In this new ongoing series “5 Questions on Analogue Photography”, we send out the same set of questions to photographers. This time, Nishi Chauhan, an architect and a designer answered these and sent along a selection of her most recent work.
Name: Nishi Chauhan
Occupation: Architect & Designer
1. Tell us something about yourself.
I am a designer, architect and a geek who happens to be mad about colors! I like them bright! I like them dreamy! I like them exaggerated! And the next word that comes to me when I say colors is dreams. It is not surprising that I have been hooked to Lomography ever since I discovered it. It lets me combine the two and see the world the way I would want to see, colorful and dreamy.
2. Why do you still shoot in analogue?
There are many surprises involved when you use film. There is room for a lot of unpredictability which makes me feel more connected to analogue. Its almost like I see a reflection of my personal traits in film and it speaks to me in return.
3. What are the photographic paraphernalia (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your camera bag?
A camera bag?! I don’t have one. In fact, I don’t think I need one. The La Sardina is too pretty a camera to be cased inside a bag. I am happy flashing it around in my hands with the film rolls stuffed in my pockets. It gets easier that way.
4. Share with us a killer trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
I am a huge fan of multiple exposures. All these years of architecture and design education has made me develop a thing for layers – layers of drawings and layers and layers of images. That’s one of the biggest reasons why I love shooting multiple exposures. Recently I tried a triple exposure and the result left me spellbound. Haven’t tried it enough to start calling it a trick, but yes multiple exposure is something that I love experimenting with.
5. Which photographers influence your work?
I have started exploring photography very recently and it would be too soon to answer if any particular photographer influences my work. I admire good photographs and devour all kinds of visual inspirations but I haven’t really reached a point where I would want to know the people behind those photographs. Right now I am just happy experimenting with different things that appeal to my eye. In the true spirit of Lomography, my aim is to have fun with my camera and not put my head into it too much.
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