For someone who uses film, there’s only one thing he keeps in mind each time he is about to load his camera, and that is to have fun – that’s all there is to d0, actually! Robert thinks Lomography is something of an open invitation for everyone to get clicking and snapping in analogue all over again!
Name: Robert Rohe
Location: Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO
Number of years as a Lomographer: 1
Number of years in the Community: 1
Share to us your most memorable experience in the Lomographic Community.
I think my most memorable experience in the Community was the first time one of my articles was translated. I mean, I know that the site is predominately about photos. However, it was deeply moving to know that someone thought so highly about something I wrote that they translated it into another language for others to enjoy. I appreciate this because, sadly, I’m only monolingual (unless you consider sarcasm a proper second language). I have been working on learning my Mother’s native tongue, Tagalog, though.
Have you actually met people in the Community that you now consider as close friends? If yes, name at least one of them.
I haven’t actually met any Lomographers in person, but I’ve been in contact (via the site) with a local and there was a talk about gathering other local shooters for a LomoWalk (which I look forward to).
I did do doubles with isoterica. I’m not that adept at double exposures, but it was fun. (and coincidentally should anyone want to exchange rolls, I’m game)
Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?
Yes. Unless the film companies should stop making film, but then I think I’d still say “Yes.” If not so confidently. I’d like to think that I’d prepare for the end of days of film by stockpiling a cache in an undisclosed location to prevent looters during the riots.
Why? Because film has more soul than a perfect crisp and ready digital image for some reason (to me at least). Also, there’s something very satisfying about sitting in the cramped half bath that is my “dark room” and agitating a little tank for a half hour and then rinsing and removing the film to hang from the ceiling to dry.
What is your favorite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences while using this camera?
You never forget your first. Mine was a Diana Mini. There was something about the classic-retro-sexiness of it that drew me. The next camera I purchased via Lomo was the ever so stylish Zorki 1. Which then sparked my interest in rangefinder cameras and Russian cameras in general. But hands down, my favorite Lomo camera is the Sardina (though I’m still saving my Piggies for the most coveted LC-A). I love the wide-wide angle, the feel and look of the body, and the sweet simplicity of shooting with it.
I think my most memorable moment with this camera is this,
I’ve been shooting a lot of street photography lately and I really feel like this image is the first shot that I felt like I was doing street photography. I look back to it and I find myself trying to… not so much to emulate it in other shots, but trying to capture the essence of that photo.
Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?
Use the site; use the internet in general. Good information is out there, sometimes you just have to dig for it. If you have questions, ask somebody here. The Community on Lomography is pretty friendly and more than willing to help. Look at pictures. From peers or famous photographers, it doesn’t matter. Look at the composition and learn from it. Above all else, have fun. (That’s the whole point, right?) Because what’s the point if it’s not any fun?
They are the ones whose passion transcends not only by what they do and say, but also with what they see and capture with their film cameras. And with such attributes aforementioned, they are what we call LomoGurus! Every week, we get to ask questions and reveal some insights with the most talented and productive of all Lomographers from the community!