Hanna Varela, also known as @ponzi in the Lomography community, names the Lomo LC-A+ Russia Day as her favorite camera. We had a quick chat with her about her experience with the Lomo LC-A+ through all these years.
How did you get into photography?
My love for shooting film was born out of curiosity. I saw a photo in a magazine several years ago that was taken with a Lomography camera. From that moment I just knew I had to learn how to take film photographs.
Which subjects do you normally like to shoot?
I shoot a lot of random everyday things and multiple exposures. Recently I've been taking a lot of portraits, mostly in black and white.
How would you describe your photography style?
Eccentric. Fun. Occasionally monochrome.
Tell us more about why you do film photography.
That sweet delayed gratification and element of surprise when you get your films back from the lab is love. That extra caution you take when you shoot every single on of those 36 frames and getting exactly what you want without seeing a preview of the outcome makes a film photograph more meaningful to me.
Why is the Lomo LC-A your Lomography camera of choice?
It's fuss free and very easy to use. I always bring it when I travel. Most of my interesting photographs were snapped using the LC-A.
Can you share with us some of your favorite film photos? Any story behind them?
This was from one of the first few sets of doubles I ever did. this was in collaboration with lomographer, icuresick. Taken from the Singapore Art Museum and a flower market in Manila, Philippines.
Here is my first take on film souping. The recipe was laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, silica gel and a roll of Fuji Superia 400! I took it for a spin at an amusement park, unfortunately, the film was over cooked so this was one of the few decent shots that came out. You should try souping! Creates a great twist to your photographs.
We tagged along one Sunday with my dad for a round of golf. I thought it would be fun to bring a few masks and try out the Lomochrome Purple film in all that green.
This was from a short walk around Manila Bay. I was trying out a bunch of expired Fuji films and this one was one of my favorites.
My friend Yayie had this really fun swimsuit and I had this weird looking mask that went well with it so we decided to create a series of photos.
And of course this, from a series of silhouette doubles taken in Manila and Singapore with my awesome boyfriend feelux.
How was your experience using the LC-A camera? Any highlights and/or lowlights in your experience shooting?
Like I said its so easy to use and it creates wonderful surprises! The focusing can be a bit tricky but with more practice, you can get a hang of it. Take more double exposures! Bring a camera wherever you go!
Anything you'd like to say to your fellow Lomographers out there?
Stay broke, shoot film!