Adeline, aka Lady Croissant, is a lover of merry-go-rounds, a collector of nesting dolls, and a film photographer. She was recently featured here on Lomography as one of the top bloggers who use analogue cameras. Let us get to know her more in this solo interview.
Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Adeline, I’m French but I’ve been living in Oslo, Norway for two years. I’m the happy owner of 6 snow globes, a broken Rubik’s Cube and ten cameras. I’m a linguist, a historian, and a coffee lover.
How/When did you begin taking pictures? What was your first camera?
My mom had a Canon reflex camera for more than 20 years. It stopped working just a couple of years ago and she’s still very attached to it, it witnessed so much of our family life. I remember holding it when I was a little girl, I remember how heavy it was and how cautious I had to be whenever I was allowed to use it. This camera was and still is a treasure, it’s now displayed on a shelf because we couldn’t think of getting rid of it. I was given an Olympus SLR film camera for my 18th birthday and started shooting black & white. My camera collection’s grown a lot since then but I still have the same pleasure shooting film.
Describe your style in photography. What are your usual subjects and themes?
Honestly, I’ve never thought about my style in photography because I don’t distinguish it from my personality. I’m not interested in categories. I’m very intuitive and shoot details that caught my attention ; I have a very good memory and always remember where and when I took a photo so most of my photos are small capsules of happiness or time machines.
There are a few recurrent threads in my photos:
- merry-go-rounds, not only because they look beautiful but also because they remind me of my motto: “growing old doesn’t mean growing up”.
- collaborative experiments, like the one I had with Andrew two years ago. We used a disposable camera to shoot the theme ‘home’ then created diptychs of our photos. I love how photography can introduce you to people no matter how far away they live from you.
- Oslo, my adoptive city. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Oslo, its history and it identity. I keep shooting it and it never looks the same.
Amongst your numerous film photographs, which is your favourite?
That’s a tough one! I love any double exposure no matter how it turns out. Double exposure is one of the assets I like the most about Lomography. Creating layers and letting hasard having its say is one of the things I’m most interested in when it comes to photography. The possibilities are endless and there’s always this exciting element of surprise. I actually have two favourites, they were shot on the same roll with the same camera: my Diana F+ Hong Meow. The first one was taken in Bordeaux, France and the second one was taken outside my flat here in Oslo. I don’t know what I love them so much, I guess I’m just happy I turned familiar places into photos that reflect a little bit more, it feels like I’ve managed to show why those places are so special to me. I love how a double exposure makes you stop and pay attention to details. It’s like a treasure map.
What is the soundtrack for your series of photographs?
It depends. I associate the polaroids I took in Iceland to ‘Voltaic’ by Bjšrk because we were listening to it on repeat during our road trip. I associate my stay in New York to ‘Manhattan’ by Ella Fitzgerald. The list goes on and on… but most of the time my photos don’t have a soundtrack. Over the last year, I’ve learned to appreciate silence and also enjoy my own company instead of feeling lonely. It takes time and I’m still learning but I’m starting to value silence, my urban life is noisy enough, when I get a chance to catch silence, I’d rather enjoy it rather than finding a way to escape it.
We all have our idols, which photographers do you look up to?
I’m no expert but some photographers have definitely convinced me there’s endless magic in photography. I found out about Vivian Maier a few months ago and ever since, I’ve been completely fascinated by her personality and enamoured with her work. Every shot is so strong, I have no words to tell who moved I am by some of the portraits she took.
I saw Rune Guneriussen’s photos around the blogosphere for months before I found out that he was actually Norwegian and that we had a friend in common! His photography is beautiful. His use of Norway’s natural beauty to create whimsical installations is food for thought. I was lucky enough to attend one of his exhibitions last year and seeing huge prints of his work was a beautiful moment.
If you could take anyone’s portrait using film, can be living or dead, who (would it be), which (camera would you use), and why?
Bjšrk. I’m not only in awe of her amazing music but also of how bold she is: she’s never afraid of defying fashion conventions and take it one step further. She’s a great inspiration. I would probably take her portrait in motion using my SuperSampler. She has so much energy, it’d be a shame to ask her to stand still.
Analogue vs. Digital. What makes analogue/film photography more special than digital?
The unexpected, the lack of control, the learning of patience.
It’s convenient to choose the easiest way and snap photos with my iPhone but I enjoy so much more using my film cameras. I love fiddling with the settings and trying my luck. Like many people, I’m a busy bee during the week and when I have a day off, I like to take my time. In that matter analogue photography feels like the right choice, I don’t point, shoot and move on, I think about how to make the best shot possible. I put much more of myself in my analogue photography and I also get more pride out of it.
Do you own Lomography cameras? Which is your favourite? / Which Lomographic camera would you like to have and why?
I own four Lomography cameras: Madame Diana F+ and Mademoiselle Diana Mini, a SuperSampler and an Oktomat. The Lubitel 166 U has been on my wishlist forever. I know I’ll purchase it eventually, I just have to save up my pennies. I’m also in love with the Sprocket Rocket ever since my friend Diana posted some photos she took with hers.
A lot of people are into photography today, what would you say to them to inspire them more?
Be yourself, keep it simple and allow your personality to shine through your photos. You should take photos for yourself and no one else.
Aside from www.ladycroissant.com, do you have other creative online/offline projects? If none, what other creative pursuits do you wish you could explore?
My main project at the moment is an experimental travel: I’ve been sending a plastic doll around the world for over two years. Her name is Ada and she has her own blog. I do believe in simple things: I believe that a smile can make your day or that trusting people you’ve never met is magic. Browsing through the photos people took of Ada on her adventures brings immediately a smile upon my face. It’s also a great inspiration, participants keep finding new ways of shooting her portrait, the possibilities seem endless.
One of the projects I’m looking forward to getting started with, is one centred around Sign Language. It’s something we’ve been talking about for a long time with a deaf friend of mine. Sign Language is such a beautiful language and has so much potential, it’s the only language that can be captured on film without the written medium. Hopefully my set of photos will capture its expressiveness and its poetry.
Thank you so much for having me!
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