The Incredible Adventures of Vanessa Teodoro and her La Sardina Camera

Vanessa Teodoro, illustrator and street artist, tell us about herself, her fascinating works and her inspirations.

Vanessa Teodoro a.k.a Supervan is an illustrator and street artist with experience in advertising and graphic design. Born in Cape Town, South Africa and now based in Lisbon/Portugal.

Her characters are born from her everyday life influences such as graffiti, tattoos, African patterns and comic books. Vanessa’s paintings have adopted a strong language, funny and always have something to say. She especially likes painting strong female icons and witty colorful pieces with a lot of detail e movement.

We’ve asked Vanessa to join us in a Lomographic adventure. She’ll be showing us her own La Sardina DIY, along with a full-on intervention at the Lisbon Embassy. The exhibit will open from October 18th (you’re all invited!) and on the 20th Vanessa will be running a La Sardina DIY customization workshop, also at the Lisbon Embassy.

We had a small chat with Vanessa about her work and Lomography, here’s what she had to tell us. Check out her Lomo pictures too!

Tell the community a little bit about yourself. What do you do for fun and is it the same thing you do for a living?
I’m a illustrator that also paints on walls, does logos and whatever I can get my hands on. Most of what I do is fun, I’m lucky enough to have fun at work and work for fun.

How long have you been a Lomographer (or are you new to this whole thing)?
I found out about the Lomo world back in 2005 and have been trying out unpredictability ever since.

Will you describe the La Sardina in five words?
Stylish, quirky, easy, experimental & addictive.

How did you like shooting with La Sardina and what were people’s reactions to the camera?
Once you go Lomo there’s no going back. Shooting with La Sardina is very unpredictable and so are peoples reactions, besides the usual “oh that’s a cool looking camera”.

What is the strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/ Lomographic encounter that you have ever had?
What? Besides seeing spooks in my photos? Well let’s see… I swapped identical cameras with a friend by accident, and when I went to develop the film, I was like “what was I on? I don’t remember any of this!”

If you could shoot any person alive or dead (or imaginary) with your (camera name) who would it be and why?
Wonder woman of course! Because she kicks ass and the blue flash would really make her eyes pop!

What’s your favorite photo you took with the La Sardina and why?
I don’t think I’ve got one yet, com’on guys!! Seriously it’s like asking a mother to choose between her children! I love them all!

If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be (song title & artist please).
Beastie boys – no sleep till Brooklyn
The Kills – Getting down
The Chordettes – Lollipop

What got you into photography at the first place?
The real answer? An old boyfriend. The answer I’d prefer to give: I love surprises and digital just ruined it for me!

Your advice to future La Sardina shooters.
As tempting as it seems, don’t store food in it!

Check below some more of her works!

know more about Vanessa Teodoro @ thesupervan.com

Get ready to sail the high seas with our new La Sardina collection! These 35mm cameras are equipped with spectacular wide-angle lens, multiple exposure capabilities, and a rewind dial—everything you need for fun-filled and thrill-soaked escapades. Get your own La Sardina camera now!

written by lomografia_portugal on 2012-10-18 #people #35mm-films #lomoamigo #portugal #analogue-cameras #art

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