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My friend MissKhali by Champi

MissKhali, aka Caroline Merklen (or Karotte for friends) is actually much more than a friend to me! As my girlfriend, but also as my initiator to the mysteries of Xpro and plastic lenses, she was the one I wanted to ask a few question and let you know a bit more about! Let me introduce you my Lomo guru, "MissKhali":http://www.lomohomes.com/MissKhali!

MissKhali, aka Caroline Merklen (or Karotte for friends) is actually much more than a friend to me! As my girlfriend, but also as my initiator to the mysteries of Xpro and plastic lenses, she was the one I wanted to ask a few question and let you know a bit more about! Let me introduce you my Lomo guru, MissKhali!

Champi: Tell us a bit about you! How old are you, what do you do of your life?

Misskhali: Well, I’m freshly 25, the age when the museum full price era begins…, and I’m a communication trainee in La Rochelle’s business school for seven months. I’m not from La Rochelle, but from Marseille. I moved here at the end of September, after living in Saint Etienne and Toulouse, and I don’t know anybody here. I’m really happy because I’m going to learn a million things at work, and I’m going to shoot a lot in this town while I go for a walk.

C: What was your first camera and when did you begin burning some film?

K: My first ever camera was green and I used to feed it up with 110mm films…May I present you the Agfamatic Snapper! My parents bought it to me when I was something like 7 or 8, to make me bring back some personal souvenirs from summer camps. I was almost the only child to have a real camera and not a disposable one! I don’t have many pics left from this camera, but I think I wasn’t very productive…

Years later I took my dad’s SLR on holidays with me, and I think I really began to burn bunch of films at that time. I was 15 or so…

C: Have you ever stopped since then or has it been an immediate addiction?

K: I never stopped shooting, but I left aside analogue photography for a few years because of digital and cost… Now my DSLR has replaced my SLR so I can shoot like crazy without spending a penny, and I’ve got about ten analogue cameras to play and experiment.

C: In « real life » you love Black, red and white, you hate pink and blue… What about your pics?! Do you like the velvia pink or the Precisa blue shift, what gives you satisfaction in your analogue pictures?

K: In my photographic/virtual life I love colours, all the colours… Especially when it’s not true colours. It’s like a parallel world, which is fantastic, full of surprises, and everything turns beautiful.

I’m never really satisfied with my pictures, I have the impression there’s always something missing… But sometimes I’m impressed by the contrasts and colours. What I enjoy most is the moment I discover what I shot earlier, and how analogue photography can be delightfully unexpected.

C: You also shoot a lot in digital, what is different in your way of shooting digital and analogue?

K: Hummmm… I think there’s no difference…except the quantity. Digital is great to make thousands of pictures as it doesn’t cost much. I also do a lot of digital long exposures with the flash… I love it! And I can’t do it with films cause I almost don’t have any flash on my analogue cameras… I often say I play with my analogue cameras, and digital offers me the opportunity to make some “serious” photography when I need to.

C: I always have here at home at least one of your cameras to fix… Not that I am really fast at fixing them, but hey, how do you manage breaking them so fast?

K: Hey! It’s not my fault! I just make some pictures…

And one day my Oktomat decides he doesn’t want to shoot any more… and you can’t fix it so it turns pinhole…

Or one day my Fisheye decides he won’t use the flash any more… and you can’t fix it because the flash passed away…

Or I want to turn my Instamatic into 35mm camera… so you have to fix it that way and one day I realise I’ve been shooting 50 pics on the same part of film because it doesn’t move on! Ok, I’ve been rough with my Instamatic…

Well, plastic is fantastic, but plastic is fragile crap ;)

C: 3 things you like and 3 things you hate that usually happen in one of your ordinary life?

K: I like being kissed by my Champi when I wake up, but I can’t say it is ordinary life…

I hate ironing clothes, but I have to…

I like to drink litres of tea

I hate when my brand new flatmate tells me about his life with all the details… even sexual details I don’t give a sh*t

I like to watch series in my bed with my duvet

I hate to remember I forgot something at home when I’m downstairs… I live on the 4th floor, without elevator…

C: The weirdest pic you took?

K: I’d say it’s a BW pic I took when I was 17 or 18…

I’ve been filmed while I was dancing in an artistic performance for my art class… As I couldn’t copy the tape, I took a few snapshots of my tv to keep as a souvenir… How egocentric I can be….

C: What are you listening at right now?

K: Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane

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written by shhquiet

2 comments

  1. vicuna

    vicuna

    Great answers for great questions! Congrats to both of you for this interview!! :)))

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  2. grenoouille

    grenoouille

    Lovely interview!
    Surrealistic plastic fantastic lomo lovers!

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