stylish, but in a subtle way. It’s definitely influenced by NYC, and there are small flashes of punk/hip-hop/skate and snowboard culture that I’ve always been a part of. I never want to look like I’m in a costume, so it’s usually more dark (lots of black). Stylish but simple. Nice quality details like sunglasses, a watch, and materials go a long way without being trendy or screaming for attention. I could care less what’s on the label as long as it’s a good medium fit and looks good!

Your pictures showed that you traveled to another country. Where did you go and what was your most memorable part of it?
Well I’ve been to a few countries in the past couple of years! But you are probably referring to a few taken in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. That was a definitely a trip. My grandfather was born in Haiti and lived there until moving to Brooklyn when he was 12, and I have some cousins there, who were quite fortunate to have been spared of personal devastation – and were also heroic after the earthquake in organizing and working at a nearby hospital. I felt compelled to go and a week or so later flew into Dominican Republic, and made my way to Haiti via a car through some connections they had there. My goal aside from the physical work, was to do a photo show with proceeds to the hospital, which never came to fruition – but hopefully will at some point.
The most memorable part, as cliché as it sounds, was making the kids smile. Despite immense language barriers we were able to connect and enjoy each other. The spirit of these children in the face of such immense loss for their country and their own personal lives was incredible. Also, spending time with my family there was quite nice, albeit under unfortunate circumstances.

If you were to have One Superpower, what would it be and why?
The superpower that let’s me have more superpowers, of course! Or does that only work for wishes? Probably the ability to hear every conversation ever. And it’d drive me fuckin nuts.

As a photographer, what is your favorite backdrop for your photo shoots? Also, do you have a secret spot to shoot?
Backgrounds are really important to me for the most part. It sets the tone for the photo. Counter to what seems to be the trend these days, I hate shooting against white walls, unless it’s for commercial work in a studio or something. I don’t necessarily not like looking at it – it just doesn’t work for me personally. I love natural backgrounds, grand buildings, anything that in a picture will work with the subject and not be too specific to any exact location, but more of an ambiguous and beautiful setting.

My secret spot? That’s a secret. And you’d probably end up with your car towed and a trespassing citation.

You currently live in New York City. What is your favorite part of living in the urban jungle and why?
My favorite part of living in NYC is access. Access to my family and extended family, the deep roots of friends from different places and completely different lifestyles, access to delicious food, access to the most random and unique events, from high-brow to low-brow in one night. The seasons (I love them all). A lot of people toss around “only in New York” with things that could happen anywhere, really… but a lot of times, they’re right – and it’s in the details.

If you were to do a photo shoot for any fashion designer, which 3 fashion designers would you pick?
I would love to shoot the almost in-accessible and dreamlike gorgeousness of high-fashion brands like Valentino and McQueen. I also have a soft-spot for wanting to hang outdoors and shoot with brands like Roxy and catalogs for Urban Outfitters. I think I work best in those settings.

Your advice to future Diana F+ photographers.
I’m gonna blow Lomography’s mind with this one, but my advice would be almost the opposite of the “don’t think, just shoot” idealogy that Lomo has fostered – so it really depends on what’s right for you and your subject.

I like to think a lot when I use the Diana. Since the film is limited and sensitive, I take my time – I think about the finished product, as opposed to firing off 10 frames and then looking at the back of a screen as I would with digital. Take your time, think about the shot, the light, the prior exposure (if you are shooting more than one on a frame) – and then shoot. When shooting digital it’s easy to just snap away, but if you breathe for a second and think about the light and your subject you can make something amazing. With that said, there is something to be said for snapping away with abandon, because you can get some fun, surprising, and often beautiful results. Do what works for you.

Take a closer look at his gallery bellow:

Check out more of his work here

written by mmoya on 2011-05-23 in #people #lomoamigos


  1. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    super shots )) cute models

  2. zoe191
    zoe191 ·

    great interview and photos

  3. xbalboax
    xbalboax ·

    inspirational work! gotta go dig out my diana now!

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomo'instant LomoAmigo: Martin Smith

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-02-17 in #people #news #lifestyle #locations #lomoamigos
    Lomo'instant LomoAmigo: Martin Smith

    Martin Smith is a London based film photography fan who was one of the first people to receive the Lomo'instant from the Kickstarter Campaign. Since then he's been avidly shooting around town. Martin chatted to us about his love for instant photography and showed us some of his excellent shots. Read on for the full interview.

  • LomoAmigo Galleries: Asher Moss and LomoChrome Purple

    written by mindofmyra on 2014-11-07 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo Galleries: Asher Moss and LomoChrome Purple

    Our LomoAmigo, Asher Moss, shows us his best photographs from a week with other creatives to explore photography, filmmaking, modeling, and music. He escaped to Joshua Tree for three days with the LomoChrome Purple and a few other artists. Check out the vibrant purples and blues that make the LomoChrome Purple, as shown in the Asher Moss' photographs.

  • LomoAmigo: Singer-Songwriter Ryan Star

    written by kylah on 2014-03-24 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Singer-Songwriter Ryan Star

    Not only did rocker Ryan Star love taking pictures with the Fisheye No. 2, but last time he played in New York City, we sent two lucky fans to the show with Color Splash cameras. In this interview, Ryan shares his favorite shots and tells us about his experience with the Fisheye No. 2.

  • 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!

  • LomoAmigo: Emrah Altınok from Turkey

    written by merveengin on 2014-05-21 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Emrah Altınok from Turkey

    Our LomoAmigo Emrah Altınok says: "Analogue photography is indispensable; because it is genuine, it is exciting, it is open to surprises." We had a pleasant conversation with photographer, poet and musician Emrah Altınok, about the adventures of his photo shoot with Diana F +.

  • Petzval LomoAmigo Chris Pollard

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-12-08 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo Chris Pollard

    Chris Pollard is a fashion photographer who, despite his exposure to the fast-paced world of runways and fashion, still has a passion for film photography. He expressed a keen interest in testing the New Petzval Lens, and we were more than glad to let him try it for himself. He shares photos ad answers a few questions in this exclusive feature.

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Fashion Photographer Joe Prileszky

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-09-03 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Fashion Photographer Joe Prileszky

    Joe Prileszky is a 21-year-old fashion and portrait photographer based in London. He jumped at the opportunity to shoot with the New Petzval Lens and absolutely went to town with it! Check out our exclusive interview with Joe and his Petzval shots after the jump.

  • Shop News

    Belair Camera

    Belair Camera

    Love medium format? This Belair baby will never fail you to satisfy your cravings for taking photographs in 120 format! Choose among the different variants of Belair cameras that will suit your tastes!

  • LomoAmigo: Tom Skyrme from Swim Mountain

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-07-14 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Tom Skyrme from Swim Mountain

    Tom Skyrme is a musician from East London who has been shooting on film since he was a kid. His psych-pop band Swim Mountain will be playing live at the Lomography x Nixon Exhibition in Soho on July 24th. We caught up with Tom ahead of this gig to find out what makes him tick.

  • LomoAmigo: Mami Tanabe shoots with the LC-Wide

    written by ciscoswank on 2014-05-16 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Mami Tanabe shoots with the LC-Wide

    Mami is a talented fashion photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. She flies all over the world to visit different fashion shows and shoot runways. Check her amazing photographs taken using the LC-Wide in one of the world's most fashionable cities, a city that never sleeps – Shibuya!

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Singapore's Stephen Chin

    written by edwinchau on 2014-12-22 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Singapore's Stephen Chin

    Stephen Chin’s expertise covers architectural, commercial, food, wedding and portrait photography. The duly licensed photographer from Singapore has been shooting for a decade yet continuously strives to up the ante through the continuous discovery and mastery of new techniques. He took a step back and experimented with the new Petzval lens recently, and came up with such striking results.

  • Shop News

    Wear lomo-love on your skin

    Wear lomo-love on your skin

    You’ve shouted your analogue love from the rooftops and worn your heart on your sleeve – Now it’s time to take it to the next level and wear it on your skin! Our new Lomography Tattoos are fun, easy to apply and come in five designs.

  • 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.

  • Diana F+ Forever!

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-09-08 in #news
    Diana F+ Forever!

    We have been digging in our archives here at Lomography UK and have noticed how often the Diana F+ is featured on the front pages of magazines. It appears to be the most photographed of all our cameras. Here are a few wonderful fashion shots that show off the Diana F+ to the world!

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Music Photographer Tom Sheehan

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-10 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Music Photographer Tom Sheehan

    Last year, Lomography UK had the honor of hosting an exhibition by music photographer Tom Sheehan. Tom has photographed everyone from Mick Jagger, The Smiths, The Charlatans, Tom Waits, David Byrne to name just a few! We lent him a Petzval lens and asked him to test it on a shoot, and he granted us an exclusive interview.