Agnes Lee's photographs touch what words cannot express. Hers are travel postcards that focus on the people rather than the views, telling a deeper story about the places she has visited. In this interview, our featured community newcomer opens up why she prefers to capture her travels on film.
Name: Agnes Lee
Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
I am a speechless and deaf woman and a mere salaried worker. I also study English and some foreign languages so I can communicate better. I don't have enough time for traveling. However, I travel and photograph on film at every opportunity. I have an ambition of being a leisurely traveler with my analog film cameras in the future.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I already knew what the Lomography community is but didn't join at once on the pretext of being busy.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
Well, I never thought I've been read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography. I won’t mind which rule to apply in my everyday life. Anyway, I always try to bring some Lomography camera and films in my everyday life.
In this digital age, why still film?
I’ve started shooting with a digital camera at first and tried film photography on the advice of a camera seller. Since then, I've fallen into shooting on film and tried self-developing and printing once.) I shoot digitally for more urgent things or whenever I want. However, I prefer to use film cameras on my traveling.
Why I love a film? Film photograph is more reliable than a digital one. For example, why people love the photographs of Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson or Robert Capa? They have something in common. You can say that a splendid photograph becomes meaningful when it formed from a relationship of trust between the photographer and the diverse viewers of the photograph. They know that the photographer developed and printed their own film based on the reality they saw. Therefore I believe some viewers love film because of its truthfulness and this is why I also love film.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
Although I mostly shoot with a Leica M3, I love to use various analog cameras. My favorite camera is Olympus μ-II which was a keepsake from my grandfather since 1999. It's very shabby but still remains very meaningful camera to me. I always have the camera whenever I'm traveling.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
I also like Lomo LC-A. I love the image within the vignetting.
Any song, book, or movie you live by?
Well, I cannot catch what the lyrics and I can hear only rhythm like tones of the piano. However, "Imagine" by John Lenon has been a moving song for me since I heard it in the movie Mr. Holland's Opus. I love neo-realism and Nouvelle Vague, visual senses that made a big impact on movies and the reason I love truthful photographs.
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
I didn't find a moving Lomograph yet, but I wanna share a favorite film picture that I took. It was hard to look at the stunning sight directly.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
I don’t have a favorite one yet. I always love their everyone's excellent.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
I am looking forward to absolutely stunning Lomographs that go beyond the imagination. Especially, double and multiple exposures or a deliberate exposure (light leaks), etc.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Agnes! Welcome to the community and we're looking forward to seeing more of your work!