You might have seen his LomoKino movie which was featured in our LomoKino Premiere Deluxe a few weeks ago — and since you’ve seen his film, it’s high time you get to know more about him!
You’ve heard of him as elixirix in our Community but we shall introduce him to you as Richard Brown. An artist and composer, he has been a passionate Lomographer for quite long already. Then the LomoKino was released and it gave him a new meaning when it comes to Lomography!
Read our interview with him and take a look at his wonderful LomoKino movies.
Full Name: Richard Brown
Lomography Username: elixirix
Location: Oxford, England.
Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your interests?
I’ve just finished working for the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, where I got plenty of chance to digest composition by some of the great masters of Western Art, but I’m about to move to the South of France to work on a volunteer project for a year. I’m a big football fan, amazed by the recent renaissance of Newcastle United, while aside from photography I also write music for an acoustic band called Branch Immersion
How long have you been a Lomographer and how did you find out about the Community?
I’ve been an owner of the LC-A for about 4 years now and I’m always trying to convert people I know back to using film. I started to learn more about the Community when I discovered I could upload all my photos for free on the website, but there’s so much going on there, and it brings me solace to see so many people agree with me about the beauty of film. It’s great for tips and advice, and some of the historical articles about photographers are really interesting too.
Describe the LomoKino in five words.
Unique, inspiring, unconventional, cinematic, poetic.
How did you like shooting with the LomoKino?
Generally in the open air – I only tried indoors once without a flash, and it wasn’t very successful, even with some 1600 ASA film, so I need to experiment with that. I’ve used my tripod a little, but with the motion that comes with moving the handle on the camera, I’ve not found it to be that much of an advantage, so I prefer the freedom of just holding it in your hands.
What or who has inspired you to purchase and use the LomoKino?
The Lomowall function on the website got me really interested in taking series of photos, in the same location and light conditions, so I’ve around 230 LomoWalls on my LomoHome now. It was a logical step from this to try and think about making a movie, so I got pretty excited when I heard about the new camera. As a musician, I thought about making some music videos for my songs, but in fact this has worked in reverse, as I’ve written music to accompany the videos rather that the other way round. My good friend Kat May however asked me if I could make a music video for her song ‘Stars and Sorrow’, so it was great to have a commission and work with another artist to try and realize her ideas.
Any funny or strange encounters you’ve had with it?
For my first test rolls I went for a walk around a park in Oxford to try and film some wildlife, but I found myself shouting at some swans to try and get them to do something interesting, while they just sat pluming their feathers! Of course you get some strange looks, which is normal for anyone who’s not using a digital camera these days, but spinning the handle round while filming does arouse more curiosity than usual.
*If you could shoot any person alive or dead (or imaginary) with your LomoKino, who would it be and why?8
This is really tricky. My great-grandfather was a steam engine driver in Newcastle, so I’d be tempted to film him, and maybe rework the Lumière brothers’ movie of the train pulling into the station. The other person that springs to mind is Jimi Hendrix. Firstly it would be amazing to hear him play, but he was a very visual performer too, and I can imagine how great those moves and colours might come over in a xprocessed film.
Kindly share to us any LomoKino movie you love the most.
Please Don’t Go’ by Dick Chua. I love the dog’s floppy ears, and the different angles he used as well as the music which really helped set the mood.
It directly inspired me to film in a playground for my movie ‘To Dream of Degas’.
Any future plans with your LomoKino? More shoots or a full-length film perhaps?
I’ll be taking it with me to France for sure, but I’m not sure how much opportunity I’ll have to work on movies over there. I think a full length film is out of the question for now, but I definitely think it is worthwhile trying to plan a story idea rather than just filming your cat.
Your advice to future LomoKino users.
Buy a scanner for your own films, and you’ll soon save the cost of doing it at the lab, who in my experience can’t scan the individual negatives anyway, only in groups of six which you then still have to crop. Also, look into cropping each negative with the same dimensions for a consistent aspect ratio in the final film. Be prepared to spend quite a lot of time cropping negatives, and experiment with different frame rates for play back, but keep the faith!
Check these other LomoKino Movies from Richard
’Kassam Car Boot Sale":http://www.lomography.com/homes/elixirix/movies/715-kassam-car-boot-sale
Enter a new analogue dimension with the LomoKino. Lomography’s own 35mm analogue movie camera allows you to capture action and immortalize your story on film! Shoot 144 frames on any 35mm film and create your own cinematic masterpieces. Want to watch your movie the old-school way? We also offer the LomoKino and LomoKinoscope package!