My Friend mochilis

2010-07-18 10

For this My Friend feature, I would like to introduce you to our fellow analog-lover, mochilis! Based in Zaragoza, Spain, this Lomographer is also a PhD student in Biochemistry! Who is he? Head on to find out how he started his analogue inkling!

Hey Rocio, quick introduction – who is mochilis?

My name is Rocío de Miguel, I am 26 years old and I am a PhD student in Biochemistry in Zaragoza, Spain. I love traveling and taking photos of whatever I find out there. When I’m not holding a camera in my hands I read or go to the cinema. I have a Twitter account (, but I don’t use it very much, so I prefer being contacted in my Lomohome!

There’s always an interesting story to every Lomographer – what would be your Lomo story?

My Lomo story starts with my analogue story. I’ve loved photography since I was a child – I even won a contest in primary school – and I’ve always been interested in new cameras, tricks or techniques. Years ago I read a nice article in a magazine about lomography but, as a student I couldn’t afford buying even a Supersampler. Then digital photography came to my life and I focused on understanding and “domesticating” my reflex camera. Two years ago, when I read (in the same magazine) a series of interviews with some lomographers and, like a flashback, I remembered those nice colorful cameras and started looking for them in shops and the internet. And that’s it!

What is the reason behind your Lomo name?

It’s one of the nicknames my boyfriend uses to call me… we should ask him why!

Why analog? Why not digital?

Back to my Lomo story… when I got my first digital camera I was happy because I could shoot and shoot and shoot… and then deciding what photos I liked most but I soon got bored. I started to think that my photos had lost their freshness and I hated everyone asking me to see or delete the photos of themselves that they didn’t like.

And, mainly, I like analog because every roll is full of surprises, you don’t know what’s going to come our when you get them developed and you can’t get this feeling with digital.

Can you tell about your best Lomo shot. What, where, and why this photo?

I think that it’s in my last roll, as I think I’m improving my double exposure technique. It’s a double with my boyfriend and a cloudy sky near my hometown, in the Pyrenees. Why? It was a warm spring day; relax after lunch and me willing to try new things with my Diana Mini.

If you were a Lomo camera, what would you be and why?

Definitely a Fisheye with my submarine case on! I like swimming and diving and seeing what other people don’t, (such as seeing in a wider angle than the rest!).

What is your Lomo style?

I’m spontaneous, I’m a follower of the “don’t think, shoot” rule and I love taking photos of my friends doing things like driving, working or walking on the street. But I must say that I’m slowly learning and finding my own technique, so now I think a bit more about light or composition.

The Lomography staff is reading this interview right now, and I’m sure they’ll be very interested in your suggestions – what else do you want to see in the “revamped” Lomography website? Your own lomowall in your lomohome, perhaps? Monthly free piggies? Anything! Remember… they are reading this right now.

Mmmh, I’d like that piggies lasted longer! Like this, I could save up a bit and think about what I really want to buy.

There’s a Lomo Legend that an unfound Lomo Genie Bottle is lying around the world somewhere out there. If you find this, you only get to choose three Lomo wishes – a Lomo camera that you currently do not own, any film of your choice, and your dream location. What camera? What film? And where in the world would you spend these Lomo wishes?

  • Lomo camera: LC-A, suuuuure!
  • Film: well, my LC-A would have its instant back, so it’d be any instant film
  • Dream location: I was thinking about Iceland but…maybe we could switch to New Zealand for a while.

Hold on, there’s a fourth wish – who among our fellow Lomographers would you like to collaborate with for this “wish project”, and why?

So many names… I’ve been watching neja’s work lately and I’m really amazed by her colorful (and meaningful) photos. She’s a traveler, just like me, so I think we could enjoy making some Iceland – New Zealand doubles!

Just for kicks – - Does your Mom know that you like smelling films and that you’re into Lomography?

Sure!! It’s just that she thinks I’m a bit crazy using toy-like plastic cameras! Anyway, she’s happy that I found a nice hobby and, as a proud mother she thinks I’m so talented… that cheers me up!

written by panelomo on 2010-07-18 #interview #lifestyle #mochilis #panelomo #my-friend


  1. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Great interview and pics! :)

  2. warning
    warning ·

    Well done!

  3. dyluzo
    dyluzo ·

    love it !

  4. dyluzo
    dyluzo ·

    love it !

  5. kvboyle
    kvboyle ·

    Lovely interview, lovely pictures, lovely lomographer

  6. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    +1 to @kvboyle comment !

  7. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    nice! :)

  8. mochilis
    mochilis ·

    Thanks everyone, specially @panelomo!!! I'm just back from my short holidays and found out the interview had been published... Glad you all like it :)

  9. mochilis
    mochilis ·

    Thanks everyone, specially @panelomo!!! I'm just back from my short holidays and found out the interview had been published... Glad you all like it :)

  10. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    great interview!!! really nice!

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