Argentinian lomographer and featured community newcomer Kevin Lein first caught our attention with his poetic, triptych photographs. In this interview, he speaks out about his love for analogue photographs and shares a collection of stunning and well-thought-of images.
Name: Kevin Lein
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
I love reading, drawing, painting, and exercising. But above all things I like to learn from almost everything. Since I was a little boy I was quite observant and imaginative which led me to imagine myself as a detective with my very first camera, a soda-shape can with a 110 film. With this one I learned to capture the reality the way I perceived it and discovered the real meaning of composition. Over the years, I began developing more skills at a digital level, creating conceptual photography throughout digital manipulation. After a while I went back to analog photography, my first love.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I recently bought a Lomo LC-Wide camera and for some time I was already following the Community, but having my own Lomo encouraged me to participate on it. It's like I’m already officially part of the club.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
Yes, I have read them. I must admit that they have caught my attention from the beginning and was one of the reasons to buy my own Lomo. The rules that I keep in mind are #6 (Do not Think), #7 (Be fast), and #10 (Do not worry about the rules). Lately I have felt more inspired by "Do not think" things in general, so that is also reflected in my photos.
In this digital age, why still film?
Well, after a while in digital, the comparison with the analog is still very fresh, and I can say that it is comforting to be able to take photos with film: I learn to wait to see the results, therefore, my patience improves. I return more selective and observant with what I want to take photos, it is almost like meditating. And really the color, the nuances, and the grain that produces the film ... ussh, well it's just great.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
It is difficult to choose only one... but I could say that the Nikon FM2 (I call it “Femmedos”) because it is the one that has given me the most gratification, has never failed me, and I really feel it as an extension of myself. Although the LC-Wide has earned a place in my heart for sure.
What is the Lomography camera you’d want to have someday?
I would really like to try the LC-A 120. I have been wanting to take photos in medium format for some time and I think it would be a good addition to my small collection of cameras.
Any song, book, or movie you live by?
There is a book that has stuck with me. I read it long ago when I was 15 years old. It's called About a Boy by the author Nick Hornby and I learned from it that no one is an island and that the best you can do is to get involved with other people, get to know them, and get to know yourself in that way, too.
Another great story, which I read when I was even younger is The Hobbit by J. R. R.Tolkien. From that book, I learned to leave the place of comfort and get into new adventures because you don’t know where they’re going to take you, and that’s a good thing.
Share your current favorite lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
So far my favorite lomograph is this photo I took while visiting a cemetery. I saw this girl walking while playing the harmonica and when she stopped I asked her permission for a photo. A few days later I saw the picture developed and I realized the great potential of the camera and I really loved it.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
I really like what @maximum_b does. I find his photos very interesting and somehow in my eyes they leave a very pleasing feeling. They have a lot of style. On the other hand I also like what @fivedayforcast does. I really like the colorimetry he does on his photos and his compositions. Probably also the fact that I found myself reflected in some of his photos.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
I like to be able to learn from other photographers, their ways of thinking and doing, and being informed of what is new. But above all it does help me to be connected and inspired.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Kevin! Welcome to the community and we're looking forward to seeing more of your work!