Adams Pinckeny is originally from Greenville, South Carolina, but now is rockin’ out in New York. Like the rest of us, he wakes up in the morning, maybe grabs a bagel and races to work via subway with a thermos of coffee to his architecture office. When he is not working, his Lubitel and Sprocket Rocket are always with him, documenting a city that never sleeps.
When we first met Adams, he was visiting our us for the first time while attending an Architecture for Humanity event at the NYC Lomography Gallery Store located in the West Village. At this event seven months ago, he wasn’t too into photography, but it was clear that our cameras had piqued his interest.
That afternoon, Architecture for Humanity invited Adams to be part of a contest. The contest required him to pick one of our cameras and take to the streets to take some architecture shots. He picked the Sprocket Rocket but found it difficult in the beginning to understand this quirky camera. However, with a little help from our Lomography experts at the store he got the hang of it in no time!
Adams started to shoot more and more, and soon moved from the Sprocket Rocket to a Lubitel 166. He was as surprised with the results as we were! His frequent visits to our store for film processing resulted in a beautiful film friendship. His journey has been a wonderful one as he found his footing with our lovely little cameras.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Greenville South Carolina. I like to say that I come from a time and place full of optimism and hope and curiosity. Not too fast, but certainly earnest.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve always liked to make things, sketch, build models (I grew up building with Legos) and I enjoy the process of seeing, questioning, figuring out, making something. I love a good hike (Breakneck Ridge is a favorite) and a Bruckner symphony.
Why live in New York?
Sometimes I wonder why I live here! But of course it is for the experience, the energy and stimulation, both professionally being an architect working on projects and simply experiencing daily the opportunities of a large city. (Though I feel like I barely scratch the surface here!) Both are part of the same thing, of the same process, of the same cloth.
How did you get into photography
When I was in 5th or 6th grade, my father taught me very basic principles of aperture and shutter speed based on the camera’s meter (he had a Minolta SRT 101) because I was fascinated by his camera and wanted to try it. So initially I was simply curious but never did much with it. More recently at work I often take pictures to document construction progress and completion. Beyond taking pictures, I increasingly feel a drive and desire to capture moments, some everyday thing I see that is beautiful. I think this is both an extension of designing-sketching, and wonder at everything around me. But there is something else as well, not unlike woodworking or cooking: I am attracted to the object, the process, and the subject of photography. Cameras as design objects fascinate me, and the process of how you use them and how they function as a tool (the simpler and more analog, the more fascinating), and then of course the thin slice of the world that you frame and focus…
What inspires you? What have you been shooting lately?
What inspires me and what I am shooting is much relevant to architecture and photography! They share in light, time, experience. So I often focus on buildings, but trees and flowers are also favorites. There is something so satisfying and stimulating in, say, the intricacies of line and pattern and surface of a piece of wood, a tree, the way a bird moves through the air, the way light falls even on just the sidewalk. Sometimes things so ordinary are suddenly amazing and captivate me when illuminated, and the light shows me the thing, and there is color and geometry and form and space.
Tell us about your experience with Lomography.
Lomography has afforded the chance to try new processes and techniques, like all analogue including metering, without fear of failing. Some accidental double exposures have produced surprising and delightful results that I otherwise would have never attempted or achieved. In some ways I have also tried slowing down a bit and observing and considering the decisions. But all of this depends on what I am shooting and what camera. When I shoot with the Lubitel I now keep a log of the exposures as I make them so I can compare results when I get the film processed and printed.
Now, Adams is off shooting some 120mm film for our magazine, and he will be back soon with some killer shots for you to check out! In the mean time you can visit his lomohome enjoy his pictures there.