A graphic designer in real life, Lomographer Kathi Bondzio tells (and shows!) us about her creative days in a small city in Germany, including her strong liking for landscapes as captured by her LC-A+.
Name: Kathi Bondzio
How long have you been a Lomographer? I’m sure you’re not new to this whole thing.
I’ve been doing this for more than nine years now (almost a third of my life!). My photography professor at uni introduced us to lomography, and I bought my first lomo camera, a pearl supersampler, in Berlin in May 2002.
Describe the LC-A+ in 5 words.
Unique, trusty, elegant, classic, sturdy
As a graphic designer, perhaps you have used any of your Lomography/analogue cameras for work? Tell us about it!
I’ve taken photos for some projetcs with my analogue SLR in the past, but nowadays I rarely take photos for the projects myself (I get pictures either directly from a photographer or use stockphotos). But I just started working on a new book project, an essay collection, that’s going to include some of my Holga and Diana black and white pictures. It’s going to be published in spring 2012, so I can’t really tell you more right now ;)
Claiming to have a weak spot for all things creative and crafty, what projects keep you busy apart from work?
Mostly illustration, both digital and analogue (the one thing I carry everywhere I go, apart from my LC-A+: a sketchbook). Then there’s phases where I venture into other things: printing, papercrafts, knitting, sewing, baking cupcakes… you name it. I love to try and learn new things. And I always love to see what ideas and projects other people come up with.
You mentioned that you go to gigs a lot. Can you recommend bands we should check out?
You should definitely check out Chikinki, I’ve seen them live more times than I like to admit, but they’re always so much fun I just have to go see them again and again.
Do you go to those gigs with your local Lomographic community? What sort of hang outs do you guys frequent?
We don’t have a Store (yet), so we mostly meet up for Lomowalks. The other week we went to the fun fair together, and before that we went urban exploring, then there was a panorama-themed walk, a night-walk, we went to the flea-market together… And sometimes we end up going out for drinks after that, too.
What makes the LC-A+ your camera of choice?
It’s simply the perfect companion: it’s small enough to fit into any bag, works in any light-conditions, it’s easy to use and allows you to snap away really fast and without thinking. And on top of that, the pictures have that distinct and unique LC-A-look that we all love so much.
You have such lovely photos of Nordpark in Dusseldorf. What were you up to in the gardens?
The photos were taken on Easter Sunday, and I was there with my family. It’s the perfect example for Golden Rule #3: „Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.“ In my experience, family outings and lomography go quite well together.
What’s your favorite photo in the collection and why?
Oh, this is difficult! I think it’s this one, I love the colours!
What tips can you give future LC-A+ users?
Don’t be shy, get close! Switch off your brain and snap away. And don’t ever leave the house without your camera.