My Friend Stouf

2010-04-20 48

For our latest “My Friend” feature, Eggzakly introduces us to Stouf, who reveals the funny story behind his username, and tells us the first time he discovered Lomography. Read on for the full story!

Please introduce yourself.
My name in real life is Stéphane (like vicuna and almost like mephisto19). I was born in 1980 in Athens – Greece, from a French mother and a Greek father, hence the mess in my mind, a pronounced taste for wine and cheese and an overwhelming amount of chest fur. About 5 years after we moved to Paris, where I grew up. I have lived in Canada for 4 years now, where I struggle with a PhD in Oceanography.

I have been dying to know this: what exactly is a stouf, and what colour is it?
Ahaha… stouf is just a nickname that my school friends gave me to shorten Stéphane and also to make fun of my abundant hair sticking out in a tuft, ‘une touffe’ in French. And if I was a colour it would definitely be blue. But I’m not a smurf (‘schtroumpf’ in French)!

How did you stumble onto Lomography and why do you choose to go analogue?
Mmm where to start… I initially wanted to be an underwater photographer, and in this field, David Doubilet is my idol. So I bought a Nikonos V, and then discovered the Velvia 50 and film scanners. I was around 16… Then, during a Christmas trip to New-York with my brother (who taught me the basics of photography) I fell on a Holga at the shop of a photography museum. I just thought: with bigger film I could make nicer shots, and this plastic thing is so cheap that I could put it underwater without fear! Back at our hotel, I opened the Holga box and discovered the lomographic community in the book ‘HOLGA – The world through a plastic lens’… And it was a shock. Especially the 70mm shots from Adam Scott. I just thought: “I wanna be part of this, these people seem to like badly exposed, blurry shots full of lens flares, as much as I like them!”… And it started like this…
And why analogue? Because film produces images that are closer to memories, a bit blurry, with a soft focus and with colors shifted by personality.

Have you ever experienced a moment of perfect photographic clarity? Tell us when, where, and why – and show us!
Well it’s precisely what I was talking about, my first Holga underwater shots (with an ewa-marine housing), and the best model ever: Emilio, my oldest friend who is also a dancer and always had a great sense of what to do in the water in front of my lens. That summer he had these dreadlocks, we were at the beach with the clearest waters I’ve ever seen, and we played together in the water (between Greek men)… Then came this moment where I could feel time stop, I knew the shot was going to be good, I just felt it.

Credits: stouf

Name your favourite thing in this world. Name your least favourite thing.
My favourite thing would be the ability of human being to create; my least favourite would be its ability to destroy… Particularly to destroy Mother Nature.

*You have had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places. Which was the most meaningful to you, and why? Is there a place (real or fictional) you would especially like to visit in the future? *
Well, no surprise, going to the Arctic was my best trip ever so far. I met great friends there (rater and androfun and many others), but most important I met the love of my life. She’s the best! I love you E.H.S.! And I’d really like to go to Easter Island and to the moon too.

Do you remember the first ever photo you took? Tell us about it! (And if you still have it – show us!)
This is one of my first shots. Sunbeams in the water are somehow hypnotizing…

Credits: stouf

If you HAD to choose, which would it be? (Answer as quickly as possible, without thinking!)
Muppets or Sesame Street?

Muppets ! (especially Gonzo)

Provia or Velvia?
Velvia !

Day or night?
Night !

Purple or yellow?
Purple !

Chocolate or ice cream?
Chocolate !

Thank you so much for being such a good sport, stouf! I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time now, and it’s great to learn a little more about the person behind the lomographs. And I LOVE the gallery!!

- Simone/Eggzakly

Visit their LomoHomes:
http://lomography.com/homes/eggzakly
http://lomography.com/homes/stouf

written by shhquiet on 2010-04-20 #news #interview #my-friend #holga

48 Comments

  1. rater
    rater ·

    Ahaha, hermano! Great blog post! Though I have to do an aclaration my friend stouf, we met way before we went to the Arctic!

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Here it is !!! I'm so happy ! Thanks again eggzakly for this, I'm so proud such a great lomographer chose me for this... I'm such a fan of yours...
    @rater: You right hermano, but it's really in our small cabin that we became very close... ; )

  3. emilios
    emilios ·

    Ela megale!! Bravo! Tha sou steilw DUO mprizoles!!!

  4. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

    great ! :)

  5. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    haha - why didn't i ever think of interviewing you @stouf! :) great interview eggzakly.

    wow - didn't realize that good lomographers should be named stephan. :)

  6. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    stouf, one of my fave lomographers! one of the top IMO =D

  7. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    applauds, stouf and and shhquiet :)

  8. stouf
    stouf ·

    @emilios: Xhaxhaxha, min xexhasis to tsipouro !
    @novakmisi: Thanks !!!
    @panelomo: 8D Funny coincidence it is...
    @cinzinc: Thanks my friend !!!
    @breakphreak: I know it's confusing, but eggzakly did this interview.

  9. nural
    nural ·

    wow what an amazing interview!!!!

  10. coca
    coca ·

    great interview!!! i'm a big fan of Stouf, fantastic lomographer :)

  11. boredbone
    boredbone ·

    great article. it's nice to get to know more about you stouf

  12. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    excellent stouf ! great interview :D

  13. cyan-shine
    cyan-shine ·

    Pou einai o Master, oeo? Stouf is my idol and I am so proud to share half-Greekosity with him ;) Great interview, absolutely fantastic read :D :D :D All hail Stouf The Master !

  14. disdis
    disdis ·

    Viva stouf! Vivan sus fotos! and Viva this interview! Absolutely necessary. How is it that there was no My friend post of Stouf yet? Thank you eggzakly and congrats for the post!

  15. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Congrats Stouf !!!
    I want to say something: From years ago, qhen LSI published a location, tipster, ... from me, Stouf is ALWAYS with a nice comment in it ...
    I´m so happy when Stouf comment my articles and photos !!!

  16. stouf
    stouf ·

    Hoooo I'm blushing... Thanks for all the lovely comments my friends... You are making me so happy !!! I would like to hug you all...

  17. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    What a wonderful read, I've always loved the dread shot, congrats Stéphan ( panelemo's comment is so funny) Your underwater shots make my heart bleed for the coast, just amazing.

  18. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    @eggzakly: applauds to you, friend, sorry for confusion (thanks for the correction, @stouf)

  19. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Stouf is truly a man among men and an amazing contributor to the lomographic community.

  20. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Great interview! Two Great lomographers! :)

  21. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    great!

  22. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    i love your underwater snap dude...

  23. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    great interview for a great lomographer!! Go Stouf, go!!! :)))

  24. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    And you're the one who made me want a Nikonos V and now I have it and love this cam and underwater shooting!! :)

  25. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Hourra for stouf ! One of the best locations contributors, one - I should say - the - best lomofriend to comment one's location, one of the most inventive lomographer, and not the last one to propose tricks and photography advices, hurrah and congrat for you, Stéphane, aka stouf !

  26. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    And a wonderful photographer, too !

  27. dogma
    dogma ·

    Fantastic interview! congrats! :)

  28. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    really a great interview! very good questions and answers!

  29. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    oh, I like it so much!

  30. adamscott
    adamscott ·

    glad the holga book got you inspired! that was the aim :)

  31. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    I was really waiting for this interview...and it doesn't disappoint my expectations...he is a great lomofriend and his comments are never obvious

  32. zoe191
    zoe191 ·

    nice interview :)

  33. stouf
    stouf ·

    Ho my ! I just woke up, I am still sleepy... Getting such nice comments from such nice people is absolutely orgasmic. So thanks for the morning orgasm ! Lomolove everyone !

  34. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    great interview,broooo!! nice to licking you ;p ;p ;p

  35. stouf
    stouf ·

    8DDD Thank you lens-licker brooo !

  36. jamiewilliams
    jamiewilliams ·

    "Because film produces images that are closer to memories, a bit blurry, with a soft focus and with colors shifted by personality." Stouf best quote EVER!!! Have always admired u, loved learning more about u.....

  37. stouf
    stouf ·

    Hooo thanks a lot Jamie !

  38. milkie
    milkie ·

    Great! I love your pics!

  39. bravopires
    bravopires ·

    Very nice, Great stouf!

  40. satomi
    satomi ·

    Yeah! Stouf is the BEST!!!:D

  41. goldie
    goldie ·

    Great, Stouf - you rocks..........

  42. paramir
    paramir ·

    great interview eggzakly! :) stouf was my first friend here in lomography.com, and my first idol...

  43. stouf
    stouf ·

    Thanks all ! Lomolove !!!

  44. fabyen
    fabyen ·

    you well deserve all this lomolove stouf :)

  45. warning
    warning ·

    Great interview and great lomofriend!, Merci Stephan for show us your world!. Tania.

  46. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    stouf! the more I know about you the more I like you! :) and your underwater pitcs are some of my all time favs! bravo bravissimo!

  47. stouf
    stouf ·

    Thanks friends ! Grazie Aurelio !

  48. schlogoat
    schlogoat ·

    Great interview!

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