Wrik Mead has been making film, video and photography works since graduating from the Ontario College of Art in the late 80’s. His work has been screened at festivals and galleries worldwide including the Berlinale, The Toronto International Film Festival and the Sydney International Film Festival. He is currently represented by PayneShurvell Gallery in London, UK and teaches at OCAD University in Toronto. He recently teamed up with LomoAmigo Barbara Sternberg and the LC-A+ – Read on and see the results!
Name: Wrik Mead
Occupation: Artist and Assistant Prof at OCADU
Location: Toronto, Canada
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you have been up to lately!
I’m currently working on a body of video work that I hope to exhibit in London next year. Teaching takes up a huge amount of time and commitment for me so I’ll also be quite busy with that.
You’ve dabbled in both film and photography. How do moving pictures compare to photographs for you?
I usually spend a great deal of time preparing and setting up all my shots. I like to control everything in the frame whether it is film or photography. With this project that I share with Barbara Sternberg, I have chosen to shoot more spontaneously. Shoot as you go, so to speak.
What was it like shooting with the LOMO LC-A+?
I loved to shoot with the LOMO LC-A+ and it is great to shoot shoot real film. I had forgotten how beautiful it can be. We ran into a few snags with focus and framing but even some of those shots were surprisingly good. Now that I’ve got the hang of it I’m looking forward to shooting the remaining rolls of film.
Did you approach these photos in any certain way, or was it more of whatever caught your eye?
Whatever caught my eye.
Describe the LOMO LC-A+ in 5 words.
Film, film, film, film, film
Out of all your photos from this first roll, which one was your favourite and why?
The close up photo of the owl that is out of focus is my fav. This is a shot of a plastic owl that we use to keep the critters away from our home. They can cause a lot of damage and our owl seems to have been keeping them at bay. At first glance it looks like a real owl but I think that it becomes apparent that it is a fake due to its’ animated appearance.
You got to collaborate with Barbara Sternberg in some of these photos, creating some neat multiple exposures. How did the two of you go about shooting – were you shooting together, or was it more like a film swap?
We always shot together. I love this approach. Truly collaborative. We did not influence each others shot very much. Basically, one of us took something of interest, described it to the other, then they took their shot.
Where can we see your films and do you have any upcoming projects you can share with our Lomography community?
As I mentioned, I’m currently working on a body of video works that I’m pitching to my gallery in London, PayneShurvell, in London. Right now the new works are based in rotoscoping. A technique where live footage is traced, drawn by hand, then the footage is removed and only the animated drawings are left. It is called 1975 and is based on that year in my life. Very reflective. I’ve also got a single channel film titled winter’s end which is screening in India at the end of the month. It has been screening worldwide for over a year now.
And lastly, what advice do you have for anyone who is picking up the LOMO LC-A+ for the first time?
Keep an eye on the distance setting. Don’t angle your camera too much, especially close up, or your framing will be off. Have fun!
For more information on Wrik, check out his website