Community LomoAmigo Scorpie and Her Penchant for Landscapes and the LC-A+

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A graphic designer in real life, Lomographer Kathi Bondzio tells (and shows!) us about her creative days in a small city in Germany, including her strong liking for landscapes as captured by her LC-A+.

Credits: scorpie

Name: Kathi Bondzio
Country: Germany
LomoHome: scorpie

How long have you been a Lomographer? I’m sure you’re not new to this whole thing.

I’ve been doing this for more than nine years now (almost a third of my life!). My photography professor at uni introduced us to lomography, and I bought my first lomo camera, a pearl supersampler, in Berlin in May 2002.

Describe the LC-A+ in 5 words.

Unique, trusty, elegant, classic, sturdy

As a graphic designer, perhaps you have used any of your Lomography/analogue cameras for work? Tell us about it!

I’ve taken photos for some projetcs with my analogue SLR in the past, but nowadays I rarely take photos for the projects myself (I get pictures either directly from a photographer or use stockphotos). But I just started working on a new book project, an essay collection, that’s going to include some of my Holga and Diana black and white pictures. It’s going to be published in spring 2012, so I can’t really tell you more right now ;)

Claiming to have a weak spot for all things creative and crafty, what projects keep you busy apart from work?

Mostly illustration, both digital and analogue (the one thing I carry everywhere I go, apart from my LC-A+: a sketchbook). Then there’s phases where I venture into other things: printing, papercrafts, knitting, sewing, baking cupcakes… you name it. I love to try and learn new things. And I always love to see what ideas and projects other people come up with.

(Chocolate Muffins! Actually my friend made these…)

You mentioned that you go to gigs a lot. Can you recommend bands we should check out?

You should definitely check out Chikinki, I’ve seen them live more times than I like to admit, but they’re always so much fun I just have to go see them again and again.

(Chikinki @ Gebäude 9, Cologne, April 2011)

Do you go to those gigs with your local Lomographic community? What sort of hang outs do you guys frequent?

We don’t have a Store (yet), so we mostly meet up for Lomowalks. The other week we went to the fun fair together, and before that we went urban exploring, then there was a panorama-themed walk, a night-walk, we went to the flea-market together… And sometimes we end up going out for drinks after that, too.

What makes the LC-A+ your camera of choice?

It’s simply the perfect companion: it’s small enough to fit into any bag, works in any light-conditions, it’s easy to use and allows you to snap away really fast and without thinking. And on top of that, the pictures have that distinct and unique LC-A-look that we all love so much.

Credits: scorpie

You have such lovely photos of Nordpark in Dusseldorf. What were you up to in the gardens?

The photos were taken on Easter Sunday, and I was there with my family. It’s the perfect example for Golden Rule #3: „Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.“ In my experience, family outings and lomography go quite well together.

Credits: scorpie

What’s your favorite photo in the collection and why?

Oh, this is difficult! I think it’s this one, I love the colours!

Credits: scorpie

What tips can you give future LC-A+ users?

Don’t be shy, get close! Switch off your brain and snap away. And don’t ever leave the house without your camera.

The Lomo LC-A+ is known worldwide for its amazing features: automatic exposure, extended ISO range, and multiple and long exposure capabilities. Get your own Lomo LC-A+ now!

written by basterda on 2011-08-09 in #people #lomoamigos #community #scorpie #lc-a #lomoamigos

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