My Friend... mattcharnock

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**Let us know a little bit more about who you are and what your present life is made of.**

Let us know a little bit more about who you are and what your present life is made of.

My name is Matt and I am a 6’2” 31 year old caffeine addict with big hair. When I am not tidying up after my son I am planning shoots or shooting something. Currently my wife and I are talking about moving to Denmark where I can open my own studio (unless LSI offers me a job in the meantime! Hint hint!) I am slightly obsessed with images and really enjoy analyzing pictures as well as taking them, I love exploring people’s homes on this site and am often blown away by the shots I see.

And how do you wish your future to look like? Will it be digital or analog?

I would actually like to think that the future is both. When I am doing a pro shoot I will always shoot on my Canon 5D and my Mamyia C220 (which is an amazing camera to shoot with – review coming soon!) and then I have all bases covered. I love analogue . Part of its charm is the total unpredictable nature of the camera itself, it puts its personality into the picture, and to quote pulp fiction, personality goes a long way. and think there is a place for it and anyone who thinks otherwise can meet my friends Pain and Hurt (imagining I am waving my fists in threatening manner while I said that) . On the other hand digital is such a timesaving medium, and the instant nature makes it a valuable instrument in the commercial world. Digital photography is awesome but maybe lacks the soul of analogue as it really requires no knowledge to use it.

When, how and why did you become a lomographer?

By accident. I had seen the Lomo cams but was talked out of buying one. Then I went to New York and talked myself into buying one. From that first camera I was addicted. I even get withdrawal symptoms if I haven’t shot for a while. My wife thinks I may need some help, but I f I do so does everyone on this site!

Do you remember the day you took your first shot? How old were you? Which camera did you use? How did you feel?

My first Lomo cam was the fisheye 2 I bought it in New York and went shooting straight away. I think the first shot I took was probably me looking into the camera trying to work it out, but the first proper shot was of my sister and me on a tour bus. It was an eventful day as I ended up getting caught up in a parade and I saw Jennifer Lopez so had loads to shoot. It felt really good having this camera which looked cool and totally different to anything else. Later I was on the subway and a woman I was sitting next to started asking me about it and felt a little bit famous! It was also on this trip that I realized the importance of rule always to have my camera with me as the following morning I ended up having breakfast with Ian Brown and sadly no camera! A mistake I have not made since!

What is your favorite Lomo camera and why?

That is way to difficult to answer, like having to pick your favorite kid (which is why I have only one kid!) My favorite can change from shoot to shoot. The camera I have with me at all times is the LCA. It is small enough to carry comfortably and allows me to make quick shots. I love the pictures my Diana produces – but I have two and they are both different so sometimes its one not the other, and my Holga is…and…and…and AAAAAGGGGGHHHHH! Too difficult!

Have you ever been disappointed by a Lomo camera? Or did you ever experience a looooong “taming” period with one of the lomographic cameras until you finally got the result you were expecting? Which one was it? And where was the frustration coming from?

The Holga. When I got the pictures back from the first roll I shot through this I was really disappointed. I didn’t see the depth that I had seen in other lomographers work and the quirks weren’t there and those beautiful light leaks weren’t there. And I didn’t use it for a long time after that. Then I discovered that it was in fact the lab that had messed the dev up and not the camera. So I tried another roll sent it somewhere else and was really happy with the results. The Holga is also a difficult camera to tame but if someone cant decide between getting a Holga or a Diana first, I would so recommend the Holga, she is a great starting point and less of a madam.

What is your favourite lomo tip/trick or the technique you master the better? Show us an example!

I think the thing I really like doing is trying to workout what else the camera can do. The “what if I…” factor. So I like to make masks to go on the inside of the camera or stick things to the lens. Or maybe develop the film in a different way, like x-pro colour film black and white (you can’t do it the other way) or develop film in coffee, so I guess I am a little experimental. Oh and composition. I know it goes against the don’t thing just shoot ideology, but I like composition. Sorry.

Let us see your favorite shot and tell us more about it!

My favorite shot has not always been my favorite shot. In fact when it first came back I was really upset. In was a picture for a friends modeling portfolio. I found a field with a tv in it and set up the shot of my friend. I shot it on the Mamiya C22O sent it off and when it came back the the negs and print were purple! I was able to colour correct the pics in photoshop (another reason I love and hate digital) but then over time I realized the original purple pic was far stronger than the colour balanced shot. It was also the first time that the unexpected element of Lomography had shown its true colours (no pun intended) to me. But I also really like the composition of the shot and the depth of field and the richness of the blacks.

Matt its your turn to pick a friend!

written by cruzron on 2008-12-30 in #news #interview #mattcharnock #my-friend

9 Comments

  1. lazyrabbit
    lazyrabbit ·

    great interview! :)

  2. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    really great
    congrats on that matt!

  3. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    spot on matt!
    love the pics of lukas

  4. mantozauras
    mantozauras ·

    wonderful interview!
    high five Matt! :)

  5. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    it appears that you got all the answers right. ;)

  6. fotoglove
    fotoglove ·

    congrats :0 nice interview

  7. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Hey Matt... Awesome sample shots and great interview!!

    =)

  8. gregmarshall
    gregmarshall ·

    Very interesting to read about Matt!

  9. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    wow! very inspiring. cheers!

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