Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Juha Rinkinen, aka fartstorm, is a man with truly quirky and funny ideas. His immense enthusiasm for analogue photography and his gallery filled with heartwarming and creative lomographs make him a perfect LomoGuru!
Name: Juha Rinkinen
Location: Toronto, Canada
Number of years as a Lomographer: 10
Number of years in the Community: 2.5
Tell us something about yourself.
I work in a hospital food service. I have musical tendencies. I sing and enjoy playing harmonica, guitar, fruity loops, and some percussion. I’m not very good, but I enjoy myself! I’m a cyclist and I own three bikes: a commuter/winter beater, a roadie, and a hard tail mountain bike.
Tell us something about your LomoHome’s name. Why did you decide to have that username?
What’s in a name? Believe it or not, I wasn’t given the name fartstorm. Ever heard of the “Be Sharps?” It is that kind of name that’s funny at first but then stops being so after a few times of hearing it. That’s what I wanted to have.
When I got interested in computer viruses, I stumbled upon this list of active virus names. One particularly dangerous polymorphic one is called “fartstorm” and I decided that this name was perfect for my brand of oddity. Since I already have a domain under this name, picking it for the lomography community seemed like a logical move. There was an element of self-sabotage to it as well. I never seek success for such a name like fartstorm. It can scare some people away from the get go.
Share with us your most memorable experience in the Lomography Community.
When I first discovered the community, the idea of doing a filmswap with another photographer was a new concept for me. The results of these swaps are, by far, the thing I am most excited about in the community. Thanks to metaluna, alburnkat and alienmeatsack for the fun times!
Have you actually met people in the Community that you now consider as close friends? If yes, name at least one of them.
My first and only meet-up was with alburnkat. Kat and her hubby came here to meet Kiddo and my wife for a photo walk. I look forward to seeing them again. A few other Canadians have approached me but the scheduling has so far been against us.
Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?
If there is a film in the camera, I will expose it. So five years from now, I predict more binders full of negative preservers.
What is your favorite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences using this camera?
My venerable Fisheye One has got to be the winner for this. Point, shoot, wind. Focus free, 170 degree field of view and a built in flash – it was a great camera to have with me in my travel to Finland a few years back.
Please share with us your favorite Lomographic shot and explain why you love that particular image.
This is tough one but I like this shot of Onion Church in Helsinki. Uspensky Cathedral is on the list of must visit tourist attractions in Finland and my wife and I went to see it. I got the sunlight reflecting off the “flames.” This greatly reminds me of that trip.
Please share a Lomograph you wish you had taken and explain why.
I’m not prone to wishing for things, but since I’ve never been to Hawaii, I wish I had taken this great photo by neanderthalis.
The fact it was taken with a Lubitel 166+ is a bonus since I hope to own that camera someday.
What’s the best Lomographic or photography advice you think you have given?
A friend of mine was shocked when I used a flash during a sunny day. I couldn’t escape the back light. Since then, my friends have become more conscious about their shots.
If there’s one song or movie that best describes your Lomo life, which one is it and why?
If there is one song, it got to be The Last Time by The Blind Boys Of Alabama.
Whenever I have a last roll of a particular emulsion, I always consider that I may never get a chance to shoot with it again. This song was playing for my last roll of Voightlander VChrome and has been in my head ever since.
As for a movie, it’s going to be Hard Core Logo. One last shot! ;-)
Is there any advice you can give to new analogue shooters?
Try new things and use your imagination. Enjoy the creative process and you can even do that with an empty camera. Results are sometimes truly beyond your control and will not be what you expected.