It is clear that printmaker Iefa Shamsir has an eye for design.
In this brief interview, we see how Iefa utilized the Lomo'Instant Wide to produce clean long exposure photos seemingly capturing more than one moment in a single frame.
- Name: Iefa Shamsir
- Lomohome: feylm
- Instagram: supersegak
- Tumblr: SuperSegak
- Country: Singapore
- Camera: Lomo'Instant Wide
How did you get into photography?
Probably in art school in 2002! I picked up a few film and instant cameras but had the most fun with a Holga. I didn't have to overthink and there were lenses and coloured flash to play with! I'm a printmaker and I enjoy careful tactile processes that allows room for surprises. It's kinda like that with film cameras.
Which topics do you normally like to shoot?
I can go out intending to take themed photos but always ending up with pictures of laughing friends and people talking. I thought it was a bit boring at first. At some point, I realised that that's what I like because I'm happiest when looking through those photos.
How would you describe your photography style?
I would say it's very spontaneous, free, honest and fun.
Why did you choose the Lomo'Instant Wide camera?
I've had a few instant cameras and was very drawn to the no-flash option of this camera. I don't know if people realise how precious this simple function is. It really was perfect for me. Multiple exposures, no flash, the 0.6m focus, lens cap/remote, and it's instant. I could control things without getting too technical. There was no question about it.
Can you share with us some of your photos taken with the Lomo'Instant Wide? Any story behind these photos?
I bring it out a lot even for short coffee sessions or hanging out on weekends. I'm always taking the camera out at random moments and will be gathering people for multiple exposure shots including giving instructions to move slightly. I have had many funny pictures from this.
I recently brought my camera to Paris and Berlin and played a lot more with the bulb mode. I progressed to make more calculated choices in settings and compositions and loved what came out of it. I got fun night shots and dreamy day shots too. One long-exposure shot turned out pretty ghostly and freaked us out a little.
How was the Lomo'Instant experience?
It's a little easy to press the shutter by accident if I forget to turn the camera off, so I try to be extra alert. But I LOVE the camera. I've become familiar with the kind of light that works and the ones that would require compensation and stillness. I can spot bulb mode opportunities now.
This camera can match whatever creative mood I am in.
Anything you'd like to say to your fellow Lomographers out there?
Well, I'm sharing an observation. My long exposures on the Lomo'Instant Wide works best at 8 secs. And you don't have to use all the buttons at the same time; like I greedily did months ago.