Doing something creative that is born out somewhere between the margins of analogue passion and pure fun is usually what defines a hip-shooting and long-standing Lomographer. But what about those who just arrived at the party?
Whether if they are just starting out or already a well-seasoned picture taker who wants to revert back in using the traditional emulsion – despite what cynicists say about our chosen photographic medium – It is never too late for anyone to go back and experience what it is really like shooting with film!
That is why this time, we had a small chat with our selected Newcomer of the week and got a glimpse of his being now that Lomography has taken over his life!
Location: Los Angeles / San Francisco
Current film cameras: VoigtlanderR4A, Canon Elan7ne, Ansco Sure Shot, Agfa Solette II, Kodak Cine Special, Fed 3 3 Refurbished http://shop.lomography.com/fed-3-refurbished
How did you find out about the community and who/what convinced you to join?
I’ve known about Lomography for a long time but was never interested in social media. To me it feels cheap to socialize with people I dont really know or haven’t met in real life. Well, that’s how I saw Lomography and that’s why I didn’t even consider it. Until a friend and I were talking about film photography and at the end of the conversation he told me that I was missing out by not joining the Lomography community. And it hit me just like that, I do have a strong connection with these people, so I joined.
Is there anyone in the Lomographic Society you look up to? If yes, who is him/her and why?
Well wil6ka is the one who got me in joining and he’s pretty much a great photographer and a very smart insightful person. And I like that. But there are so many talented Lomographers out there, to choose one would be as difficult as choosing your favorite rainbow. You just can’t.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
I’m sure that rule #10 defines me. I’ll do whatever I want, with attitude, to get the shots I like. I was once stopped by the junkyard dogs (police) for doing things they don’t agree with. It’s kind of a “Cool Hand Luke” complex.
In this digital age, why still film?
I have a lot of reasons…..
1) I dont want my images to look hyper real. I want them to look like something I don’t see everyday. A memory, a different world, fantasy… to give me an escape from dullness and be a source of inspiration. Film is great at doing that and it’s also really fun. If I try to do something digitally creative… pathetic. I don’t want to sit in front of a computer manipulating what isn’t real, that won’t last. Besides, it wil not look as good as film anyway. It’s not natural to emulate what I once used to do with film, it’s Orwellian.
2) Anyone in the professional film industry will tell you that film is still better, even in the age of the infamous Red camera and 30MP cameras. Optically, digital sensors refract light and “rainbow” the corners of your image. The rear element has to be farther away from the sensor to help with this, changing your lens design and exacerbating the law of squares (degradation of the sharpnes of focused light exponentially over distance). Really, there are TONS of problems, technicaly, with digital.
3) Besides technicality. Thought, concentration, consistency, respect for the image and craftsmanship takes a back seat to instant gradification with digital.
4) Digital files are temporary and unstable. I just dont know where my pictures go sometimes. It’s not that I’m unorganized, I just don’t think that digital devices are stable for archiving since computers break. I love my pictures and when I shoot them on film I know they’re going to last for at least 100 years.
5) This is kind of a side note. I love film so much and I am upset about Kodak’s recent announcement of possible bankruptcy. It scares me to think that film might go away. Sometimes it feels like I’m in a Star Trek episode where the (digital users) borg are attacking the (film users) enterprise. I think there are a lot of us out there who feels this way and as a result I don’t think that film will go away. I’m realy happy that Lomography is popular and I’m really happy to be a part of it.
Share your current favorite Lomograph (could be yours or a friend’s) and explain why it is your favorite.
I like this photo a lot because it reminds me of Alfred Stieglitz, whom I just love. It is soaked with vintage emotion. Although you have to look at it by itself and not as a whole to feel this way.
Newbie, rookie, neophyte or whatever you call them, our new breed of the ever-growing band of Lomographers are set to conquer the analogue land with their brand new hip-shooting abilities! And this is where we feature them along with their wistful thoughts and the freshest snaps each week!