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LomoGuru of the Week: Clickiemcpete

You might be quite overwhelmed with the number of Lomographs, albums, friends, and analogue cameras this LomoHome has; for I'm telling you, it sure is fit for a LomoGuru!

But don’t be intimidated for this guy sure is a nice and talented Lomographer! Having to spend just a few years in our Community, he sure has done a lot in the name of Lomography! And hey, have made lots of good analogue friends, too.

Let us not take too long with introductions because I’m quite sure you have heard of him. Here is this week’s LomoGuru, clickiemcpete!

Photo by clickiemcpete

Name: Peter Atwood
Lomography Username: clickiemcpete
Location: Western Massachusetts, USA
Number of years as a Lomographer: Two+
Number of years in the Community: Two+

Share to us your most memorable experience in the Lomographic Community.

I don’t think I have any specific memorable experience. For me, my Lomographic journey is a continuous immersion into a world of processes and dreams. I am endlessly fascinated with the images that people are able to capture, full of admiration for their skill and ability to be at the right place at the right time.

Yet one thing that has struck me again and again is the international aspect of Lomography. Seeing images from all over the world on a daily basis has greatly deepened my appreciation and respect for other cultures in a way that no other medium has done. I think Lomography gives the viewer a unique glimpse into the ordinary lives of other people. Also, it allows you to get a sense of place even if you are never able to go there yourself. It is perhaps the ultimate resource for the armchair traveller.

Have you actually met people in the Community that you now consider as close friends? If yes, name at least one of them.

*This has been a frustrating area for me. I have not met any other Lomographers in person. The main reason for this is that I live in a very rural area far from the big cities and also I spend most of my time when I am not making pictures working on my very time consuming business. Sadly, aside from one friend, the only other photographers I have met in my area are all DigiBots and can’t understand why I “waste” my time with film. However, I have become very friendly with many other Lomographers through the site and have done a lot of film swaps, etc. I hope to do more traveling in the next few years and get together with more people for LomoWalks.

Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?

Oh course! After learning how to use these cameras and films to create the kind of images I like to make, how could I not want to keep on doing it? It’s a big world out there and although there are many wonderful cameras ranging from antiques to modern masterpieces, “toy” cameras and specialized instruments such as the Spinner 360 allow photographers to create truly amazing images that cannot be achieved in any other way. So, while I love the clarity and perfection from expensive high fidelity machines such as Leicas, I find a great deal of joy in the world of dreamy lo-fi distortion that is only possible with a simple plastic lens.

What is your favorite Lomographic camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences while using this camera?

It is so hard to pick just one so I’ll pick two. The first two that immediately leap to mind are the LC-A and the LC-Wide. There is a kind of magic that the LC-A style cameras produce. I like the newer LC-A+ model because you can do multiple exposures and it has the slots to accept accessory lenses and splitzer…but in my opinion the older Russian made LC-As have better quality lenses and are capable of lower ISO settings so are better for my beloved Redscale films.

The main reason I picked the LC-A series though is because they are so darned pocketable and easy to use. You can’t capture those fleeting moments if you have to spend precious minutes retrieving a camera from a bag and fiddling with lens caps and switches. The LC-A wins the Rapid Deployment contest hands down and produces remarkable images for such an unassuming camera.

The LC-W takes it one step further with the contrasty and sharp wide angle lens, the internal masks and the ability to do endless panoramas. I almost always have one of these cameras in my pocket on any given day.

Do I have any memorable experiences with these cameras? I’m not trying to be cheesy but I would say the images they produce make even the most mundane experiences memorable. :D

Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?

Yes, go out and shoot, shoot, shoot! Try everything you can think of and don’t be afraid to make some mistakes and waste some film. Also, spend time studying the images of other Lomographers. Learn what films and cameras they are using and try to figure out how they get the results that you most admire, then go out and try to do it yourself. Ask questions, too. I have found everyone in the Community to be very forthcoming and helpful even when there is a language barrier.

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!

written by mayeemayee

47 comments

  1. bloomchen

    bloomchen

    @clickiemcpete congrats peter for being officially a GURU now.

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  2. grazie

    grazie

    I love his work, his excitement for photography and classic cameras, his enthusiasm, his corner of the world. Peter or @clickiemcpete is one of my inspirations from the very start and I consider him one of my great friends from the community. He is a true lomo guru!

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  3. goonies

    goonies

    @clickiemcpete you are amazing!!

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  4. mikahsupageek

    mikahsupageek

    @clickiemcpete Definitly is a great and big inspiration to most Lomographers here !!! And he now carries the Guru name he should have had right from the start of the Guru Era :) Welcome Pete ;)

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  5. le_ors

    le_ors

    Stunning pictures you have @clickiemcpete :D

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  6. macstef

    macstef

    Congrats!!!

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  7. sobetion

    sobetion

    love your style @clickiemcpete :D

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  8. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Woot Woot for Peter!!! Great interview and excellent collection of photos.

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  9. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    Awww, you guys are killing me! :D Thank you so much for putting up with me! :)

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  10. realrampage

    realrampage

    congratulation GURU @clickiemcpete ^__^

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  11. coca

    coca

    Congrats @clickiemcpete, you are a real GURU!!!!

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  12. hanshendley

    hanshendley

    One of the best!

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  13. gauthierdumonde

    gauthierdumonde

    Cheers Pete !!

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  14. stouf

    stouf

    @clickiemcpete Very well deserved!

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  15. kneehigh85

    kneehigh85

    If you make it to England, be sure to stop up north!

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  16. meryl

    meryl

    Congrats @clickiemcpete

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  17. kylethefrench

    kylethefrench

    Hurray. A number 1 lomographer.

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  18. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    Congrats @clickiemcpete

    You are great, creative, hardworking and inspirative...<:) Your camera collections are unforgettable.. Cheers,,,,^..^

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  19. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Congratz, Friend, on Guru!! Very, very #1!!

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  20. 134340

    134340

    @clickiemcpete a really lomoguru!! :)

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  21. buckshot

    buckshot

    Pete, you're a living lomo legend - keep up the great work!

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  22. vicuna

    vicuna

    congrats Guru @clickiemcpete! Well deserved! :)

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  23. alex34

    alex34

    @clickiemcpete Congratulations!

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  24. mayeemayee

    mayeemayee

    Oh yay! Thank you for this interview @clickiemcpete! :D

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  25. atria007

    atria007

    congrats @clickiemcpete you are the best guru...yeahhhhh Mr Pete!!! =)

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  26. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    congraaats pete!

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  27. superlighter

    superlighter

    Peter, you're a Lomo Ace and I'm sure an adorable person in the everyday life! Total Respect! :)

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  28. vici

    vici

    @clickiemcpete - great words my friend. All your photos presented here are so lovely too! Thanks for all the fun and inspiration you bring to the site.

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  29. deepfried_goodness

    deepfried_goodness

    Congrats on becoming an official guru!

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  30. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    Now I'm really blushing....you are all so very generous, thank you and much to love to all!

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  31. sweetyyydreams

    sweetyyydreams

    @clickiemcpete Congrats Pete and thanks for constantly inspiring us with your beautiful photos!

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  32. allanbendiksen

    allanbendiksen

    Congrats.:)

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  33. clownshoes

    clownshoes

    Awesome, congrats man!

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  34. arurin

    arurin

    @clickiemcpete! Well deserved! Love your photos!

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  35. bravebird

    bravebird

    Whaaaaaaa.... Truly an amazing guru and Lomo hero!! :)

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  36. pearlgirl77

    pearlgirl77

    @clickiemcpete CONGRATS !!!

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  37. bridgetj

    bridgetj

    Yay! Congrats!

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  38. alburnkat

    alburnkat

    @clickiemcpete Congratulations Peter, a well deserved honor!! Thank you my friend for being one of those great Lomoers who have answered questions I've asked. Keep up the great work!!

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  39. flashstalker

    flashstalker

    @clickiemcpete congratz!

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  40. maxwellmaxen

    maxwellmaxen

    @clickiemcpete you so much deserved that! i don't really know why it took so long, but you are one of the first that come to mind when i think about lomography.

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  41. guanatos

    guanatos

    It's so great to read an interview with so heartfelt answers. Thanks for sharing @clickiemcpete and awesome interview @mayeemayee

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  42. naomac

    naomac

    Definitely a guru one of my favourite lomographers love the photo's glad you won't be stopping in the next 5 years.

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  43. trw

    trw

    @clickiemcpete I agree with all of these fine folks! You are one of my favorite gurus. You're always willing to help and you offer great advice. Many thanks for making this community so great!

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  44. fartstorm

    fartstorm

    @clickiemcpete Couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy. Congrats! Thanks for the piece @mayeemayee

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  45. rhysbm

    rhysbm

    congrats!

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  46. moodification

    moodification

    @clickiemcpete: Mr. Pete! I somehow missed this when the article went online! Congrats on the guru title! Keep up the good work! Cheers ;-))

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  47. disdis

    disdis

    I missed this! Congrats @clickiemcpete!

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