Traveling and taking photographs goes hand in hand. Ardent globetrotter Noé McCrae (@noafromdablock) started his journey across different countries as a means of self-discovery. An interest to document these travels comes naturally. So now, each place he visits is carefully composed into minimalist frames using disposable cameras.
Name: Noé McCrae
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
Four years ago I dropped out of university to try and find a passion. I thought traveling might help me find myself first in order to know what and who I wanted to be. Something worth studying for and maybe make a career out of. Four years later and I'm still at it. Traveling became the passion I was looking for but if you ask me where do I see myself in five years, one year, heck, even just a couple of month, well I wouldn't be able to give you an answer.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I've always loved my pictures but never knew what to do with them. I simply store the hard copies in a drawer and share some on Facebook. But a couple of weeks ago I met a great gal from Switzerland on a ferry from Iceland to the Faroe Islands to whom I showed some of them. She then told me about Lomography and I decided to join, share my pictures and be able to follow her. Her LomoHome is @bc-spicey.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
I would have to say the first one (Take your camera everywhere you go). Always get a disposable in the pocket. And when I forget I get frustrated, but then, I realized that it's not that important, life's better seen with our two eyes. As I only use disposable and I am on a tight budget I gotta say that I don't agree with some of the other rules even though I totally get that some of our most precious pictures are the ones we don't plan.
I once got stopped at the custom of the airport of Minsk and three people came and asked what my disposable cameras were. I tried to explain, all in vain. At last, I decided to demonstrate and took a picture of the woman searching my bag. Let me tell you that they did not like it a bit, so I would advise another approach to anyone in the same situation...
In this digital age, why still film?
This is an easy one. I don't think I'm a good photographer. I don't really see myself as one. And so disposable cameras are perfect because they are so easy to use. Digital ones make my head aches cause they usually have a sh*t load of options and then you have to sort them out and maybe work on them a little through Photoshop. It's just so much work. I never work on my picture for I want them to reflect a certain reality, Changing anything would break the whole idea of what photography means to me. I do love the brand Fujifilm, they always 'know' how to capture the colors just right. I used to have a Canon FX that I loved but it broke down recently.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
Haven't tried many kinds. I've always been pleased with my Canon FX. It looked awesome, was easy to use and I really enjoyed playing with the focus. (I guess these characteristics apply to many different analogue cameras. I'm not very difficult and easy to please). A friend of mine used a Rolleiflex for a while and the results were always incredible. Manipulating the camera was also a real treat!
What is the Lomography camera you’d want to have someday?
Lomo'Instant Wide or the LomoKino. Both seem like a lot of fun!
Any song or movie you live by?
Movies, books, songs, a whole bunch of them have followed me through parts of my life but I don't reckon I've lived by any. The author Larry McMurtry has inspired me a lot with Lonesome Dove and Texasville. If I had to choose a movie right now, it would be Dogma. An artist I can't get enough of: J Cole, a caring, devoted and extremely talented rapper.
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why is this your favorite?
I loved his one as soon as I saw it. It looks so peaceful and quiet with the light playing on the bird's feathers and the calm look of the one in front when it must have been an actual kinda a noisy mess. I also love to take pictures of seagulls. No idea why but I guess it's the reason I related to that picture.
Any community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
I haven't had a whole lot of time since I joined the community so I can't say I followed many people's work. There's one particular album I liked from a guy nicknamed @tomiloveslomo. It's named Coney Island. Most pictures in there are showing people not paying attention and the outcome is awesome!
What are you looking forward to in our community?
To always see more great photographs, a daily treat to the eye! Also, I'm gonna develop three disposables cameras, that will hopefully translate the emotions I've felt during my time in Iceland and the Faroe Islands, the poesie and the rough beauty of these countries lost in the middle of a merciless ocean. I can't wait to share these with you all.
Thank you Noé! Welcome to the community and we're looking forward to seeing more of your photographs!