Lomography Gallery Store Insights With Melanie aka Graefin of the Berlin Gallery

9

Curious to who holds the Lomography fort over in Berlin? It’s time for the community to meet and greet Melanie!

Have you always wondered who was that kind Lomographer who helped you out when you were in a jam in Berlin? Well, our Monthly Gallery Store Insights sets its sights to Germany as we ask Melanie or as some of you might know, graefin, a few questions!

Describe the Berlin shop in 5 words.

Colourful, friendly, large, the place to be and cozy

How did you get to start working for Lomography?

I am a Lomographic community member since 2003 and worked for Lomography at the Photokina 2008. Obviously the HQ liked what I was doing there and asked me in spring 2009 if I wanted to work for them. Because I was desperately looking for a job and couldn’t find one where I lived I took the chance.

What’s your favorite Lomo camera and why?

The LOMO LC-A because it’s handy and very easy to use. It just makes great pictures every time I use it. AND: Lubitel. I just loooove medium format and I always have the Lubitel (and the LC-A) with me.

How is the analogue photography scene here?

We see many people with cameras around their necks coming into the store. Some of them digital but most of them analogue. There are a lot of young people that simply love analogue photography. I think the scene is growing.

What’s in the store’s recurring playlist?

Oh we play Last.fm Radio all the time. Sometimes we use “Arctic monkeys” as a tag, or “groovy” depends on our mood. And because the people working in the store are music nerds they now play artists I’ve never heard of and when they put those into the Last.fm Radio we have a nice mixture of electronic-pop-groovy-retro-beats.

What’s the weirdest/most interesting experience you’ve had so far while in the shop?

The weirdest experience was when a guy came in wearing something that looked like a dress from Lappland. He told us that he was on a freedom walk for more than 20 years now and that we should support him with some money which he would use for himself (not for freedom…). And I told him: sorry we can’t give you the money. And he went out cursing and spitting on the floor outside.

And there are many people coming in that want to have pictures taken for a passport. We already decided to sell the next one who comes in with this inquiry an Actionsampler Flash because you get 4 pictures on one print. We would then call the camera: Passfoto-Maschine.

For a tourist in Berlin who’ll only stay for a day, what would you suggest for them to do and visit?

Definitely go to the Reichstag at night. You can go to the top and have a wonderful view across the city! Beautiful! Or climb the Siegessäule – also a wonderful view.

For you, what is Berlin’s best kept secret?

The real “Berliner”. Where are they?

Do you have any future or planned collaborations with other artists and outfits in mind?

We want to do some cool partyies at the store and have already made contact with some very cool DJ’s. Let’s see what happens.

What are the upcoming events that the Berlin store has for its loyal customers?

There will be the Bread & Butter party next week. On the 20th and on the 21st we will serve you the original Berlin Currywurst and make you dance to some good music played by DJ Heimlich Knüller. Besides there are always great workshops at the weekends: n the 23rd we have one about Film and on the 30th there is one about our lovely Lady Diana F+.

written by cruzron on 2010-01-29 #news #interview #berlin #embassy #graefin #germany #gallery-store

Bringing an iconic aesthetic to square format instant photography, the Diana Instant Square fills frames with strong, saturated colors and rich, moody vignetting. Built to let your inspiration run wild, our latest innovation features a Multiple Exposure Mode, a Bulb Mode for long exposures, a hot shoe adapter and so much more! It’s even compatible with all of the lenses created for the Diana F+ so that you can shake up your perspective anytime, anywhere. No two shots will ever be the same. Back us on Kickstarter now!

9 Comments

  1. dogma
    dogma ·

    Nice interview! Go Melanie!

  2. sushi_9009
    sushi_9009 ·

    All the best for you and the Shop !!! I am happy that lomography is near by me :)))) I hope i will find my way to some workshops...BTW: I am a "real" Berliner ;)

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Wish all the berlin lomographic crew all the best for 2010! And be assured that as soon as I travel back to Europe and Germany I'll make a visit to the store!! :)))

  4. beatboulette
    beatboulette ·

    A real Berliner is not from Berlin, they all moved to this city from outside. Only a hand full were really born in Berlin. So you are a real Berliner, too. ;)
    You have to look around "Warschauer Straße" to meet cool people. Go to East-Berlin and don't stay in Berlin-Mitte. It's too boring there... :D
    But greafin I really like you and your work! I think we'll meet us in a few weeks again.

  5. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    The real Berliner lives in Hamburg!

  6. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Sounds like an awesome place to work and as always graefin rocks.

  7. kazarareta
    kazarareta ·

    yay for the arctic monkeys!

  8. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Great one Mel!

  9. graefin
    graefin ·

    thanks for all the nice words!!

    @wil6ka: yeah true ;)
    @beatboulette: long time no see!

More Interesting Articles

  • Tales from the Quarter Life: Tyrone Williams

    2017-09-18 #people
    Tales from the Quarter Life: Tyrone Williams

    We gathered a pool of young photographers to give us their insights on photography, being its future, and other things in this interview series for Lomography's 25th anniversary. This time, we take a look at the portraiture style of Northampshire-based photographer Tyrone Williams.

  • Pictures That Shaped Lomography 2016

    2017-09-27 #culture
    Pictures That Shaped Lomography 2016

    Here are the pictures that shaped Lomography in 2016: a collage of special moments that give insight to humanity and its current condition in the contemporary times.

    1
  • Tales from the Quarter Life: Hailun Ma

    2017-08-22 #people
    Tales from the Quarter Life: Hailun Ma

    We gathered a pool of young photographers to give us their insights on photography, being its future, and other things in this interview series for Lomography's 25th anniversary. This time, we take a look at the portraiture style of New York-based photographer Hailun Ma.

  • Shop News

    Get the full Neptune Convertible Lens experience with the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System Deluxe Bundle!

    Get the full Neptune Convertible Lens experience with the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System Deluxe Bundle!

    Always have the right prime at the right time with the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System Deluxe Bundle! This package contains a Lens Base, four fantastic prime lenses - 15, 35, 50 and 80mm together with four filters to take your shots to the next level. This bundle is available for Nikon and Canon mounts!

  • Tales from the Quarter Life: Brendan Carroll

    2017-08-28 #people
    Tales from the Quarter Life: Brendan Carroll

    We gathered a pool of young photographers to give us their insights on photography, being its future, and other things in this interview series for Lomography's 25th anniversary. This time, we take a look at the street photography style of Chicago-based photographer Brendan Carroll.

  • Lomographers Throughout the Years: Grazie

    2017-09-14 #people
    Lomographers Throughout the Years: Grazie

    To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are honoring 25 of the most iconic Lomographers in the community. Today, we turn the spotlight to Graziella Ines, @grazie who has been part of the community since 2010. In this brief interview, she talks about how Lomography enabled her to meet fellow film shooters and encouraged her to stay creative.

    13
  • Tales from the Quarter Life: Julianne Popa

    2017-10-01 #people
    Tales from the Quarter Life: Julianne Popa

    We gathered a pool of young photographers to give us their insights on photography, being its future, and other things in this interview series for Lomography's 25th anniversary. This time, we take a look at the filmic nostalgia of Romanian, Barcelona-based photographer Julianne Popa.

  • Shop News

    Share your Lomo'Instant love with the new Lomo’Instant App

    Share your Lomo'Instant love with the new Lomo’Instant App

    Create funky stop-motion movies with your perfectly centered instant snaps and share upload them to your LomoHome, Instagram, Facebook and more with the new Lomo'Instant App!

  • 25 Years of Breaking the Rules: Photo Submissions!

    2017-10-31 #news
    25 Years of Breaking the Rules: Photo Submissions!

    Calling all analogue photography fanatics! Lomography UK are holding a special 25 year anniversary exhibition and we want to fill it with YOUR photos which will be exhibited in the Soho Store on Thurs 30th November. Find out how to submit your photos and be part of something great.

    2
  • Tales from the Quarter Life: Dia Takacsova

    2017-11-19 #people
    Tales from the Quarter Life: Dia Takacsova

    We gathered a pool of young photographers to give us their insights on photography, being its future, and other things in this interview series for Lomography's 25th anniversary. This time, we take a look at Dia Takacsova's pensive photographs of lands far away.

  • Photography Gifts for DIY Makers

    2018-01-03 #tutorials #videos
    Photography Gifts for DIY Makers

    Hold up! The holidays aren't over yet. Christmas spirit continues to live on through winter, so expect late meet-ups with families and friends.. and your photographer peers. If you've already gone bankrupt during the rush, well, a little improvisation might help.

  • Shop News

    Discover endless creative possibilities with the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System!

    Discover endless creative possibilities with the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System!

    This lightweight and compact Art Lens System is three prime lenses in one. Shoot with a fixed focal length of 35mm, 50mm or 80mm and experiment with a wide range of f/stops and special aperture plates to achieve countless creative styles. Available in Canon EF, Nikon F or Pentax K mount! Now available for regular purchase!

  • Top Photo Likers of August 2017

    2017-09-12 #news
    Top Photo Likers of August 2017

    Like a pat on the back, liking your fellow Lomographers' photos can go a long way. This simple gesture is sometimes enough to motivate them to continue shooting and improving. Meet this batch of Lomographers who eagerly spread the Lomo-love throughout the community one click at a time.

    3
  • Top Photo Likers of November 2017

    2017-12-09 #news
    Top Photo Likers of November 2017

    Like a pat on the back, liking your fellow Lomographers' photos can go a long way. This simple gesture is sometimes enough to motivate them to continue shooting and improving. Meet this batch of Lomographers who eagerly spread the Lomo-love throughout the community one click at a time.

    1
  • Top Photo Likers of October 2017

    2017-11-10 #news
    Top Photo Likers of October 2017

    Like a pat on the back, liking your fellow Lomographers' photos can go a long way. This simple gesture is sometimes enough to motivate them to continue shooting and improving. Meet this batch of Lomographers who eagerly spread the Lomo-love throughout the community one click at a time.

    3
  • Find Out More About