Like every young girl out there, Natalie is also excitedly looking forward to what the future has in store for her! Rather than getting herself anxious thinking about it, she then discovered Lomography!
Name: Natalie Fong
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Number of years as a Lomographer: About four years
Number of years in the Community: A little over a year
Share to us your most memorable experience in the Lomographic community.
I have to say that I’ve had many [including the time I was stopped at the airport because they thought my Spinner was a grenade; they kept scanning it, haha], be it getting Photo/Home of the Day, receiving lots of notifications and the joy that comes with knowing that people enjoy my art, having successful tipster attempts, and getting to know lomographers around world! I have to say most recently, though, that a memorable experience was when I received a surprise package from @werriston containing a shiny, black Sprocket Rocket for my 17th birthday! Thank you again :)
Have you actually met people in the community that you now consider as close friends? If yes,
name at least one of them.
Unfortunately, since I’m still in school, I haven’t really had a chance to travel much. But I remember when I went to the London Lomography Store, I caught a glimpse of @neja, and we started chatting online after that. One exception, funnily enough was meeting my friend’s neighbor, @nigelk, who turned out to be an avid lomographer and we’ve been friends ever since! I’m pleased to say though, that I’ve been able to help and introduce many of my friends to lomography; @kayswirl, @summsumm, @reneefee, @knakahara15, @geanbean (check them out!)
Do you think you’ll still be taking lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?
Yes, yes, yes! After discovering the possibilities of film and analogue cameras, I couldn’t possibly give it up for anything. I’ve only become an avid lomographer for about a year, but it’s been an amazing year (and few months) and looking back at pictures from past events makes me glad that I brought a camera along to record it. I can’t wait for what my future holds, and to shoot everything that comes my way! Golden Rule #3 remember? “Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.”
What is your favorite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences while
using this camera?
Ahh this is always a tough question…I said last time that the Spinner was my favorite camera but I think the LC-Wide is giving her a run for her money! My LC-Wide is so reliable and I can always count on getting great shots with it, and the fact that it has so many accessories to use (Instant Back, Krab, Flashes with color gels) makes it that much better! I’d have to say that the big island trip I took was a great experience with my LC-Wide and Krab. We went on a catamaran together and watched whales and manta rays! Then we went snorkeling with wild dolphins and took photos as we attempted to chase them down, it was amazing!
Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?
-Don’t be afraid of messed up photos and making mistakes, every lomographer has had plenty. Surprise is always an element of analogue photography whether it’s good or bad.
-Try out tipsters and write some of your own too, experimenting can be good fun!
-Never forget Golden Rule #1: Always take your camera wherever you go. You never know what you’ll miss if you leave it at home, it’s happened to me multiple times and I always, always, always regret it!
-Have fun with it! Don’t over think your photos, JUST SHOOT! :)
They are the ones whose passion transcends not only by what they do and say, but also with what they see and capture with their film cameras. And with such attributes aforementioned, they are what we call LomoGurus! Every week, we get to ask questions and reveal some insights with the most talented and productive of all Lomographers from the Community!