Lomography Italia hasn't been around for too long, but passionate Italian Lomographers have been around a while and they're awesome. We take off with a date with Superlighter. He'll amaze you!
Once upon a time, there was a boy who daydreamed and was always happy. He quickly began turning his daydreams into drawings up until he enrolled in art school, received his Masters in Contemporary Art diploma, and eventually became a musician.
Then one day he discovered photography… How?
Long story. The first time was completely random. One day I found a Kodak Instamatic 50, which I still own. Somone lost it at the public garden where I used to spend most of my free time. I was 10 or 11 years old, I had no idea what to do with it. So I went to a photographer who lived nearby and asked him to explain how that odd metal box worked. I remember how stunned I was by the photos on display in his small shop.
From then on, on and off, photography became a part of my life. At first it simply served as a means to record ‘important’ moments, then around the 80s, I became attracted to the expressive and artistic side of photography. In ‘92 I bought my first Ricoh KR10-M. It was then that I began shooting ’other’ photos.
What has Lomography changed in the way you look at photography?
Little or nothing at all. It immediately felt like home! Complete freedom of expression without rules or dogma.
What does holding a camera in your hand mean to you?
At times it’s like holding a spoon to eat minestra with, at others, it’s like holding a gun.
How would you define the mood you’re in when you produce your best shots?
I feel like a beast that just caught its prey and I don’t care about what’s happening around me – it’s just all about me and my subject.
What makes you go wow when you look at a photo?
The truth within it.
Which experiences would you say have made you grow as photographer? How long have you been a Lomographer?
Surely, discovering Lomography and the continuous influx of information through the net is really important for those like me who live in a province.
Proud Lomographer since 13th July 1997!
Who would be or has been the most important person to comment/praise your work?
I have a tendency to forget comments and praise. I don’t want to sound stuck up or rude. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, but I can’t think of anything right now. My memory sucks!
If photography is art, what does it mean to you? If it were a book, a film or a song which would it be?
Photography is Art!!! Pinocchio, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Heroes by David Bowie.
Landscapes or portraits?
A portrait with a nice landscape in the background.
Why are you analogue?
I get bored fast.
Real Name: Aurelio Laloni
Lomography Username: superlighter
Distinctive features: mole on the tip of the nose (signifying endless curiosity?)
Favourite Camera: Lomo LC-A
More photos at: superlighter’s home