Lomography is something he knew he would want for a very long time. Just take his LomoHome’s name for an example which is, amusingly, a mix of film photography and his active life!
Coming from Portugal, this week’s LomoGuru is an educator, a bringer of culture, an agriculturist, a lover, and a Lomographer all rolled into one! Whew, talk about multi-tasking! And these activities just show in his bright and exciting analogue life. You know him and you would love to know more about this week’s LomoGuru, sprofishgel!
Name: Bruno Alexandre Oliveira Vitorino Luís
Lomography Username: sprofishgel
Location: Leiria, Portugal
Number of years as a Lomographer: 3
Number of years in the Community: 2
Tell us something about yourself… What do you do for a living? What are your main interests?
Well, I´m a 30 year-old nice guy who has a degree in History. In the last years I’ve been working with adult people teaching some classes for those who left school too early and went working. Also, I’ve been helping young girls and boys with their studies fpr national exams. At the moment I’m seeking for a new job (or jobs) around my area and for other nice businesses that I’ll find on my way.
Besides Lomography, I have some other main interests such as sports! I played handball for 13 years and I’m really missing those days. I also like bringing culture in our city. I belong to a cultural association named ECO and we are a bunch of nice (but serious) cool girls and boys who try to make this city more colourful and interesting. My latest passion is agriculture! As my father passed away this year, and as he left a nice space to cultivate, I started planting some things such as potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, zucchini, beans, lettuce, eggplant and so on. Every day I go to the garden to see that beautiful miracle of life. It´s very enriching!
Please tell us something about your LomoHome’s name.
I really didn’t know what name to put into my new character, my new home. When I chose the name I think I didn’t have either a Sprocket Rocket nor a Fisheye but those were the two cameras that I have always enjoyed and wished to have. So hence the name: Spro – Sprocket Rocket; Fish – Fisheye; and… Gel! This last one, Gel, was a nickname given by an old handball coach of mine when he saw the amount of hair gel I’ve been taking to training. After more than 10 years everybody knew me by my nickname. Even my mother used to call me Gel. So, if you want to surprise me at my hometown, I suggest you start searching for Gel!
Share to us your most memorable experience in the Lomographic Community.
My most memorable experience in the Lomographic Community… I think it was when I won the Portugal The Man and Lomography Present the Nature Competition. I remember I realized it when I was at work and I started getting euphoric! In the next days I thought “thank God it was the band who chose the winner, otherwise Lomography wouldn’t pick my photo… I think they don´t like me!” Hahaha! Kidding!
Have you actually met people in the Community that you now consider as close friends?
This has been anoother main achievement with all this Lomographic passion. I´ve met a lot of interesting persons such as zulupt, bongofury, pepper-b who have taught me a lot of things and surprised me a lot., and of course my girlfriend, lomollita.
Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?
What!? But of course! What else would I’ll be doing that could give such surprise and colour to my life?!
What is your favorite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences while using this camera?
It wasn´t my first acquisition but when I bought it, it really changed my way of taking pictures. It’s the LC-A+ RL, the Queen! The second time I went to Paris, I took my LC-A+ along and I felt like It gave me memorable pictures of that voyage. It’s like having a pretty nice story written, but with photos.
Another memorable experience with my LC-A+ is shooting some pictures of two dolls to be used in a concert — creating some kind of love/hate between them. Those images were being projected behind the band as they were playing live. Right now, I think my LC-A+ is broken. By chance anyone isn’t using theirs? I don´t mind if it’s dusty!
Please share your most favourite Lomographic photo that you took and explain why.
This is my favourite one! Firstly because it was taken with my favourite film, Fuji Provia 100. I love those blues! Secondly because I love the away I took that photo. I got out of work and went to the beach to relax and take some photos. And then I saw a lot of seagulls! I only had my LCA+ with me and my spirit of adventure. I tried to get closer to them, slowly, slowly, but they kept on running away. I tried some four times and for me it was enough! And I thought “what if I run towards them?" That was it! I prepared myself to run as fast as I could and in the right moment I had to stop really fast, steady the camera in my hand, and shoot pointing the bunch of seagulls flying. I did that! At that moment it didn’t cross my mind that the photo would turn out to be so interesting. It smells like freedom!
Please share a Lomograph you wish you took and explain why.
Do I have to explain, really ?! It’s art within confusion; it looks that hodachrome knows how to give beauty to everything, even to that which is rusty and abandoned.
What’s the best Lomographic or photography advice you think you have given?
“You´re too nervous. Smoke some weed and shoot.”
If there’s one song or movie that best describes your Lomo life, what is that and why?
“Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in The Sky. I can only see my Lomolife having some post-rock soundtrack along with it. It’s an awesome song that helps us keep in mind the need of discovering new subjects, new techniques, new approaches, new surprises, and a new hand in mine!
Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?
Don´t take drugs! And also, try everything you can, try everything you want with Lomography. Don’t be afraid to get it wrong. It may turn out well, or not. But remember this: Lomography sets you free!
Do you think you’re qualified as a LomoGuru? Got something to share in our Community? Then drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and you might become the next LomoGuru!