Vicuna - A New Lubitel Lover


Vicuna, or Stéphane Heinz as he is also known as, recognises that people are not always that keen on posing for your photographic encounters. “With the Lubitel+ it’s different” he says, “as by looking down into the viewfinder instead of establishing eye contact through your viewfinder your subjects become more relaxed”.

1. How long have you been a Lomographer? How did you get into it?
I’m a lomographer for almost 5 years now. In the spring of 2004 I was browsing on the internet when I discovered a review of Fred Lebain’s book “My Holidays with Holga”. I was so amazed about the pictures I saw that I immediately bought a Holga. I was already involved in analogue photography for over 10 years at the moment, but feeled really bored by the classical schemes of it, had no more inspiration and wanted something new… Holga saved my photographic life!! But it was only 2006 that I discovered the website of (I was a lomographer for the 2 past years but didn’t knew it, ha ha… ;) and opened my lomohome and then…. I was quickly totally Lomo-addicted, bought a lot of cameras and today, I can’t imagine my life without lomography!

2. Write a Lubitel acrostic (each letter in Lubitel spells out a new word)
Love Unique Beauty Imagination True Emotion Lubitel love

3. The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had.
There are often funny encounters/situations when you’re out for shooting with a lomographic camera (where’s the screen behind the camera for viewing the shot, does this thing make pictures?, etc…) but the greatest lomographic and human experience I had with my cameras was on a trip to Burkina Faso, in Africa, at the end of 2008. The people and all the kids I met there where so sincere, friendly and offered all they had: they allowed me without any problem to take pictures of them, and the kids where asking more then once to be on the pictures! The whole series of portraits I made are so emotionally rich, so human, because the people (and specially the kids) were simply themselves, without hiding something, they didn’t try to look like different of what they were. And that’s one of the best photographic/human experience I had the chance to live.

Continue reading his interview here

written by somapic on 2009-03-12 #news #medium-format #interview #lubitel #lovers


  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    Go Vicuna Go!!!!

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yeah Vicuna ! Keep on rocking ! And once again, the Holga shows its magical power, making us lomo-addicts !!!

  3. rater
    rater ·

    Great interview!!

  4. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Awesome man. Great interview and shots.

  5. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    Very cool. Love the pics.

    I just fell in love with the Lub 166+ last weekend! :D Hope I can burn more rolls soon.

  6. kirri-joy
    kirri-joy ·

    yeah! the holga is an inspirational little buddy.

  7. grenoouille
    grenoouille ·

    Well done Stéphane! good (self-)portrait lesson!

  8. comezone
    comezone ·

    you know how good you are! congrats!

  9. deff1
    deff1 ·

    Fantastic! Great interview, very inspirational!

  10. fab
    fab ·


  11. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    CongratZ, Vicuna! :)

  12. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Thanks a lot to everyone for these nice comments! :) And thanks to LSI to have chosen me as new Lubitel Lover! :))

  13. jelga
    jelga ·

    great interview! i really like the bit about the burkina portraits

  14. scootiepye
    scootiepye ·

    wtg ! These shots have been taken with the Lubitel + and not the holga :) both shoot square format - so pretty easy mistake to make ! nice one vicuna !

  15. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    Vicuna is now a lomo-idol~!!!

  16. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Nice Selfportrait!

  17. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Congrats man, awesome!!

  18. olique
    olique ·

    very nice!

  19. stoonja
    stoonja ·

    YES MAN !!!

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