Graphic design student and amateur photographer Oulpiana Tsiatsiou is our newest Lomo Amigo. She was looking for a camera that would give a vintage look in her pictures and found it in the Lomo’Instant Wide!
Hi! Could you please introduce yourself to the community?
My name is Oulpiana Tsiatsiou but everyone calls me Pia. I am 20 years old and I am from Cyprus and Philippines. I am an amateur photographer and at the moment I am studying Graphic Design in Athens-Greece.
Could you tell us your story with photography?
It all started when I was in high school and I was capturing all the little simple things that excited me with my phone’s camera. Later, my step-father gave me a camera as a present because he and my mom knew that I really wanted a camera and I was saving money to buy one.Then I decided that I wanted a vintage touch in my pictures – a nostalgic atmosphere. So I searched for instant cameras,and when I saw the advertisement about the Lomo'Instant Wide, I said to myself, “This is the one!”
What were your first impressions of the Lomo’Instant Wide?
I got excited because it was what I expected! I have the white version. Beautiful design. So many features, which mean more creativity!
Could you tell us more about the shots you took?
I captured everything, from portraits and landscapes to more creative pictures, using the features that the Lomo’Instant Wide provides me. Like painting with light, using the close up lens, etc. At the moment I am using a lot of multiple exposures for more creative results.
Which kind of situations do you find the Lomo’Instant Wide most handy? And why do you choose to use this camera for shooting?
In all kinds of situations. I always carry the Lomo’Instant Wide with me because I really love capturing random stuff and moments! I just love it. I guess I am addicted to my Lomo’Instant Wide!
Any tips for other Lomo’Instant Wide photographers?
People who use instant cameras shouldn’t be afraid to use them. I take a lot of shots, sometimes the results are not exactly what I expected, but that’s how my cubist portrait was created. In the end there’s no “fail” shots. Everything can be creative with instant cameras.
What is the best feature of the camera?
The features that I like best are the interchangeable lenses, the remote control lens cap, and the Splitzer for multiple exposure.
Why do you love instant photography?
The reason why I love instant photography is the whole process, from shooting the image until it becomes visible. I like the curiosity it attracts, everybody gathers around, waiting for the result! For me that’s the whole point, beauty and meaning of instant cameras.
Any last words?
It’s all about living the moment … just like instant photography!
Follow her on her Instagram account !