For newcomer Aurélie Raidron, shooting on film is a welcome break from the almost perfect image-rendering of digital devices. She makes the most out of the blurs, grains, and "happy accidents" inherent to analogue photography and incorporates them to create hauntingly beautiful photographs.
Name: Aurélie Raidron
Location: Lyon, France
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
The more I tell about myself, the less I recognize myself in what I tell. Thirty-five. Singer and singing teacher. Photographer and photography teacher. Doing my best not to undergo a wrongly chosen life. Searching silence as an answer to the overwhelming questions that knock on my brain, and prefer drones as a path. Greed for knowledge and experimentation. A dog and cat mother, passionate lover.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
When I started analog photography, about one year ago, I needed to compare films, and the samples shown on Lomography's shop were eloquent enough to help. Being alone with all that grain, blurry pictures, and exciting dirt convinced me to finally join.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
The 5th and the 10th. "Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible" and "Don’t worry about any rules".
Whether I shoot portraits, genitals, dead plants, or even nothingness, I always need to believe I'm able to merge with what I focus on. At the very point at which everything becomes suspended, it goes beyond vision.
In this digital age, why still film?
I started photography about six years ago and I've always worked with digital. I decided to practice analog photography last year. Whatever I try, I always end up feeding my obsessions with dirty black and white pictures, uneasy to date for the viewer. It's all about quest. It's all about the control you get and pushing it to its limits. This last one makes me crazy and I'm deeply dependent to it. The more I was efficient as a digital photographer, the less I was satisfied, because the obsession of perfection polluted me. Enough was never enough. I needed to let go. Analog has been the key, I guess.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
Even if I use (or used to use) many of them (Instamatic, Kiev II, Zenit 3M...), I always come back to my first love when shooting is fundamental in my approach. My boyfriend used to lend me his Pentacon Six to help me start and I still use it today. I love also using Mamiya RB67--hand held--for outdoor shootings, even if it's completely uncomfortable and heavy. I love its mechanism and its shutter sound is thrilling.
I use Pentacon Six with its bellow because the macro pictures they offer together suit perfectly the vision of silence I have. I'm also in love with my Zenit 3M for two reasons. The first reason is that it's a gift from my boyfriend (who is also a gift himself), and the second one is that Russian cameras get an aura, a strength, a look--let's be honest--that no other cameras have. And a smell. Important detail. The smell.
What is the Lomography camera you’d want to have someday?
Oh my. LC-Wide and Fuji GW690 III. LC-Wide for floating images, GW690 III for precise ones.
Any song, book, or movie you live by?
Music: Anything from Eliane Radigue (Jetsun Mila on top.). Her use of drones haunt me and translates perfectly the grey sounds I try to breathe in my images.
Books: The one I'm about to read.
Movie: Anything from Guy Maddin.
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
I'd definitely choose this one. Because all the effects are completely unpredictable. Even if I'd gather all the settings chosen for that portrait once again, the result would probably be different. I asked my model Elise Wood (If I had to say who my muse is, her name would immediately come to mind.) to stay behind the windows of a greenhouse and only to close her eyes. When I developed it, I realized I had a problem with the tape at the end of the film roll and an exposure phenomenon I wasn't able to explain correctly. The result is like a memory of a nightmare too ancient to be remembered.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
I wish I could have discovered and explored the community before. For the moment, my favorite one is @chulipaquin. We have that obsession with nude in common (I have worked on faceless nude piles.). I really love her frontal vision of the nude body. It's never exaggeratedly gracious or overplayed. Her nude women are raw, true. They are strongly present in the frame.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
Sharing. Discovering. Enjoying drones and white noise.
Thank you Aurélie Raidron (@iheardrones) for sharing your thoughts with us! Welcome to the community and we're looking forward to seeing more of your work!