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5 Questions on Analogue Photography with Zoya Bragina

In this ongoing series, we have selected some of the most enthusiastic film photography fanatics and asked them 5 simple questions that gives us an insight into their passion for all things analogue. We also get to see some of their own photographs. Today we talk to Zoya who loves to shoot with the Lubitel.

Photos: Zoya Bragina

Name: Zoya
Occupation: White Collar
Country: France/Russia

1. Tell us about yourself in three sentences maximum?
I’m 23, Russian living in Paris. I love my family, sweets, cruiser bikes, live concerts, travelling, dreaming, and taking pictures! I used to play bass in a band back in Moscow.

2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
I shoot analogue because I think the world looks better through my camera view finder than on a digital display. I adore the sound of a true mechanical shutter. I value every shot, because I know I only have 36 (or even 12) of them. I love that I cannot see the result straight away and sometimes I keep undeveloped films for months. But the evening when I come home with scanned photos is a feast in itself! I fancy analogue photos for their little imperfections that remind me of my parents’ pictures in our family albums.
And yes, I shoot analogue just because I don’t know how to shoot digital.

3.What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
My favourite camera is my original Lubitel 166 B that I bought for 600 roubles (about 12 pounds) on a flea market in St.Petersburg three years ago. It’s old and plastic so I use black electrical tape to avoid light leaks. I always have my Swiss army knife to cut it (it’s practical for bottle-opening, too). And since the Lubitel doesn’t have an integrated light-meter, I use the one my friend gave me – a German 1960’s analogue light-meter that used to belong to his grandpa.
Altogether, I own 8 analogue cameras and they’re all different: from an SLR Zenit 122 to a point-and-shoot Kodak Star.

4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
Full length portraits shot from the waist with a medium format camera are always awesome!

5. What photographers influence your work?
I used to attend a History of Photography course before I started shooting, so I’m more about old b&w photographers. I’m largely influenced by Atget, the way he pictured Paris. All the shop window reflections, deserted streets, staircases… I try to copy him unconsciously. I also love Lartigue and his history. He got his first camera in 1902 when he was 8 years old and became a kind of biographer of his time just shooting his family and the world around him. Finally, I adore Rodchenko because of his straight lines and how he captured constructivist Moscow, USSR as a young country and the fact his was friends with my favourite poet – Mayakovski.

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions Zoya!
To see more of Zoya’s photos you can visit her Flickr site you can also see Zoya’s Lubitel 166 B shots and her full length portraits.

The Lubitel 166+ is a loving recreation of the Soviet-era classic. Based on a design that dates back over 60 years, this camera is updated with new features like the ability to shoot both 120 and 35mm film. Shoot mind-blowing images with the Lubitel 166+, available in our Online Shop.

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