There's Snoopy the beagle, Snoop Dogg the rapper/producer, and we've got our very own Snoop in Lomography! Who doesn't know Snoop, really?
For those who are new to the community, Snoop is Michael Bayr, one of the Web Nerds of Lomography. Besides being the one you turn to when you have questions about missing piggies, login probs, and competitions, what else do you know about him? Well, for one, he describes himself as “curious” and will sing only reggae tunes in karaoke because “everything else is too complicated for me.” Uh-huh! Now it’s our turn to snoop …
How did you get into Lomography?
I got into Lomography by reading about the launch of the Supersampler in a newspaper back in 2001. I’ve been always shooting a lot of pics, but when I read about this, I instantly got into this and couldn’t stop anymore. Shortly after reading about the Supersampler I was in the lucky position to start working for Lomography and have been so ever since.
What was your first camera, and what was the first picture you took with it?
Well my first “camera” was a Fisher Price slide showing thingie, which I got when I was a little kid and I couldn’t stop using it. It was great, it had sights from all around the world on it, so I guess this sparked my interest for traveling and photography.
Here comes the deserted island question! You’re allowed to bring only one camera, which would it be?
Must be a mix between the Lc-a+ and the Horizon, my two absolute favourite cams. So I’ll just choose to go with a hybrid of both.
How do you overcome creative block?
By approaching problems from different angles over and over again, haha.
What’s the craziest thing that you did to get a perfect shot of something/someone?
I’d guess walking in dark alleys and bad neighborhoods to get some good pics, is most likely my vice which is a bit crazier. One time I got too excited about a shot of graffiti and people hanging out there that I got threatened by one of them, that I should immediately stop or else he would kill me. But it was more talk than action luckily and I got out of this situation easily.
What’s the story behind your most disastrous Lomograph?
I wouldn’t necessary say that there are really disastrous Lomographs, so I will choose a surprising picture I took. This is one taken recently during a party and I had something different planned for the shot with another person in it too, then this person dodged and now I have this funny looking guy with his great outfit on it. So I love surprises and changes like that!
Describe your typical day at work.
Dive into the world of online Lomography day in and day out.
What’s on your current wishlist? I am quite happy at the moment and am looking forward to new things happening on the website, since this makes me happy.
Besides self-portraits, what is the most common photographic subject?
I’d say I shoot most of my pics while going out and while on vacation. But I guess this is pretty much the same for everyone. And of course my friends, which is great since I have such a good overview of my life since I started with Lomography.
You’re asked to waste a roll of film on only one subject. What would it be? I’d keep it more abstract and choose to shoot the whole roll while walking through the city. One subject might get too boring after a while, so when keeping moving this would offer me new points of view all the time.