For Nik, images with washed-out colors and strangely stain spots on them are what he considers a true photo, or rather, a perfectly undone Lomograph. And with the variety of film cameras he has, He makes it sure that it will effectively chronicle his life as it unfolds.
Name: Nik Ramirez
Camera Shelf: Rollei 35, Diana F+, holga
How did you find out about the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I found out about lomography when a friend of mine showed me the Diana f+ book, and I fell in love with the style of the images and the ideology behind the movement.
Is there anyone in the Lomographic Society you look up to? If yes, who is him/her and why?
If anyone, I look up to the people who have managed to perfect the use of their cameras, and take amazing pictures all the time.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
The main rule I apply in everyday life is don’t worry about any rules. I believe in right and wrong, and taking things in stride, and making things work, and that if the rules don’t match up with these ideas then they aren’t meant to be followed.
In this digital age, why still film?
Despite the obvious shift towards digital media, I still shoot film because the resulting pictures are more than just pictures, but clear representations of memories and experiences that can’t be captured in digital photographs. Pictures taken on film, with the grain, and crazy colors, and scratches, and vignetting- all the imperfections of film hold emotion and show a scene in a way that digital never could.
Share your current favorite Lomograph (could be yours or a friend’s) and explain why it is your favorite.
This is my current favorite lomograph. If I had spent more time looking through other people’s images, I’d have probably chosen a different one, but I feel that this picture best represents the whole point of lomography. I took this picture when my friend and I traveled to the Philippines sans parents, and spent time there building houses for the less fortunate. On a few of our off days we took a trip to the island of Camiguin, and I saw this dilapidated fence before we boarded the boat. Because I took so many pictures on this trip, I didn’t scan the negatives for over 2 years, and had no idea how the images would turn out. When I finally got around to it, the image looked like this, brightly discolored, with strange spots and streaks that mysteriously appeared. But rather than try scanning it again, I decided that all the imperfections better told the story of our trip than anything else could, and because of that, its my favorite lomograph.