In this new and on-going series we have selected some of the most enthusiastic film photography fanatics and asked them 5 simple questions that gives us an insight into their passion for all things analogue. We also get to see some of their own photographs. Today, we talk to Marcus Butler.
Name: Marcus Butler
Occupation: Digital marketing
1. Tell us about yourself in three sentences maximum?
I’ve been taking photos for about 2 years, having previously thought I wouldn’t be any good at it and never having much of an interest to try. Using a LCA for the first time changed that and I’m now totally hooked. I work and live in London and somehow ended up doing exactly the opposite to what I always wanted by having to wear a suit every day.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
I really like a lot of digital photography but I just find photos taken with film that little bit more interesting. I also really like all the experimenting you can do – cross processing, multiple exposures, redscale, the options are endless and trying something new is all part of the fun.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
I rarely leave the house without a LCA, normally with some Kodak Elitechrome slide film. However if I’m going out with the intention of shooting I’ll take a bag full of cameras (LCA, LCA+, LC-Wide, Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim, Cosina CX2 and more), a whole selection of different slide films, some homemade redscale film, a splitzer and a mini-tripod (which I’ve only used about twice, but you never know).
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
If you were to look through all of my failed rolls you’d probably agree that I’ve yet to find such a trick. But I would say that the lab you get your photos processed and scanned is SO important. There’s nothing worse than getting your photos back to find your expected masterpieces a dull shade of green or full of scratches. So search around for a good place and then keep using them. Oh and change your LCA batteries as often as possible – even if you see the red light the batteries may still be too low to shoot (I’ve had many blank rolls from this).
5. What photographers influence your work?
The biggest influence for me has been my brother James (slimmer_jimmer on flickr). He started it all by lending me his LCA (something I’m always going to be eternally grateful for) and seems to have tried nearly every Lomography and toy camera going, always with brilliant results. The community on flickr has also been a great influence, including Lomography’s very own Liana (Golfpunkgirl on flickr). As most people there tag their photos with the technique that they’ve used you can quickly get an idea of what you like and what you want to try yourself.