Josh Chen aka Saviorjosh is a full-time translator/interpreter by day and a passionate Lomographer by night. His love affair with Lomography began four years ago, and since then he has built a spectacular body of work.
Josh Chen (aka saviorjosh) is a full-time translator/interpreter by day and a passionate Lomographer by night. His love affair with Lomography began four years ago, and since then he has built a spectacular body of work. When it comes to capturing bold color-dripping imagery with an LC-A+ – from bullfighting arenas to modern cityscapes – there is no one more prolific than the one and only saviorjosh.
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REAL NAME Jianjun (Josh) Chen
Describe the LC-A+ in five words.
JC: I love it to death!
The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had.
JC: Lomo World Congress 2004 in Beijing. I happened to learn about the event just a couple of weeks before it happened. I was not an official participant because by the time I found it, registration was already closed. However, I managed to get into the great Lomo party in Ritan Park with the help of a friend and it opened up my eyes and my mind. My world was different ever since.
Your Amigo portfolio has a lot of amazing locations. Can you give us a rundown of where you traveled during the shoot?
JC: Thanks! I was offered the opportunity of being a Lomo Amigo in late March. I started to shoot a few rolls in Beijing in April and then I traveled to the US and Spain for a good part of May. So here is a rundown of the cities, quite a few actually: Beijing, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New York, Madrid and Barcelona.
If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be (song title & artist please)
- Santa Monica – Savage Garden
- Smooth Operator – Sade
- Separate Vacation – Stanley Huang and Rene Liu
We also see a lot of signs and corporate logos. Are you especially attracted to the graphics and typography?
JC: Yes. I am a big fan of creative signs and classic logos, which are great subjects for LC-A+. With my LC-A+ in my hand, I never get tired of shooting them, especially for double exposures.
If you could be anywhere, doing anything, right now, where would it be and what would you do?
JC: Travel to France, Italy, Greece and Prague with someone I love with a huge box of Lomo and Polaroid cameras and films!?
You’ve got a lot of killer multiple exposures. Any tips or tricks on how to get the best results from double and triple shots?
JC: I am very pleased you love them! Thanks. I have learned a lot from other lomographers at LSI (e.g. Maya Newman and Liad Cohen) about multiple exposure and would like to share a few.
- Tip 1: Set the ASA of the camera higher than that of the film to avoid overexposure.
- Tip 2: Try to shoot something simple without many details (e.g. letters, numbers, signs, logos, palm tree leaves? for at least one exposure.
- Tip 3: Use slide films for multiple exposure. Negative film does not work very well with this particular technique in my opinion.
What’s up with the mask? We love it!
JC: Haha. Well, I was asked to shoot something unique to Beijing and China for this feature. So naturally I thought of the historical monuments in Beijing like Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. But I was sure I did not want to shoot postcard-like pictures. So I thought of using a mask for Beijing opera performers on a friend while shooting these places. When I went to a shop to buy the mask, I came across this Monkey King mask. The Monkey King is a classic character in the Chinese novel The Journey to the West, which was later adapted into a popular TV series. Almost every child in China knows it well. I decided to take it immediately upon seeing it. However, things did not happen as I originally planned. I did not shoot much of the popular tourist attractions with the mask. Instead, I did a photo shoot with my friends. I equally enjoy the results though. As a matter of fact, I wish to continue shooting with the mask after the Lomo Amigo feature and develop it into a project. I am trying to shoot with various cameras.
The one person (living or deceased) who you would most like to photograph
JC: Savage Garden. Whoops, it’s a duet. I have to shoot both of them. But it’s been dissolved. What a pity!
Your advice to future LC-A+ shooters.
JC: LC-A+ provides a lot of new possibilities compared to the good old LC-A. Make full use of the various new features (e.g. MX button) and accessories (e.g. the Splitzer). Try different slide films and cross process and prepared to be surprised! To sum it up: just experiment and have fun!?