He rediscovered the Lomography Community and at present has no intentions of looking back. What is the story behind this? And where will it continue?
Know more of Sahil, or also known as sahilkarkhanis in our Community, our Newcomer of the Week.
Name: Sahil Karkhanis
Lomography username: sahilkarkhanis
Location: Bangalore, India
Current film cameras: Nikon F75, Pentax ME Super, Lomography Supersampler, Lomography Diana Mini, Lomography La Sardina Fischers Fritze, and Holga 135 BC TLR
How did you find out about the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I really don’t remember how I found out about the Community, but it was many years back. The idea of shooting from the hip with a toy camera seemed interesting at the time but I didn’t do anything about it. I was far too busy shooting ‘serious’ stuff with ‘serious’ cameras. Then last year my girlfriend (now my wife) found out about a LomoWalk in Bombay (Mumbai) which was happening around the same time as our visit there. All spots were already taken but she went ahead and spoke to the organizers and wheedled two extra spots for us and pushed me to go with her. I went, and I was hooked.
Is there anyone in the Lomographic Society you look up to? If yes, who is him/her and why?
It’s really very difficult to name names. There are so many people in the Community who create breathtaking images every day. It’s inspiring to just browse through the ‘Handpicked Photos’ section and look at all the wonderful stuff going there. Some of these people are obviously very well-known and very popular within the Community, but there are others less known and less popular who make equally stunning images. Just click on ‘Random Home’ and you will know what I mean.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
I think it has to be Rule #3. Lomography, like every other interest of mine, is a part of my life not an interference to living.
In this digital age, why still film?
I never really got hooked to the digital bandwagon. My first, and only, digital camera is the 8meg snapper on my mobile phone. All throughout, for the last 17 years, I’ve always shot on film. I like the suspense of not knowing ‘exactly’ how my pictures will turn out. But more than that I love the fact that each film has a personality, a character, that is all its own.
Share your current favorite Lomograph (could be yours or a friend’s) and explain why it is your favorite.
My current favourite is this one
My wife took this picture in a popular but hole-in-the-wall bar in Barcelona. I like the sense of mystery that surrounds the floating fairy. What’s her story? Was she pretty once? She’s still pretty now, but in a derelict and slightly forgotten way. How did she end up like this? What’s she doing up on the roof of a smoky little bar? It’s the story behind the picture that makes it interesting. Sometimes it’s a story the photographer intended to tell, and sometimes it’s a story that springs to your mind, unbidden, the minute you see a picture.