Meet our fourth On The Road Amigo! To celebrate the opening of On The Road on December 21st, we gave some of our favorite American photographers Lomo LC-A+ cameras and handfuls of film! Meet the fourth, our dear friend (serious film user), Ike Edeani!
Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your interests?
I'm a photographer and an art director living and working in San Francisco. I love design just as much as I do photography, and I can’t live without music.
How long have you been a Lomographer (or are you new to this whole thing)?
I’m fairly new to Lomography. My sister got me a Holga 120N for Christmas a few years ago and I shot with it a bit, but didn’t really stick with it.
What was your LC-A+ shooting experience like?
Absolutely fantastic. I was a bit skeptical at first, because it’s so light and easy to operate, I underestimated the quality I could get from it, but this thing’s a beast!
How would you compare the LC-A+ to the equipment you usually shoot with?
I shoot mostly film, so on one hand it feels very familiar, but it’s so much more compact than most of what I’m used to. My typical kit is a Contax 645, a Canonet GIII rangefinder, and usually a Contax T2 or one of two SLRs. By contrast the LC-A+ fits easily in my bag (or back pocket) and weighs next to nothing. Its even lighter than my Olympus XA, which it shares a few characteristics with.
Describe the Lomo LC-A+ in 2 sentences.
Small, light, fast, and sharp. It’s also incredibly easy to use.
Can you share one of your secrets to taking great pictures?
It’s not really a secret at all, but I just try to keep my eyes open as much as possible, looking for those moments that most people (myself included) would normally walk right past. I’m also always thinking about framing, the edges of a composition, just as much as what’s inside it.
What do you like best about low-fi/alternative photography?
It feels very much like mobile photography, using smartphones and apps like Instagram, where I think you’re responding to your instincts more, and every photo doesn’t have to be so precious. You end up shooting more, just because it’s fun, and of course practice makes perfect.
The one person (living or deceased) who you would most like to photograph.
That’s a tough one. I shoot a lot of portraits of friends, acquaintances, and strangers, but I’ve never actually shot my siblings or my dad. So yeah, I’d say my family.
What’s the strangest, funniest, hands-down greatest or most “unusual” photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had?
We found this brilliant run-down old barn along the highway, and as we walked inside we noticed two horses on the other end staring at us. They stuck around the whole time we were there, completely unimpressed by what we were doing.
If you could take your LC-A+ and a sack of film On The Road to anywhere right now, where would you go and why?
Barcelona. It’s one of my favorite cities that I’ve never actually been to.
What was your thought process in taking these photos? How do you think they communicate the themes of Americana / Kerouac / the Beat Generation?
While I’ve never read On The Road or seen the film, everything I know about the story and the characters evokes the idea of adventure and discovery. Here I set out with some friends, not knowing where exactly we were headed, or what types of photos we wanted to make, but we found our way and had quite a bit of fun in the process. We also might’ve done a bit of trespassing along the way.
What was your favorite part of On The Road?
I haven’t seen it yet!
What’s coming up on the horizon? New projects? What’s in the works and what’s on your mind? Who/what would you like to shoot next?
I recently started shooting full-time for a startup in San Francisco called Wantful. I’ve been working with them for the past 6 months and it’s been really rewarding helping them build out the service. I spend the rest of my time working on personal projects, photo series, and portraits. Lots of portraits. I’d love to do more editorial work as things progress. Shooting stories for publications like Monocle, Inventory, or The New York Times would be a dream.
Your advice to Lomographers and/or low-fi photographers?
Shoot more. Then go shoot some more.
Take a look at Ike's full image gallery here:
Submit your photos to the Get On The Road with Lomography and On The Road Competition before December 10th 2012! Don’t Forget to help us celebrate the competition winner in our Lomography Gallery Stores in NYC, SF, LA and Austin on December 20th as well!
Looking for more Beats? The Lomography Gallery Store NYC is going Kerouac crazy with a Beat Generation Photowalk on December 15th!
Don’t forget, On The Road opens on December 21st!