<b>1. Tell us your Lomo story. How did you get initiated?</b>
1. Tell us your Lomo story. How did you get initiated?
Once upon a time in a land far far away… Nah, it was anything but a fairytale beginning for me. I was gifted a Supersampler by my dad in 2002 cause he knew I was interested in photography and thought an unusual camera like this might interest me. But after my intital interest and first few rolls of film, I was just left terribly dissapointed! Not one of the 100 odd pictures looked anything like I had imagained, or ‘composed’. So eventually I gave up on it and the supersampler retired to my sock drawer and I went back to my trusty manual SLR.
In 2004 I moved to Bangkok and my supersampler also travelled with me, hidden amongst my socks. Once in Bangkok I came in contact with other lomographers such as folkways, kyng, uglykid, nuon etc.. and started hanging out with them and I think that interaction just kickstarted my inner ‘lomoinstincts’! From then on there has been no stopping my addiction for film and quirky cameras and all things analogue.
2. What is your Lomo highlight of all times?
Hmm… I think it might have to be something as simple and purely joyful as winning lomohome of the day just within a month or so of creating my home! And at that time I only had supersampler images and soon with the piggys I collected I was able to buy my first LC-A!
3. What is the most Lomo-photogenic place of all for you on this planet and why?
I think it would be the whole of SE Asia. Most of my best images have come from my time spent in Thailand and travels to Malaysia, HK etc.. I have no idea what makes these images different but they just seem to have more of this dreamy-painterly quality to them. It might be the light is different closer to the equator, or maybe its somehow realated to all the yummy food in the region!
4. You used to live in many places before, what made you move to London?
After living and working between Bangkok and NY for 4 years as a merchandiser for a jewelery company, I made a crazy decision begining of 2008 that I would quit work and go back to college and study different aspects of design, spurned by a yearning to to do something more creative in my life. So I have landed up in London, doing a foundation year in art and design at london college of communication, and loving every minute of it!
5. In your studies, do you feel that your previous Lomo – experience affects your projects and decisions? Tell us more.
Maybe in some ways lomography has affected my creative thought process. I guess it might have made me more open to exploring different angles and in realizing that rules are meant to be broken!
6. You gonna be a part of an exhibition soon, what’s it all about?
The wonderful neja (Julija) and I are doing a small exhibition in a pizza restaurant called Castello Pizzeria in Bermondsey, London. It is a very popular place with lots of local customers so we decided to capture images from in and around its neighbourhood, to enhance the restuarants cozy atmosphere. We got this great opporunity thanks to our photography tutor at LCC , Graham Diprose, who has taught us both and encourages us to do more all the time.
The exhibition goes up on the 2nd of December, so if anyone is in the neighbourhood during December and January then please do drop in!
7. What are your favorite Lomo cameras so far and why?
The one and only Supersampler! We had a turbulent start to the relationship, but now we are inseperable!
I love the versatility of the images it produces, from extremely dynamic and cinematic to a more static and Graphic feel. I also think it is one of the sexiest cameras and i am trying to collect all the colours, so far having Matt Blue, Glossy Blue, Pearl White, Red, Green (Dalek), Pink (Dalek), Black and Purple!
8. Share some tricks with us! What’ s the secret behind you beautiful images?
I think most people tend to overlook the static, repeating images that the Supersampler can take with its 0.2sec mode, going more for a lot of action shots with the 2sec mode. I really like the repetative images in the long panaromic format, it makes it seem like time stood still only within this narrow frame and gives the images a very calm atmosphere.
9. Ask yourself a question and answer it!
Q: What do you hope people walk away from your work with?
A: A smile!