Since May 2012, avola has been part of the Lomographic community and she is still overpowered by its cordiality. A Diana F+ that was the bonus for a magazine Interview got it all started. This brought back the passion and guided her back on the analogue path. We don’t want to miss Sabine in our circle and it’s about time to introduce this lady from Berlin.
NAME: Sabine Simon
Hello Sabine! Please tell us something about yourself.
My name is Sabine, I live in Berlin and love this city. I studied History of Art and German Philology, earning my money somewhere else in the meantime, but I am still passionate about Art and Photography. In Berlin there are so many great places specializing in Photography, Galleries and in Museums, like the Newton Museum and the Alfred-Erhardt-Siftung, just to name some.
You are known in the community as avola. How did that come to be?
I am very fond of a grape variety, a vine which I like, the Sicilian Nero d’Avola.
How long have you been part of the community and how did you come along?
I uploaded my first album in May 2012, I just received a Diana F+ as a bonus for a subscription of the newly launched magazine Interview. I saw the camera and all of a sudden everything was back again: the first Russian Lomo my brother bought in the nineties, I remembered the Lubitel, which I bought years ago in Hungary and how thrilled I was at that time, but I didn’t follow up on that matter those days, and so on. With the first developed film I was passionately hooked and now I am back at my analogue roots.
Are there Lomographs that inspired you?
I wouldn’t say inspire, but there are friends whose pictures I adore, kangiha, bkspicture, gocchin, hodachrome, lazybuddha, ohlordy, gauthierdumonde, megalithicmatt and a lot more. There is (almost) nothing more thrilling, as to discover new ones and the friendly exchange that follows, but I am more driven by my own curiosity and my own imaginations my inner aesthetical divining rod and the wish to learn and to know more to handle my cameras and get closer to achieve my imagination.
How big is your camera collection and do you have a analogue favorite?
30 plus. It’s alternating. the Diana F+ and the Holga as Lo-Fi–cameras and I love my old Praktica LTL, but I a very fond of the Russians, let alone the weight, the Kiev 60 and the Zenit are just great!
May we ask you for a selection of your favorite pictures from this year?
Which camera is your latest acquisition? And which one might follow this year?
A Voigtländer Bessa, unfortunately I hadn’t time yet to try this one out. I just try to make a break at the moment, but I’d love to have a Yashica-Mat.
You are living in Berlin. Are there any secret spots far from touristy paths which you would like to recommend to us Lomographers?
I am sorry. Basically I would recommend to notice everything you are passing by. There is always something that pops up or is sticking out. That’s the reason why the sites in my albums are often alike. Sure, an exquisite place, a building, or a great landscape are always worth to be taken as a subject. But I think that dealing with the familiar places there is a lot of potential for your imagination. Places which are about to vanish are most appealing for me, that’s why I love to photograph construction or demolition sites. Of cause those are places I can’t name or recommend. Take your own neighborhood, your way to work, or to an appointment in the evening and always have at least one loaded camera with you.
Last not least you may speak out something to the community what you always wanted to say.
I am still overpowered with the cordiality of the contacts, the friendships, the exchange and the support from the community.