She would like to capture her daily life in analogue, not missing any important detail present. It may sound like a tedious task but this week's LomoGuru had it all worked out.
Coming from Bangkok in Thailand, this lady sure is one passionate Lomographer who does not only keep herself active in the Community but also makes sure that her Lomographs are for everyone to see and appreciate. Let us know more about our LomoGuru, i_am_four-eyes!
Name: Supaluk Sornbunchong
Lomography Username: i_am_four-eyes
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Number of years as a Lomographer: 5 years
Number of years in the Community: 4 years
Share to us your most memorable experience in the Lomographic Community.
I cannot think of any better place where we can connect, speak, and share our favourite colors that combine “fascination’ and ’lifestyle.” This is the way that we speak; experimenting with double exposure, cross processing, light leak impression, black and white nostalgia, fisheye distortion, redscale feeling, and a Velvia mood. It’s such a nice playground. :)
Definitely, one of the most memorable experiences in the Community was doing the Lomo film swap project with other Lomographers. It’s all about creative fun with a nice dose of inspiration. My first chance to try double exposure was with a Lomographer friend, Pui (dakadev_pui.) After some chatting and an exchange of perspectives plus our love for photography, we had several chances to do some photography together. Besides Pui, there are also friends from Malaysia: ripsta, New York City: fotoglove, the Philippines: boredbone, Bangkok: 134340, jackpacker, and a special mention to my twin who has never had any interest in double exposure, but who surprisingly accepted to take a picture as a gift for my birthday during our birth month, atwins.
Have you actually met people in the Community that you now consider as close friends? If yes, name at least one of them.
I’ve been missing in action for quite a while and it’s so good to be back! The connection Lomographers make with each other is one of the greatest things here. I met a few of my fellow BKK Lomographers a few times last year on a LomoWalk around the city. I’m in touch with some of Bangkok’s Lomographers, including dakadev_pui, mayyavee_daa, 134340, wapclub, namwann_piz, ohoska, heart2heart, inine, jackpaker, and pexspitfire just to name a few.
I’m ashamed to admit that I love to do solo photography and my quite tight schedule makes me miss many good activities. But I did have the chance to meet Pui to take photos, have a few meals, or just chat over coffee. Yes, Pui is a photographer that became a friend. Other than that, I recently went to Namwann and Tukky’s wedding to congratulate them both. Somehow, their wedding seemed to be a small get together of Thai Lomographers like us.
Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?
Definitely yes. To stop taking Lomographs has never arrived in my mind as long as film is being made. I’m just an old fashioned person. I’m much more comfortable behind an analogue camera than a digital one. To be honest, I have always tinkered with technology. Digital cameras make me very uneasy, having to handle all the features. It’s frustrating to have to fool around setting up equipment while a perfect photo opportunity passes me by.
I can’t picture myself without the analogue life. I’m used to a life that’s not so dependent on technology —only the basic necessities. Adjusting to technology is beyond my imagination. I choose to be happy the way I am, to be myself, and to not chase any trend.
What is your favourite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences while using this camera?
My absolute favorite camera is the LC- A. It’s a fun compact little camera that is capable of taking decent pictures. Besides, it’s quite easy to slip into a pocket. :) It still amazes me how much thought is required when shooting with such a “simple” camera such as the Lomo LC-A.
I really can’t point out a single experience that stands out as a most memorable experience while using my LC-A. However, I just added a new ingredient in my routine life last 2012. I guess you have heard or read about this project somewhere. It’s about taking one photo a day, with the goal of documenting a year in your life. So I just encouraged myself to do this once in a lifetime 365-Day project that was worth trying in film. Plus it being a leap year, with an extra day, surely added an interesting element.
Here is one of my memorable experiences capturing for the daily happenings project: I was in Nepal last September, trekking in Ghorepani – Poon Hill. I went with no trekking experience and I went solo; I’d say that it was not so Lonely Planet up there as long as I traveled with my only trusted companion that I could count on, my sweet little LC- A. We shared many, many memories and on the sunny side, trekking the rainy season through 3”X5” snapshot stories.
Please share your most favourite Lomographic photo that you took and explain why.
I love the pure and simple tone that black and white [photography] can offer. It captures scenes in an almost magical way. This picture rewinds my memory to a certain point in time; looking through a picture just gives a different but so much better perspective in life!
Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?
Here we are with my favourite rule, rule # 1: Take your camera everywhere you go. :) It’s a very simple thing to do; just carry your camera around the same way as any other indispensible object such as your wallet, home keys, or I.D.. .Life happens around you and it doesn’t ask you when a suitable time for things are to happen, so choosing a moment seems more random than specific to me. And if you don’t have your camera with you, you can’t capture the unusual and unforgettable moments. I guess we’ve all been there when we’ve stumbled across something unusual and wanted to capture a photo, but did not had a camera on us. We’re left feeling a little uneasy, knowing there’s something we’ve missed out on. So, be ready! Open your eyes and always have your camera with you. Click, and enjoy :)
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