From Manila to Winnipeg, Gelagoo's LomoDiary

2013-03-01 6

Aside from bringing her passion to film photography, Lomography has played many other parts in this month’s featured LomoDiary.

From finding love, to connecting with famous people, to making friends, and to even giving her a warm feel of home, Angela or mostly known as gelagoo in this Community has kept Lomography along her journeys in life.

She have also captured thousands of stunning analogue photographs and have also made several friends from our Community. I tell you, this LomoHome surely has a story to tell! So come on and read this month’s LomoDiary.

Credits: gelagoo

Name: Angela Solis
Lomography Username: gelagoo
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Number of years as a Lomographer: 6 years
Number of years in the Community: 6 years

Kindly relate to us any memorable experience; whether happy or sad, you’ve had in relation to Lomography.

Lomography has been a great venue for me to meet new people and friends. In 2008, my two-month vacation in the Philippines was graced by the company of two friends who shoot Lomo, as well as meeting stitch and middlegrey (from Flickr) from LomoManila.

Credits: gelagoo

My boyfriend malthusiantrap started his brief Lomography journey while he was still in Manila. So there was no surprise when he moved to Canada and we found each other through Lomography. Because he used to attend photo walks, I eventually got the chance to talk online with his film friends, like janey_mcfly, Mike, and the very famous icuresick. Although my boyfriend’s “Lomo off” now, he has been supportive with my interests in Lomography, accompanying me to the Lomography Gallery Store in Toronto whenever I fly to visit him.

Credits: gelagoo

Tell us a story in which Lomography or the Lomographic Community has been a great part of. We’ll be glad to hear it.

Sometime in 2008, a famous Filipino band had a show in Canada. To cut the long story short, one of the members shoots Lomo and recognized my LC-A! It was an interesting experience.

What are the emotions that best explain this story you have? What are your thoughts about it?

It goes to show that Lomography, and photography in general, is for everybody. It’s a tool and a form of expression that one can use to visually describe how he or she sees the world, and that’s what I’ve been doing now.

The band “Parokya ni Edgar” who is very famous in the Philippines.

If ever this experience did not occur in your life, what kind of person are you right now? Are you not the same person without this experience?

Whether I’ve met my boyfriend, or talked to that particular band in person, I would still be shooting. The inspiration that I should have been deriving from them won’t be there, but I would still be inspired and driven nonetheless.

Any future plans you have that you will let Lomography play a part?

I always make it a point to have a film camera with me whenever I travel. Last year, I went to Niagara Falls with my Yashica-A and my boyfriend’s Leica M2 and Canon Sureshot WP-1 waterproof camera. Then to New York City with my Instax Wide 200. This year, the goal is somewhere in Asia with my friend whynotwinnipeg so I am really excited!

Credits: gelagoo

Eventually I plan to have another exhibit, but it is still in its planning stage. Probably in the next 3-5 years or so. :) And shoot more star trails on film!

Take a look at Angela’s personal gallery from her LomoDiary!

Credits: gelagoo

This photo was taken with the LC-A on my first trip back to Quezon City, Philippines, where majority of my friends live. It’s one of those images that I hold close because I love QC. This also happens to be the start of my love affair with xpro’ed film. :)

Credits: gelagoo

My friend and I had a random trip to La Mesa Ecopark (Philippines) and this is one of the few shots I’ve made. I love Digiprint! We don’t have a similar service here in Canada which is disappointing.

[Note: Digiprint is a photo service company in the Philippines.]

Credits: gelagoo

In 2009, I briefly stayed in Edmonton, Alberta to pursue my initial plan of being part of the academe. At that time I only have a handful of friends in that city, but photography kept me sane while I was away from home. I started getting more into film photography and became open to the possibilities out there. I tried rolling my first redscale film and this is how it turned out.

Credits: gelagoo

I had a great pleasure working with a good Twitter/Lomo friend of mine, izadrazi aka theanalogdork on Twitter. We had troubles on our first two attempts of shooting doubles, but eventually the film gods blessed us (probably because of our determination.) Here’s one of the shots made from our Canada x Singapore film swap.

Credits: gelagoo

As mentioned earlier, I make sure that I bring a film camera with me wherever I go. Last year, I decided to spend a week in Toronto as part of my very brief summer holiday. There was a discussion between me and my boyfriend whether it is appropriate for me to bring my TLR because I will be taking the plane; hence I have to consider its weight (this kind of ‘talk’ happens a lot, since we both shoot film ha ha!) Eventually he caved in and I brought my Yashica-A with me. I thought it was a great experience because my shooting style changed as I took more time composing and shooting (as opposed to my “Don’t think, just shoot” behavior when I take photos in Toronto.) This is one of the favourite photos I’ve taken last year, maybe one of my favourite ones out of all I’ve taken in the past years.

Got a story to share? How important is Lomography in your life? Your story might just be perfect for our LomoDiary so head on and give me a line at mayee.gonzales@lomography.com!

written by mayeemayee on 2013-03-01 #lifestyle

6 Comments

  1. mayeemayee
    mayeemayee ·

    Hi @gelagoo! Thank you so much for this interview!

    A huge shout-out goes to @stitch, @malthusiantrap, @janey_mcfly, @icuresick, @whynotwinnipeg, and @izadrazi :)

  2. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    @gelagoo kelan ang analog prenup shoot nuo ni Kelvin?

  3. gelagoo
    gelagoo ·

    Thanks @mayeemayee ;)

  4. gelagoo
    gelagoo ·

    @icuresick Cusi Shack, wala pa! He he. Pupuntahan mo kami dito? :P

  5. whynotwinnipeg
    whynotwinnipeg ·

    thumbs up, @gelagoo and Thanks for mentioning, @mayeemayee!

  6. janey_mcfly
    janey_mcfly ·

    ;)

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