For today's My Friend feature, meet lomoteddy! Lomo + Teddy = lomoteddy. Get to know more about the LA-based Lomographer who also works as a nurse!
My name is Teddy, and I live in downtown LA. I like John Coltrane Live at Birdland, and I work as a nurse.
There’s always an interesting story to every Lomographer – what would be your Lomo story?
To collect photographs, is to collect the world. Most adventures involve some sort of trespassing, the last to a trailer park, with some amazing old trailers and mobile homes that I went inside, it was so cool to see inside someone’s home and car at the same time. In one there was a deck of cards next to the kitchen just overlooking the steering wheel, with this old shag rug worn from trips across the states.
What is the reason behind your Lomo name?
I am lomoteddy, its nothing quite extraordinary, my name is Teddy, and all the other names were taken. Hehe. No, like most things in life, it just started as a thought, and then it became a reality.
Why analog? Why not digital?
As everyone may have heard, primitive people fear that the camera will rob them of some part of their being. That every body is in its natural state made up of a series of ghostly images superimposed in layers to infinity, and taking ones photo you take one of those layers. I’m not sure if that is true, but film has a power and magic that goes beyond a photo.
Can you tell about your best lomo shot. What, where, and why this photo?
The one that means the most to me may not be the most beautiful to someone else, but for me its the one with the flowers and the train tracks, it takes me back to the feeling of that city, the smell of the flowers at the flower market, and the sound of the sky train in Bangkok.
If you were a Lomo camera, what would you be and why?
I would be a Lomo LC-A, when you open the back and load the film, you load your imagination, all that life has brought you until that point in time, your journey, your experience. It gives more to the world than it takes away, it surprises and amazes, and it takes you places you never imagined.
What is your Lomo style?
There is something beautiful in every moment in life, and i only see the world with my own eyes. I take photos that mean something to me, and try to show something that can change the way i look at myself or the world around me. I walk down city streets looking for what makes a city live. I love the thrill and adventure of new experience, and being a part of the moments captured.
The Lomography staff is reading this interview right now, and I’m sure they’ll be very interested in your suggestions – what else do you want to see in the “revamped” Lomography website? Your own lomowall in your lomohome, perhaps? Monthly free piggies? Anything! Remember… they are reading this right now.
I would just like to thank them, and tell them how much I appreciate their hard work.
There’s a Lomo Legend that an unfound Lomo Genie Bottle is lying around the world somewhere out there. If you find this, you only get to choose three Lomo wishes – a Lomo camera that you currently do not own, any film of your choice, and your dream location. What camera? What film? And where in the world would you spend these Lomo wishes?
I use film, but for cameras I have all I need. If someone gave me more film I would make the most of each shot, and my dream location is to once again visit the land of smiles, the warmth and hospitality of Thailand.
Hold on, there’s a fourth wish – who among our fellow Lomographers would you like to collaborate with for this “wish project”, and why?
Mephisto19 because I still have his roll in the fridge and I need to get moving on it. LOL.
Just for kicks – - Does your Mom know that you like smelling films and that you’re into Lomography?
Yeah! My mom knows I love lomos because I buy my sister cameras and give her film.
Any parting words to our fellow Lomographers out there?
Lomography.com opens my eyes everyday, and I’m constantly inspired by amazing photographers here. Best wishes! We only have one life to live, might as well live it!