Zoe Ezequiel ("zoe191":http://www.lomohomes.com/zoe191) is one of the most revered female Lomographers in Manila, Philippines. Her pictures are full of life, and reflects her love for traveling and exploring new places. However, she does not know how to ride a bike, and doesn't know how to swim (nice to know I'm not alone, Zoe!). When not taking pictures, she works as a technical writer (__"I make user guides and online help for a software company"__). She admits that she's allergic to cold air and cold water, but she wishes to travel someday to a place that has snow. Also, __"I have never had a toothache so I don't know how painful that is and I wish I never would."__
Zoe Ezequiel (zoe191) is one of the most revered female Lomographers in Manila, Philippines. Her pictures are full of life, and reflects her love for traveling and exploring new places. However, she does not know how to ride a bike, and doesn’t know how to swim (nice to know I’m not alone, Zoe!). When not taking pictures, she works as a technical writer (“I make user guides and online help for a software company”). She admits that she’s allergic to cold air and cold water, but she wishes to travel someday to a place that has snow. Also, “I have never had a toothache so I don’t know how painful that is and I wish I never would.”
How did you discover Lomography?
In 2003 I went on a river trek and camping trip with my friends and one of them (www.lomohomes.com/davanita) brought a Lomo LC-A. I had no idea then what Lomo and Lomography were all about. I was curious but wasn’t interested enough to look at the camera and ask her about it. But because I like finding things out by myself on the Internet, my search for Lomo brought me to the wonderful world of www.lomography.com.
What/who inspired you to pick up a camera and take photos?
I grew up with people who loved taking pictures. I remember my grandmother taking pictures of me and my brother and sisters when we were little kids. She used a Rolleiflex TLR. I also remember my mother taking pictures of me using a Minolta SLR. Back then I liked looking at nice photographs but never really thought I could take pictures myself. I enrolled in a black and white photography class in university, but I didn’t enjoy it. It wasn’t fun. I guess my brain was still too young then to understand and remember the rules and the technical things about using an SLR. I think my final grade was ‘B’. I never touched a camera after that. And then in 2003 (several years after taking that photography class), I went on a beach vacation with friends and I felt I needed to have a camera for the trip. Just before leaving I bought a cheap point and shoot film camera. A few months later I discovered the Lomography website and got excited. I loved what I saw. The photos were amazing. I looked at them everyday. By December 2003 I bought my first Lomography camera, an LC-A, and for a long time that was the only camera that I used. I love not being in full control of what comes out on film. It’s more exciting and unpredictable that way. In the last few years I was able to buy other Lomography cameras. I now have a Supersampler, a Holga, and many other toy cameras. I also won a Fisheye 1 camera from LSI.
If you could take a picture of a famous person, who would it be?
I haven’t really thought about this seriously but because you asked, then I would say I think it would be fun to take a picture of the famous chef Jamie Oliver. I think what he does is exciting. I admire his talent and his passion. It’s good that he shares it with a lot of people. And I love food. It doesn’t show on my tiny body but I do love food. I don’t cook but one day I hope to be able to cook some yummy food. I love watching cooking shows on television. I would be so happy if I could go on a trip with Jamie Oliver and take pictures. Food is something I can see, touch, smell, taste, and even hear (while it’s cooking). There would be no concept for the shoot, really. I don’t like having too much control over my photos. It would just be something like a day in the life of Jamie Oliver. That should include a shopping trip to buy ingredients, cooking, eating, and people having a great time.
Show us the picture that you’re most proud of.
This is a black and white Holga photo of my nephew Nathan. I rarely shoot in black and white. It’s one of my favorites because it is a picture of my nephew at our old family home where I lived for more than 20 years. My mother sold the house soon after I took that photo.
Any strange Lomography moment?
There is one strange but nice Lomography moment that I remember. It was my first time to use slide film on a Holga. After having the film developed and scanned I saw the strangest images that I ever photographed. I realized that the spring on my Holga was worn out and it now had a slow shutter. It’s like shooting on bulb mode except my old Holga didn’t have a bulb setting. So all the pictures were blurred but I liked them.
What’s the most amazing thing that happened to you recently?
I think this interview is the most amazing thing that happened to me recently. I never thought I could be considered one of the most “influential Lomographers in the community”. This is amazing!
Your daily routine consists of –
checking my emails and looking at pictures online.
Recommend some good music!
This is tough. Hmm. I don’t know. I don’t buy CDs and I don’t have an iPod. Is that strange? My only music source is last.fm. Some of my favorites are in my last.fm account (zoe191) if you want to know.