In this new ongoing series "5 Questions on Analogue Photography with…" we send out the same set of questions to photographers. This time, Cameron Russell – Central South Territory Manager for Lomography US – answered these and sent along a selection of his work.
Name: Cameron Russell
Occupation: Central South Territory Manager for Lomography US
Country: United States
1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m a shoot first and ask questions later kind of guy. I once watched 2300 movies in 3 years. Film is the only analog thing in my life, aside from a record player I found on the side of the road.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
I wasn’t into photography until about 3 1/2 years ago. My dad gave me a digital point and shoot. I used to to take pictures at concerts and such. It didn’t excite me. When I stumbled upon the cross processing, the colors touched me emotionally. That got me started on film, but it wasn’t until I found out about multiple exposures, that I got truly passionate about analog. Multiple exposures in a digital medium look like they are just set on top of each other. It’s static and cold. Analog multiple exposures flow into each other the same way memories do. They are unpredictable, soft, and dynamic.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
My bag has several standard items. 2-3 rolls of fresh 35mm film 100 and 400 iso, 1 fresh roll of 400 iso 120 film, 2 texture/suject rolls to double with, a colorsplash flash, Diana flash with adapters, a small screwdriver kit for emergencies, a sharpie to mark rolls I’m shooting twice, a Sprocket Rocket, a small photo book to show people the types of things I shoot, 2 AA batteries, and some business cards for when people ask me about my cameras and what I’m doing. The LC-A+ is in my hand or back pocket and the Diana F+ is slung across my shoulder.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
I shoot mostly double exposures. When I shoot the texture portion of the double, I will move the iso rating on my LC-A+ down 2 stops from the film’s rating. It makes the texture more subtle and the subject stands out more without competing for attention. This works especially good on clouds, as they tend to be white and can blow out a shot.
5. What photographers influence your work?
I never went to school for photography and I am just now starting to learn about famous photographers. Most of my influences have been Lomographers I have followed on LomoHomes or flickr. Maya Newman, Jamie Mellor, and Simon Tomlinson were all people who’s results I chased after. Philippe Halsman is a major inspiration on my portrait work. In the end, what I try to do is modify and extrapolate new concepts from images I see. The end result I am chasing, now, is something I haven’t seen anyone do. That’s when I get a real sense of pride.