Our newest Amigo is Jeremiah Edmond, the drummer for the amazing band, “Manchester Orchestra”. Let’s get to know him and his visual stories with the Lomo LC-A+!
REAL NAME: Jeremiah Robert Edmond
CITY: Atlanta, GA
How long have you been a Lomographer (or are you new to this whole thing)?
Jeremiah Edmond: My wife bought me a Holga 120 CFN as a Christmas present two years ago. I had known about Lomography for a while and somehow stumbled back onto the site and was really inspired. I am on the road touring or in the studio most of the year and somehow had barely any photos documenting any of it. It seemed like the perfect hobby for me while on the road and the perfect way to capture this period of my life.
My good friend and fellow Lomographer Brian Manley and FunWithRobots.com turned me onto the Lomo LC-A+ one day while taking photos at a friends recording studio. I had been frustrated with the cost and difficulty of finding/processing 120 film in my area and rarely was home long enough to do it and was really wanting to find a 35mm camera for the road. The Lomo LC-A+ proved to be the perfect fit. Once I got the Lomo LC-A+ I was addicted.
Describe the Lomo LC-A+ in five words
JE: makes. everything. look. more. interesting.
small. simple. versatile. must. have.
The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had
JE: A lot of our inspiration for our recent album artwork and photoshoot came from Lomography. It was a bit difficult trying to explain the different types of photos I wanted and how to achieve these looks to the team at the label. Luckily the photographer we chose (James Minchin) happened to be into the whole concept and already had a number of the cameras I wanted to use. It was great seeing the confused looks on peoples faces when he pulled out the Lomography Actionsampler and Holga during the photoshoot.
If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be (song title & artist please)
- King Of The Rodeo – Kings Of Leon
- Time To Pretend – MGMT
- Paper Planes – M.I.A.
Thank you for bringing the Lomo LC-A+ into the studio with you. The intimacy of these photos is really amazing and we’re sincerely grateful. Tell us a bit about the recording process we see in these photos.
JE: The photos cover a few months. You see a few rolls from when I first got the Lomo LC-A+. These are mostly from just hanging out at our rehearsal space and at our friend Matt Malpass’ studio Marigolds & Monsters. There are some photos taken during a day trip to Birmingham, AL to play a BBQ festival with our friends The Whigs at the Sloss Furnaces.
The rest of the photos are from pre-production at our rehearsal space in Atlanta,our time at Blackbird Studios in Nashville or just hanging out in Nashville, and a few from studios in Atlanta and LA. Some of my favorites are from a BBQ we threw in Nashville. The recording process started with us taking about two weeks to write the record. We then had Joe Chicarrelli come to Atlanta and work through pre-production with us. Tweaking the song stuctures and arrangements and making sure we were ready to go into the studio. We started recorded in Nashville, TN and spent a little over two weeks tracking all the foundations of the songs live. Bass,drums, guitars, and some of the keys were all live. We tracked the vocals and other overdubs at Tree Sound and Vintage Song studios in Atlanta. After 3 or 4 weeks of overdubs we flew to LA to mix the record at Sunset Sound.
It was nice shooting with the Lomo LC-A+ because it kept things quick and easy. I didn’t over think shots or spend time retaking shots to get them just right. In the studio that can be very annoying to have someone taking your photo when you are working on a tough song or part. It let me just point and shoot and not worry about it.
If you could take your Lomo LC-A+ and a sack of film anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
JE: I would go wandering around Atlanta on a sunny day. I never have the time when home to wander around and shoot.
I would also love to go back to Daufuskie Island, SC where I grew up and spend some time shooting. It is a tiny island near Hilton Head Island that has no bridge and barely anything on it. I would love to go back and shoot it before it changes too much.
Your song “I’ve Got Friends” has been stuck in our heads for weeks now… and now that you’re a Lomo “Amigo” you’ve got Lomographer friends all over the world as well… please share with your new “friends in all the right places” what a typical day back home hanging out with Jeremiah is like.
JE: Unfortunately there isn’t much time for hanging out. Between prepping for whatever Manchester Orchestra has next, running day to day operations for our label Favorite Gentlemen, and trying to spend time with my wife my schedule is pretty slammed. I usually start my days catching up on e-mails and phone calls from home and then either head to meetings in the city or head to our office/studio. There I am usually bouncing back and forth between business, rehearsing, and recently helping Robert mix the new Gobotron album.
The one person (living or deceased) who you would most like to photograph
JE: Whoever I am around. I prefer just capturing what is going on around me.
What does the future have in store for Manchester Orchestra? Tour plans? New singles? Videos? Albums?
JE: We just got home yesterday and will be home for a few weeks trying to decompress from 8 weeks of tour and promotion and then will head to the UK and Australia for a couple of weeks. We have some exiting tours that we will be announcing soon for the US. We also have a few more videos we will be releasing. We have been releasing videos for each song on the album in sequential order. Clay Lipsky and Jason Bognaki of Destroy Rock Music directed and created all of the videos.
You can keep up with us online at themanchesterorchestra.com, myspace.com/manchesterorchestra, and we are also on twitter at ==twitter.com/letmyprideme == I also keep a blog (when I can find the time) at theebbandtheflow.com. I try and post my photos from the road there as often as I can. I should have a new batch from our latest tour up soon. Mostly shot with my Lomo LC-A+ and my new Instant Diana back.
Your advice to future Lomo LC-A+ shooters.
JE: Spend some time getting to know the camera and how it reacts to different lighting and especially the focus settings and flash settings. Once you are familiar with that you can pretty much just point and shoot. I find the mistakes or snapshots to be my favorites but knowing how it reacts really helps when there is a specific shot I know I want to get. Also take the time to note what film you are shooting and how each roll turns out. I wish I had done that more early on.