Canadian filmmaker Barbara Sternberg has been making experimental films since the mid-70s. Her films have been screened widely in North America and Europe in artist-run centres and galleries, including the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in New York, George Pompidou Centre in Paris and Ontario Cinematheque in Toronto. Read on to see the beautiful results when Barbara took on the LOMO LC-A+!
Name: Barbara Sternberg
Location: Toronto, Canada
First off, tell us a little bit about yourself and what you have been up to lately!
I continue to make films and videos – right now I’m finishing a video based on Thomas Bernhard’s writing. And I have a long-ish film (42min.) that I completed last year with a title based on Bernhard, “In The Nature Of Things”. I just came back from Montreal where I gave a talk in Concordia University’s “Conversations with Artists” series. And I joyfully take my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter on outings to the Art Gallery of Ontario and the “Y” swimming pool.
Being a filmmaker, you work a lot more with moving pictures than still images. How do photographs compare to films for you?
I seem to need the extended time film offers – and movement. I’m not good at shooting the perfect moment…when I work with stills, I tend to make series.
What was it like shooting with the LOMO LC-A+?
Fun to work with film again in a still camera (a couple of years ago I got a small digital camera) – I like the added suspense, anticipation and tension of not knowing what you’re getting until after it’s developed and printed. And the need to show a bit of restraint in shooting. Also, when one walks and looks with camera in hand, the experience is different – focused.
Did you approach these photos in any certain way, or was it more of whatever caught your eye?
A combination of both. I shot as I walked home from Lomography and responded to what I saw. But also, I was intrigued by the LOMO LC-A+’s ability to be rewound for superimpositions and wanted to see what the results would look like. Also, I wanted to see how it would respond to the camera being moved quickly while shooting (I don’t know the shutter speed so these shots were a testing.) I shot my kitchen at different times of day and lighting conditions to see what the film’s response would be – and maybe develop a series like that.
Describe the LOMO LC-A+ in 5 words.
Portable, easy, deceptively good quality
It looks like you experimented a lot with multiple exposures! Are you satisfied with the results?
Out of all your photos from this first roll, which one was your favourite and why?
Hard to pick just one – I like several for different reasons. Think I’ll go with a superimposition one though…
Where can we see your films and do you have any upcoming projects you can share with our Lomography community?
I’ll be showing “In The Nature of Things” and a couple of earlier films in Ottawa on Dec. 8 with Available Light – and there will be a screening in Montreal sometime in the new year with Double Negative.
And lastly, what advice do you have for anyone who is picking up the LOMO LC-A+ for the first time?
I think the same advice as with any camera – look at edges of frame before you click. Observe light – it’s beautiful (though strong sunlight can wash out colour).
For more information on Barbara Sternberg, check out her main website