For this new series, I’m looking for scientist lomographers in the community. I’ll try to let you get to know them better through a series of interviews and their favorite photos.
Name: Virginia Pérez
Occupation: BSc in Bioligal Sciences. I currently work for a private company for the conservation of stem cells from umbilical cords. They’re an alternative to bone marrow transplant for the treatment of serious illnesses in pediatric patients or low weight adults.
How did you start in science? Did you know as a child that your place was in the lab?
Let me tell you a bit about me. I knew that I wanted to be a biologist since I was four. Yes, you might think I was too young to know but I was amazed one day watching TV with my parents. There was a girl studying animals and when they displayed her profession I asked my parents what it meant. They told me she was a zoologist. Seconds later I turned and told them seriously: “I want to be a zoologist”. My dad answered: “Well, then you want to be a biologist” and I said: “That’s it, biologist!” And many years later that’s what I did, becoming a mad scientist.
Tell us about your daily life. Have you ever taken your cameras to school or to your workplace?
I don’t have photos from work, as we don’t have a lab here, but I’ve taken a pic where I show my divided heart. It means that there are two kinds of biologists: “lab coats” and “boots”. “Lab coats” work in the branches of biotechnology, health, genetics, neurobiology… and they spend more time at the lab. On the other hand, “boots” work in zoology, environment and botanics. They normally spend more time doing field work, although they also do some lab work. My heart belongs to both branches, I love the lab coat and the boots. I collaborated during five years with an arachnology group, with its field and lab work time, so now I love spiders!
Have you dared to do some crazy experiment with your cameras and films inspired by a topic you have worked on?
As a good researcher I love making crazy experiments. The latest that came to my mind was soaking with wine a 200 ISO roll. But don’t you think it was any kind of wine! It was a very old and sour Rioja that I found at home. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to try and I’ve seen some great pics from other lomographers. I still don’t have the results, as the roll is still loaded unfinished in my Nikon, but I’ll leave you with photos from the process!
I’ll show you the pics as soon as I get them developed!
What about you? Are you a LomoScientist in hiding? Contact me and introduce yourself to the rest of the community!