You might be quite overwhelmed with the number of Lomographs, albums, friends, and analogue cameras this LomoHome has; for I’m telling you, it sure is fit for a LomoGuru!
But don’t be intimidated for this guy sure is a nice and talented Lomographer! Having to spend just a few years in our Community, he sure has done a lot in the name of Lomography! And hey, have made lots of good analogue friends, too.
Let us not take too long with introductions because I’m quite sure you have heard of him. Here is this week’s LomoGuru, clickiemcpete!
Name: Peter Atwood
Lomography Username: clickiemcpete
Location: Western Massachusetts, USA
Number of years as a Lomographer: Two+
Number of years in the Community: Two+
Share to us your most memorable experience in the Lomographic Community.
I don’t think I have any specific memorable experience. For me, my Lomographic journey is a continuous immersion into a world of processes and dreams. I am endlessly fascinated with the images that people are able to capture, full of admiration for their skill and ability to be at the right place at the right time.
Yet one thing that has struck me again and again is the international aspect of Lomography. Seeing images from all over the world on a daily basis has greatly deepened my appreciation and respect for other cultures in a way that no other medium has done. I think Lomography gives the viewer a unique glimpse into the ordinary lives of other people. Also, it allows you to get a sense of place even if you are never able to go there yourself. It is perhaps the ultimate resource for the armchair traveller.
Have you actually met people in the Community that you now consider as close friends? If yes, name at least one of them.
*This has been a frustrating area for me. I have not met any other Lomographers in person. The main reason for this is that I live in a very rural area far from the big cities and also I spend most of my time when I am not making pictures working on my very time consuming business. Sadly, aside from one friend, the only other photographers I have met in my area are all DigiBots and can’t understand why I “waste” my time with film. However, I have become very friendly with many other Lomographers through the site and have done a lot of film swaps, etc. I hope to do more traveling in the next few years and get together with more people for LomoWalks.
Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?
Oh course! After learning how to use these cameras and films to create the kind of images I like to make, how could I not want to keep on doing it? It’s a big world out there and although there are many wonderful cameras ranging from antiques to modern masterpieces, “toy” cameras and specialized instruments such as the Spinner 360 allow photographers to create truly amazing images that cannot be achieved in any other way. So, while I love the clarity and perfection from expensive high fidelity machines such as Leicas, I find a great deal of joy in the world of dreamy lo-fi distortion that is only possible with a simple plastic lens.
What is your favorite Lomographic camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences while using this camera?
It is so hard to pick just one so I’ll pick two. The first two that immediately leap to mind are the LC-A and the LC-Wide. There is a kind of magic that the LC-A style cameras produce. I like the newer LC-A+ model because you can do multiple exposures and it has the slots to accept accessory lenses and splitzer…but in my opinion the older Russian made LC-As have better quality lenses and are capable of lower ISO settings so are better for my beloved Redscale films.
The main reason I picked the LC-A series though is because they are so darned pocketable and easy to use. You can’t capture those fleeting moments if you have to spend precious minutes retrieving a camera from a bag and fiddling with lens caps and switches. The LC-A wins the Rapid Deployment contest hands down and produces remarkable images for such an unassuming camera.
The LC-W takes it one step further with the contrasty and sharp wide angle lens, the internal masks and the ability to do endless panoramas. I almost always have one of these cameras in my pocket on any given day.
Do I have any memorable experiences with these cameras? I’m not trying to be cheesy but I would say the images they produce make even the most mundane experiences memorable. :D
Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?
Yes, go out and shoot, shoot, shoot! Try everything you can think of and don’t be afraid to make some mistakes and waste some film. Also, spend time studying the images of other Lomographers. Learn what films and cameras they are using and try to figure out how they get the results that you most admire, then go out and try to do it yourself. Ask questions, too. I have found everyone in the Community to be very forthcoming and helpful even when there is a language barrier.
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!