Daniela admits that she’s still a newbie when it comes to photography but the positive feedback she’s receiving from the community motivates her to push harder and shoot more. Let’s get to know more about this dedicated lomographer from Stuttgart, Germany, fraumuellerdenktnach!
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
I am living in Stuttgart, Germany and I love doing creative things in various ways. However, I’m quite new to photography. I just started shooting in analog and I have shot six or seven [rolls of] film[s] so far, which means I am still at the very beginning. The Diana F+ was my first camera and I really love the look of its pictures. But somehow I have stopped working with it after the first two film rolls.
About three months ago, I started a blog as I wanted to have a motivation to draw and write more often and also to show some of my work. I posted a few of my lomographs there and I received a lot of positive feedback. Therefore, as I finally had some scanned photographs, I uploaded them in the Community to see what will happen.
And it was really amazing! I couldn’t believe the very warm welcome, positive feedback, and inspiration I got from other members. This made me really happy and I felt encouraged to start working again with my Diana F+ and additionally with a 1965 Zeiss Ikon Contaflex. I even bought an LC-A+ due to the wonderful pictures I have seen online. Now, I carry my LC-A+ with me on a daily basis and I can’t stop taking pictures. So my blog turned into a Lomography blog and I am quite neglecting writing and drawing at the moment.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
Some time ago, a very small Lomo shop opened up in my neighborhood. Until then, I only knew the more popular multi-lens cameras. The other cameras like the Diana F+ or the LC-A+ were completely new to me. I think I spent more than an hour in that shop and this very nice guy explained all the cameras to me. I was immediately infected by this principle of photography. I bought a Diana F+ and visited the Community for the first time.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
Rule # 1: Take your camera everywhere you go!
I bought an LC-A+ just for that reason. The Diana F+ with its flash is a bit bulky and the Zeiss Ikon Contaflex is quite heavy. Therefore, I chose to have a small handy one which I can carry with me at all times.
And I am always surprised when I pick up my prints from the lab, so I really stick to the Rules #8 and #9: You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film. Afterwards either!
In this digital age, why still film?
Because you’ll never know exactly what you are doing! On digital, everything is controllable and you can see the results immediately. In the analog world, you have to understand some things about your camera beforehand and you have to practice a bit to see how your camera works. But then you develop a feeling for it and working with it gets much more intuitive. Also, as not everything is predictable, luck plays a big role in producing these wonderful pictures that are really surprising sometimes.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
Definitely the LOMO LC-A+ as I just have it for a very short time. This camera produces wonderful colors and contrasts and it works with almost any lighting. The pictures are really clear due to the Minitar-1 lens. I also love the possibility of doing double exposures and working with the Splitzer.
What is the Lomography camera you’d want to have someday?
The Lubitel 166+ could be interesting as it looks quite experimental and I love the square format. But at the moment I want to stick with the three cameras that I am using. I think this is quite a good bundle for learning and improving. As soon as I am really familiar with them, I will have a full understanding of which features I need for my work and what I would like to do next.
Any song or movie you live by?
Maybe the film “Beginners” by Mike Mills. I really like the drawings and the creativity of it and I love the wonderful story. I guess everybody takes something else out of this movie, but I understood that it is important to do everything as if you would do it for the first time – without any expectations and perceptions. Just open up your eyes and your heart to really experience the moment that is coming up and then see what’s next.
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
There are two lomographs that I really love. The first one is from @dahan. I can’t believe how calm and beautiful it is. I would like to be able take such a picture myself!
The second one is from @lafilledeer: The atmosphere and spirit are wonderful. It seems to be a still from a French movie.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
There are many incredibly talented people in the community whom I have already met and I guess many, many more that I haven’t seen yet. But some of the first members I got to know and I really admire are @avola and @polka-.
Avola’s pictures are really beautiful, calm, and feathery. Polka-‘s are so colorful and full of contrast. Maybe polka-’s home was also one reason why I bought my LC-A+. I also like @bloomchen, @mafiosa and a lot of others.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
I am looking forward to getting to know more people who share the same passion, learning more about lomography, and finding inspiration from all the creative and experimental work.