He will be celebrating a decade of being a Lomographer in a year and a decade of being a Community member in two. Hey, that's what we call a LomoGuru!
But time did not only make him one but his experiences and stunning Lomographs, too! Coming from Belgium, this week’s LomoGuru may be conventional when it comes to friendship but it is no harm with the awesome bond and connection he has made in our Community!
Well, no more time for lengthy introductions because we have got to read this interview with LomoGuru gepo1303!
Name: Georg Pönsgen
Lomography Username: gepo1303
Location: Eupen, Belgium
Number of years as a Lomographer: 9
Number of years in the Community: 8
Share to us your most memorable experience in the Lomographic Community.
Difficult question… There are three things that come to my mind: First, I really appreciate the Community for its mutual respect, the courtesy, cooperativeness, and friendliness. That’s extremely exciting. Second, do you have an idea what it sounds like if 15 Lomographers fan out for a LomoWalk? Clack! Clack! Clack! Clack! Wow, that was a really special Lomographic experience. And finally, I like to remind myself of my “15 minutes of fame” (Andy Warhol) when, on 4th August 2008, I won the “LomoHome of the Day” award. That made me really proud.
Have you actually met people in the Community that you now consider as close friends? If yes, name at least one of them.
I met some loyal Lomographers from the German Community in 2012 at a LomoWalk in Dortmund (Germany).) I met some proud men: moodification, knipsomat, artichekt, brommi, keek66) and some charming ladies: feemail, geka, frauspatzi, scorpie, borg_koenigin. I found this encounter a little bit strange because I could not really estimate our state of familiarity. I’m probably too conservative to suppose that a LomoFriend is a friend in real life. Or maybe am I a little bit too old-fashioned in the interpretation of the term friendship? Anyway, I met great people and I would appreciate to see them again.
By the way: my divine girlfriend is a Community member too: sara81. But in this case you can be sure that she’s more than a friend to me! :)
Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?
That’s for sure! For such a structured, logical-analytical thinker as me, Lomography is the necessary counterpart that is challenging [my] right hemisphere. Lomography is my form of expression to be creative, intuitive and emotional. Furthermore, I like simplicity. For me it’s a bigger challenge to create a beautiful picture with analogue cameras (with basic functions only.) Accordingly I own a nice collection of Lomographic, Russian, and toy cameras. To collect analogue cameras certainly contributes to staying a faithful Lomographer. Moreover, it gives me a buzz, in a world in which you can get everything immediately, to receive and appraise my photos, after one week of waiting and process time in the lab. I want to keep this suspense!
What is your favourite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences while using this camera?
My favourite camera is my Lomo LC-A. I bought it on 23rd December 2003. Since then I bought a lot of other analogue film cameras but my LC-A remains my true companion. With the LC-A my passion for Lomography began. In Dublin I lost some of her screws and the front fell off. In Vienna, on the famous Zentralfriedhof, I lost her batteries in the middle of a nice LomoWalk. Somewhere along the way the shutter broke also down-no problem at all! We go through thick & thin. For me the LC-A is the fundament of Lomography.
I had my most memorable encounters due to an analogue camerain the summer of 2012 with my Horizon Perfekt in California (USA.) So many people addressed me to my clunky Horizon! Friendly interested people, often with huge digital cameras, became speechless when I enlightened them willingly about the specialized skills of my wonderful camera.
Please share your most favourite Lomographic photo that you took and explain why.
It was very difficult for me to answer this question. Finally, I chose the picture I associate the most positive emotions with. First of all I like the location you see on the picture. The steel sculpture “Tiger & Turtle” is a roller coaster walkway situated in Duisburg (Germany.) In 2012 we took a nice series of pictures there during the golden hour. We simply had a great time while shooting.
It was the first time I used an Agfa CT Precisa 100 [film.] I had no idea what effects the cross-processing would afford. I was very excitedabout the results. “Woaw” it sounded through the store… I was also excited because this photo won "Photo of the Day” on the international Lomography site.
Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?
“Be ready – walk the world with open eyes." — one of my favourite Lomographers, mephisto19, once explained in an interview that he sees things normal people won’t see. I’m still fascinated and inspired by his imagination and talent. There are great motives to capture if you are simply ready to notice them! Sometimes my companions wonder “What the hell is George snapshooting again?” But I don’t mind, I’m a Lomographer and I always remember to keep cool! I had to learn that if I’m not in the right mood for taking pictures, the results will not be acceptable. “The flow” is important.
Do you think you’re qualified as a LomoGuru? Got something to share in our Community? Then drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org qne become the next LomoGuru!