We proudly introduce you to Kev Grey, our latest Lomo Amigo from Leeds, England! His Lomographic tool of choice? The fantastic Fisheye 2 camera!
How long have you been a Lomographer or are you new to the whole thing?
I have never used a Lomography camera until I was asked to take part in the Amigo project. This was my first time.
I guess it has been awhile since you loaded film in a camera then. What was the strangest, funniest, hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you had during this project?
It has been about six or seven years since I last loaded film into a camera and It really reminded me of when I used to paint a lot of graffiti and was constantly using reels of film to document my work, then having to eagerly wait a few days for the film to be developed. Nowadays with digital photography everything is instant, which isnt a bad thing, but I did feel a sense of nostalga when using film.
The funniest moment I had using my Lomography Fisheye was when my girlfriend decided to walk into our bathroom and take my picture naked in the bath without warning, and then realised there was no way to delete the picture without ruining the other pictures on the film, and then a couple of days later a friend’s dog tried to eat the camera.
Tell us a bit about your self and your art work. Do you have a philosophy behind what you do?
Im a 31-year-old artist originally from Liverpool in the U.K. now living in Leeds where I’m the resident artist and D.J. for The Wet Spot burlesque and cabaret show.
Thanks to the influence of underground comic books and the punk rock music I listened to as a young teenager I became serious about my artwork at the age of 14 and began making fanzines of my own comic strips and drawings, I then went on to also paint graffiti for quite a long time, but my constant main interest has always been drawing.
Over the years my work has been commissioned to adorn skateboards, T-shirts, music festivals, posters, record covers, tattoo designs, bondage ropes and lots more. I’m probably most well known for designing the signature guitar for Porl Thompson who is the guitarist in The Cure, and I’ve also been lucky enough to of exhibited my original artwork in countries all over the world.
I don’t think of myself as having a specific philosophy but I have spent the last 15 years or so working on a style of drawing that is based on certain comic book artists’ whose work I used to love, and still do, and that influence and goal of perfecting that style has never changed.
Again through the influence of music I became really interested in tattoos at a young age (I now have quite a lot of tattoos myself) and started copying the work of old tattoo artists, such as Bert Grimm, but redrawing them in a comic book style and from there I have expanded on this type of imagery, making it a bit more weird and ghoulish.
Would you say that carrying your Fisheye 2 around with you gave your artistic eye a new perspective in any way?
Definitely. All the photographs were taken over a week and every day and night I had the camera by my side, looking for and hoping to catch an interesting/funny shot.
If you had to choose, which are you, a digital or analogue kind of guy? Is the music you love on vinyl or mp3 and are you now considering keeping up with your analogue photography?
When I D.J. for The Wet Spot or at a party I have a rule that I will only play my old 1950s Rock n Roll on vinyl, and I do prefer listening to music on vinyl, but that said I dont have a problem with buying, downloading and listening to MP3s and CDs. I dont think it makes sense to be snobbish about it; the important thing is to enjoy the music, no matter what the format. And yes I definitely plan to keep using film for my photography. It depends on the situation but I guess I see analogue film as something Id use more for fun and playing around with.
If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be? (song title & artist please)
- Honey Hush by Johnny Burnette & the Rock n Roll Trio
- Spirit in The Sky by Norman Greenbaum
- Wasted by Black Flag
If you could take your Fisheye 2 and a sack of film anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
I’d travel back in time to the beheading of Anne Boleyn, or failing that a nice day in Whitby.
What advice would you give to another person just getting into Lomography and analogue film?
In my experience daylight helps produce the best images, but just play around with it and see what happens.
9. Whats next on the agenda for you? Any new projects we can look forward to seeing your work in or on?
I have lots of new projects planned for this year and intend to keep going full steam ahead in 2010. The best way to keep up to date with what Im up to is keep visiting my blog and website.