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Joel Suganth : Living in Instant Dreams

Joel is an school teacher by profession, teaching children about arts. But out of school he's a painter, a photographer and a artist like no other. We're happy to present to you, our Lomo Amigo for the month : Joel Suganth and his amazing work with Instant Film.

Name : Joel Suganth
Location : Chennai, India
Lomo ID : joelsuganth

Tell us a little about yourself Joel
I am Joel, I make photographs.

Why Analog?
“Presence of an object” I believe that everything has a presence. In photography, images made digitally has a presence and images made otherwise has theirs. Analog photography has a presence of its own which I prefer, and also, it serves a very practical purpose for the kind of photography I do.

Why do you specifically choose to work with Instant Films? Does that restrict your work in any way?
Working with instant pictures is like being part of a magic ritual, you take an image and then it slowly appears, the process is wonderful. And after working with several photographic process, instant film is a huge relief and because there is no post processing and other things involved, see-click-and there is a unique picture in our hands.

Sometimes when I travel to remote villages, Instant film is a huge help, the magic of it makes it so much easier to take photos. The down-side is the availability of the film.

You were first a conventional artist and then a photographer. How do you think one form has molded the perception of other and visa verse
I don’t think of myself as an artist or a photographer, I only use those words because they are convenient, I am just myself, floating around.

I used to do a lot of sketching, because sketches in most cases are quick and intense. The intensity of an idea at its initial inception is a special feeling, and photography is a medium that is made for that, it is intense and in most cases one has to be physically present in the scene to take a picture, I find that interesting.

What is the one thing you love the most about Lomography?
I love the fact that there is a dedicated photography group who still value how things look.

Which Lomography camera fascinates you the most
The Spinner 360 and the LC-A+ Spinner 360 because I love the concept of 360 Panaroma, and the LC-A+ because one can shoot regular 35 mm film and switch to instant film when needed, this is a huge asset when moving around.

One place you’ve been wanting to visit with your instant pictures
Bhutan. I heard that people are generally happy there.

Are you working on any projects right now?
I am continuing to work on my Kasi pictures. I am also creating this huge set of Instant pictures based on India, which I aim to display in a huge grid.

One picture you wish to take
I have this vision in mind, I want to recreate the great bas-relifs of Mamallapuram with live models, It will require huge amount of planning and will involve more than hundred models. Whenever I see the composition of the “descent of Ganges”, I can’t help but wonder how it would look like with live models.

One Tip to fellow Lomographers out there.
Look, look again.

If you’d like to see more of Joel’s work then visit :
His personal website / Blog / Flickr / Artnowhere, a artist group run by Joel

written by abhoan

1 comment

  1. sidsel

    sidsel

    the 7th and 8th pictures are so amazing

    about 3 years ago · report as spam