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Growing Up with Photography; Mapix and His LomoDiary

It is undeniable how photography became a part of his system while he was growing up. It was drawing near him, it was everywhere. It was something he could not run away from even if he tried to.

A darkroom called him and it started from there — a love for analogue photography and all the things associated with it became a part of him. Like a limb, like a hand, like some body organ you need. And how great chances were that of all the online communities, he stumbled upon ours.

He’s familiar and he might be a good friend of yours. Let us read this month’s LomoDiary, as it is mapix’s.

Photo by mapix

Name: Christoph Maas
Lomography Username: mapix
Location: Herford, Germany
Number of years as a Lomographer: I guess since 2004 or 2005
Number of years in the Community: About 5 years

Please tell us something about yourself. What are your interests? What do you do for a living?

Photography intrigued me since I entered a darkroom during my school days. Even both my parents are photography hobbyists. My mother did casual jobs at Franke & Heidecke, which was Rollei in Brunswick. So, I grew up with photography. During my art study you may imagine, I had a focus on this. Being an art teacher I take it into the lessons whenever possible.

Another passion of mine are bicycles. I worked at a cycle shop and production for some years and now I am an owner of six nice bikes – so some of the best things for me are picking up some cameras, going for a ride, and taking photos.

Kindly relate to us any memorable experience; whether happy or sad, you’ve had in relation to Lomography.

These are definately the first LomoWalks I was invited to. The first one was initiated by frauspatzi almost three years ago. Really love the Lomography Online Community, but it´s a much more intense experience to be able to meet and do something together. In this way I’ve came to know better the Lomographers around here like earlybird, brommi, zeester, evalina, and shoujoai. And quite recently diana3009 and janetjhing.

Tell us a story in which Lomography or the Lomographic Community has been a great part of. We’ll be glad to hear it.

In the beginning of the digital age I must confess this was very fascinating for me. Suddenly, a dream came true: to see the result at the same second, something only Polaroid was up to do – an expensive technique. So it was a great suction effect… For some years I was more involved in following digital progress. But more and more I realised it was meant on the other side, the loss of the whole material and experimental dimension of photography! So I decided to get a good scanner (ok – one more very last digital equipment) and re-discovered all my old cameras – and Lomo cameras of course!

What are the emotions that best explain this story you have? What are your thoughts about it?

I am really happy to have come back to the analogue technique! Since then it’s been a really more intense engagement with photography for me.

Any future plans you have that you will let Lomography play a part? Please share!

I would like to re-active a self-made camera built in 2006. I took a huge lens from a disused epidiascope (Liesegang 600mm) and made a big box from wood and canvas. It´s a little uncomfortable but it makes nice shots —

Photo by mapix

But there are also a lot of other things: taking double exposures with my new LC-A pinhole is still very attractive. Also participating and planning new Lomography related events.

[Know more of mapix’s self-made camera here: http://www.chrismaas.de/recyclingkamera1.htm]

You have a very interesting style when it comes to taking your photographs. The composition and even the subjects reflect a simple yet mysterious feel to them, can you tell something about this?

Thanks! I think often it`s just a special light situation. Light is able to change a well known thing completely – and it must not necessarily be a spectacular sunset!

Please tell us about your photography exhibits.

At the moment, the third exhibition during the last one and a half year is going in a very small gallery in my town. It`s a lot of fun making a project like this together! Usually, Lomography spreads our images all over the world, but here they are seen in a private mode at home and on a screen – digital besides. It`s an awful experience presenting them in a public space! Strongly recommend to try this yourself!

Please share a song or a movie that has made an impact in your personal life.

Blow up by Antonioni! It doesn’t have a great impact in my life, but it raises the question about perception – what is real and when fiction begins. Still have the never ending sound of wind in the trees in my ears! The film music isn`t bad as well!

Here is mapix’s personal gallery of Lomographs.

1.

Photo by mapix

This shot I took with a self-made paperboard camera. Uploaded in the former Lomography site. Maximum size of the image was 384 × 265 px.

2.

Photo by mapix

Took this portrait series as a party event in our new house around 2001 with the same self-made camera. Exposed on sheets of photo paper and developed instantly (and made positive copy) in my darkroom, so everybody could see the results.

3.

Photo by mapix

LomoMeeting in Hannover with zark, brommi, and frauspatzi and evalina in the background.

4.

Photo by mapix

Love taking pictures while on biking excursions. Here’s one along the Inn. (Austria, 2011)

5.

Photo by mapix

Arranging our actual exhibition with diana3009, janetjhing, and earlybird.

That sure was a great story to hear (or read!) Thank you, Christoph! Until the next LomoDiary, everyone!

Got a story to share? How important is Lomography in your life? Your story might just be perfect for our LomoDiary so head on and give me a line at mayee.gonzales@lomography.com!

written by mayeemayee

4 comments

  1. kibs

    kibs

    fantastic article about a great lomographer @mapix. And you know I love the photo of my cat's twin!

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  2. earlybird

    earlybird

    @mapix rules !!

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  3. mayeemayee

    mayeemayee

    Yeah! Thank you for this interview, @mapix! Twas my pleasure working on it. :)

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  4. hafenperle

    hafenperle

    Glückwunsch!!! Und schön mal zu erfahren, wie es bei dir dazu kam :) Eine sehr romantische Lomo-Liebesgeschichte! <3

    11 months ago · report as spam

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