panelomo takes us on an insightful tour into the analogue mind of friend disdis in our latest of the ‘My Friend’ intereviews!
Name: Diego RUIZ DE GAUNA LOPEZ
Occupation: I’m a marketing manager of a playing card company.
Interests: lomography, music, illustration and comics
What was your first Lomographic experience? How was it?
It was my bithday and my girlfriend (now my wife) gave me a supersampler as a gift. I already knew Lomography cameras by a guy who was studying photography in Barcelona. We were having dinner and talking about it when he said to me “There are some cameras called Lomo that makes the colours more powerful”. I knew then I had to get some of those. It was more or less 6 years ago, but it took me a while to start. The first roll with the supersampler was a disaster. But one of the pictures was great so I continued. Then I got a Holga and so was the first roll. Since then, 3 LCAs, 1 Holga, 2 Dianas, 1 supersampler and a fisheye, all kinds of lenses and also other analogue cameras I’m collecting from grandfathers, friends and Ebay. It’s not love, it’s obsession. But one of those obsessions that makes you feel alive in this terrible world.
What’s your favorite photography/Lomography trick?
I think it’s been always making doubles. It’s nice not to remember exactly the last pictures and then shoot again. But what I love most because it’s exciting is to make doubles with anyone out there. I’ve just tried once with Azurblue, one of my favorite lomographers all around the world, and though I just got 3 good pictures (hers were better and covered my night pictures) the experience was GREAT. The feeling when you develop the film is so awesome…
What’s your favourite camera + film combo? (and why do you like it?)
I have two favorites. My Holga is the perfect one for the 6×6 pictures. I love how it works, how it surprises me, but developing the 120 film is quite expensive here. But the one I use more is the LCA+. Then you can do anything you want and it’s not so expensive to get the film developed. I’m getting used to go with both of them everyday.
Any funny or strange experiences while taking pictures?
Once I was in a Tapas Bar during a Diana workshop, I was the one who was showing Pasquale Caprile (Spanish Ambassador) the city of the workshop. I was asking for some tapas (pintxos here, they are delicious) and suddenly a man looked at my Diana+ hanging from my neck and said. “Is that a toy?” and my answer was “Yes it is, but one of those toys you’ll always remember” and then I took a picture of him smiling. I suppose he didn’t realise it was a true camera.
Someone wants your photo up on a billboard. Which photo would it be? (and why?)
First of all, I don’t think someone wants my pictures to be up on a billboard. We have to work a lot to get people to know this is the future of photography. But If I had to choose one, maybe it would be the one that won the Diana World Tour in Spain. Just because it was the most important day of my life, the moment I asked my girlfriend to marry me.
If you could collaborate with someone for a Lomographic project, who would it be and why?
Any lomographic project is good. I mean, all the lomographers are so creative people that any of the projects would be interesting enough. But I would like to participate in something which involves human rights. Lomographers should do something about this because we are real and good human beings.
A day in the life of disdis:
I wake up at 6:30, a cold shower to wake up and a Colacao, then kiss Vasvas and go to work. I work closely with Disney, Hello Kitty and othe licenses to create new playing cards for children and with designers to create playing cards for casinos. This is a contraction. Maybe I work too much. When I go out of the office I start taking pictures with any of my cameras. I try to be fair with all of them I wouldn’t like to be abandoned in myself so I try not to do this with my cameras. Taking pictures relaxes me, eases all the tensions and makes me think about I want to live my life. It also makes me love Vasvas more. She’s my muse.
Name three things that inspire you.
Vasvas, sun and children. Should I have one soon?
What’s keeping you busy lately?
I’m busy all the time but what keeps me busy is cleaning my new apartment. If you want to live with another person for the rest of your life, you need to clean your place, so you can feel comfortable.
Recommend something good!
Oooppsss…. so many books, illustrators, places, food, music. I will tell your my favorites:
Book: anything from Haruki Murakami. He’s my only idol nowadays. He makes me dream with his books.
Music: any Yo La tengo LP. Better on vinyl. Analogue is the future.
Illustrators: Jay Ryan art for rock bands. I love squirrels.
Food: I’ve you ever want to taste the best, come to Basque Country to taste “pintxos”, the basque and best tapas of the world. Imagine 4 of the best 20 cooks in the world live here. Everything is delicious. You could first taste a filled spanish omelette. I would cook a good one for your. You are invited.
Place: If you ever go to Barcelona, go to a terrace called Kasparov. It’s in the Raval near the Macba. Ask for a beer and kasparov potatoes, and watch everything around you, children playground in front of you, some inmigrants listening to music, skinheads sitting on the other side of the square not worrying about the inmigrants, beautiful people near you, sun on your face, birds, trees… you just feel that you are a part of the world!