Meet Angel Castillo, who found the art of taking Lomographic photos as 'love as first sight'. Take a peek into her analogue life thru some amazing photos she shared with us!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do for a living and what are you interests?
Hi! My name is Angel Castillo and I work for a small HR consulting firm. At the top of my list of interests would definitely be film photography. Aside from that, I also enjoy writing, stalking people on the interwebz (my guilty pleasure, to be completely honest), and discovering new film blogs online.
How long have you been a Lomographer (or are you new to this whole thing)?
Well I developed my love for lomography back in 2011. Days before celebrating my 18th birthday, I came across my friend’s blog who received her first lomo camera for Christmas I think. It would be a cliché to say that it was love at first sight but it frankly was love at first sight. I immediately asked her a bunch of questions about lomography and did my own research before buying my first lomo camera for my birthday.
What do you remember most regarding your first encounter with analogue photography?
I can distinctly remember the colors blue, yellow, and pink. Oh, and also the smell of hot chocolate and freshly made pancakes.
Is there any particular Lomographic camera you wanna try shooting with?
I’ve always wanted to try shooting with a Spinner 360. Everything from the shooting format to the output intrigues me!
What’s the most unforgettable experience you’ve had in analogue photography?
It would most probably be the sweet comments that I get once in a while from blog readers who tell me that I’ve inspired them to try analogue photography as well. It’s very humbling to hear words of admiration for something that you love doing from people you’ve never met before.
Can you name the top 3 favorite places you’ve visited in the Philippines?
Boracay, Baguio, and Bohol. Boracay because of its beautiful sunsets, Baguio because of its beautiful scenery (the trees and the cool wind make me feel like I’m in the States), and Bohol because of its beautiful churches.
If you could be anywhere in the world with your camera right now, where would that be and why?
One of the perks of my job is that I get to talk to people from different parts of Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean and learn about their respective cultures through conversation and with the help of a little bit of research. And out of all the countries I’ve handled, South Africa would still have to be my favorite. I wouldn’t mind getting lost along the jacaranda-lined streets of Pretoria or watching the sunset from the coastline of Cape Town.
What are your summer plans?
Summer this year was definitely one of the best ones I’ve had in my life. I attended my first music festival (and concert!) this year and did a bit of sunbathing and memory-making by the sandy shores of Boracay and Batangas too.
With the wet season just around the corner, I will bid adieu to summer 2013 not with a heavy heart, but rather, with a warm smile, a wonderful tan line, and a boxful of new adventures and memories that I will definitely keep for a very long time. I can’t wait for what’s in store for me next year!
Kindly share with us your most favorite photo and describe it in a few words.
This photo was purely happenstance. I took this without a tripod and I had to gauge the distance between the negative and the lens (I was using my 50mm prime lens) to get the hyperfocal distance right. I was so sure that the image was going to turn out either blurry or unfocused but to my surprise, it didn’t and instead, I got this wonderful picture.
Any advice for future film photographers?
Don’t be afraid to take photographic chances, make mistakes, and waste film. The best photos come from unplanned moments.