A decade worth of passion for analogue photography has spur a LomoHome filled with almost 8,000 lomographs. This isn't just about quantity for a closer look at each of these will reveal his remarkable dedication to be better at his chosen craft. Shifting from one camera to another while trying a variety of techniques, he makes it a point to leave a distinct mark on every analogue territory he explores. Get ready to meet our latest LomoGuru, johnccc!
Location: Tattenhall, Chester, UK
Number of years as a Lomographer: 10+ years
Number of years in the Community: 8+ years
Tell us about yourself.
I live on a working farm. We have a handful of sheeps and a few horses. The farm is set in the middle of the Cheshire countryside, around 10 miles from Chester. We are surrounded by canals, castles, hills, and green fields. I also work full time at an oil refinery based in Ellesmere Port, so I’m always busy! My main interest are music and burlesque. I love music of all types and I’ve been collecting records for around 15 years, picking them up online and at car boots. I’ve got interested in urlesque in the last few years, attending shows in Chester, Lancaster, and Morecambe .
Tell us something about your LomoHome’s name
My LomoHome name is “johnccc." It was going to be just “johnc" but it was already taken, so I ended up going with my current LomoHome name.
I think if I have the option to change it , I would change it to “hhhancock", as that’s my Twitter name and so is my Tumblr username. Why hhhancock? Because I am a very big Tony Hancock fan. He’s a comedian from the 1960’s.
Share with us your most memorable experience in the Community.
I think my favorite would be the meet up in Manchester. It was a really great day. It felt brilliant to finally meet some of the friends I’ve made on the Community and to make some new ones, too!
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 met a few friends over the years at the meet ups in Manchester and Chester , to name just one would be unfair . But to name just a few – Tony, Clair, Darren, and Phil! They have all become my great friends. We first met online, then at the meet-up and became great friends ever since.
Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?
I can definitely see myself taking Lomographs for years and years to come, if not for the rest of my life. I love all my film cameras and I can never see myself turning to digital.
What is your favorite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences using this camera?
That is a hard question. I collect cameras and have quite a large collection now. I pick up and try out new cameras all the time but my most trusted and favorite camera would be my LC-A+. It was one my my first cameras and it is always the one I turn to.. You can’t beat shooting with it on a sunny day. It always produce brilliant shots. I rediscovered my love for my LC-A+ just a few months ago when I took it it around Liverpool and came back with some breathtaking photos.
Please share with us your favorite Lomographic shot and explain why you love that particular image.
This is one of my favorite shots I’ve ever taken: JEFF the brotherhood live @ the Ruby Lounge 29/8/12. JEFF is a brilliant and explosive rock band from Nashville and they are one of my favorite bands of all time. When they came to Manchester, I was determined to take lots of photos and this one captures them rocking out! It was such a brilliant gig and I think this photo sums up that night and JEFF perfectly!
Please share a Lomograph you wish you had taken and explain why.
I love this photo. I love the layering of the doubles. It all works so perfectly. It is such an amazingly beautiful shot.
What’s the best Lomographic or photography advice you think you have given?
Best advice I have ever been given is, “Don’t think, just shoot.” Some of my best photos were taken without me really thinking about it.
If there’s one song or movie that best describes your Lomo life, which one is it and why?
Please Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away by Paul Simon
I love slide film and Paul Simon, so a Paul Simon song about slide film is just perfect!
Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?
The only real advise I have is to always have a trusty camera in your pocket / bag / car because you will never know when everything will come about. The clouds will part, the sun with come out, and the light will be just right for you to take the perfect shot – that moment will only last for a split second, trust me!