Fashion, the beach, friends, downtime: Australian fashion designer Monica Dombrovskis got a La Sardina camera from us and captured some of her life and times around Sydney. Learn more about Monica and her experiences with the La Sardina and see a collection of her photos after the jump.
Name: Monica Dombrovskis
Location: Sydney, Australia
Camera: La Sardina
Tell the community a little bit about yourself. What do you do for fun and is it the same thing you do for a living?
For a living I work in a media agency. For fun and occasional living I also make clothes and accessories.
Do you see a connection between your profession as a fashion designer and the concept of Lomography?
Yes, Lomography has great designs, colours and different effects. The cute, quirky cameras make analogue photography not something left in the past. Film and digital create a different result.
Have you ever used an analogue camera before?
Yes, growing up I learned to take photos in black and white and develop them in a darkroom.
How long have you been a Lomographer (or are you new to this whole thing)?
I am new to it, these are the first photos I’ve taken. I’m excited to go and take more photos now I have seen the results. Now I can really see how to use it to its full potential.
Describe the La Sardina in five words.
Retro, cool, best, conversation starter.
How did you like shooting with the La Sardina and what were people´s reactions to the camera?
After using digital for so long it was strange to use an analogue camera. I love the excitement of not knowing how the picture will turn out. People love it and always ask how it works.
What can you tell us about the locations you visited with the La Sardina?
I took my La Sardina with me all over Sydney, to the beaches and around the city. I took it with me to beautiful Byron Bay and into the wilderness of Tasmania.
What was the strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic / Lomographic encounter that you have ever had?
Probably when a stranger asked me to take a photo of them with their compact camera and attempting to look through the non-existent viewfinder.
If you could shoot any person alive or dead (or imaginary) with your La Sardina, who would it be and why?
My favourite fashion icon from the 70‘s, Farrah Fawcett. Her crazy blonde hair, high-waisted denim flares- an absolute beauty and an important role model in fashion history.
If you could take your La Sardina and films into any closet in the world, whose would it be and why?
Mary-Kate Olsen, I love her and Ashley’s style. Always experimenting with different textures, layers and accessories. The labels are successful and a branch of their own unique style. A major icon in fashion today.
You seem to enjoy the outdoors, if you could only pack one camera for an extreme camping trip, which would you take?
I hope I have left my camping days behind me …
What’s your favorite photo you took with the La Sardina and why?
My favourite photo is one of the last I took: my friend’s legs with Bondi Beach in the background. I love everything about it, especially the colours.
What got you into photography in the first place?
My dad was a wilderness photographer. He took photos to show the rest of the world how beautiful it is and why we shouldn’t destroy it. This showed me the impact and importance of a great photograph.
Your advice to future La Sardina shooters?
Don’t be shy to ask to take people’s photos.