Our LomoAmigo, illustrator Sedat Girgin, shot with the La Sardina DIY. With a crazy streak he placed it in a plastic bag and submerged it underwater. Read on for an interview with the Turkish illustrator.
Name: Sedat Girgin
Tell us about yourself.
28 years old, an illustrator. I illustrated nearly 60 children’s books. I work freelance for magazines and agencies. Also I have a music band for which I play drums. The name is Eskiz.
Did you ever use an analogue camera before?
I practiced drawing in Fine Arts High School. At that time, we had photography classes. I was obsessed with black and white photography. In fact, I built a small dark room at home and I was furiously washing and printing films. My first analogue camera was a Zenit and then, with my first university scholarship, I bought a Nikon FE that’s as old as I am. I often use it. I love analogue cameras.
Do you have any other analogue stuff, like notebooks and records?
I have a planner and pencils. The drums that I play also have a sense of analogue.
Define the La Sardina in five words.
Simple, Pure, Fast, Creative and Surprising.
Which photo of yours do you like most?
The frame that I took Elif at edge of a cliff. That moment was beautiful.
Where did the idea of using the La Sardina underwater come from and how did you manage that?
I got into pool to feel refreshed. I wanted to take pictures underwater. I went and got a locked plastic bag. I taped it and jumped into the pool.
What would you say about your La Sardina DIY design? Does it have a name?
The name is Stuck. A story of a man who’s stuck in a camera. Bored and wants to walk around and look around.
Do you have new projects?
We are preparing a series of books including 9 children’s books. I am trying to manage it.
Are there any public figures whom you’d like to take photos of?
Tom Waits would be nice. And I want to take a picture of Paul McCartney before his death.
Which photographer or artist is your favorite?
There are a lot of illustrators that I like but I can say Ralph Steadman, Ronald Searle, Quentin Blake. I used to look at Eugene Smith’s photographs.
Where do you want to be and what would you want to be doing right now?
It’s cool like that. I am not a willing person, I suppose.
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