Lomographers Throughout the Years: Neja


To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are honoring 25 of the most iconic Lomographers in the community. We did some catching up with Julija Svetlova, also known as Neja, who is celebrating her 15th year in Lomography!

Name: Julija Svetlova
Username: neja
Year when you joined Lomography: 2002

Self-portrait of @neja

Let's do a backtrack: How did you discover Lomography?

My friend Aleksandr Botkov told me about it. I lived in St Petersburg for a while and he was working on the early Lomography projects.

What was your first Lomography camera?

The classic LC-A, then Supersampler and Actionsampler, then Holga, then the rest of the family.

What's your fondest Lomography moment?

It's gotta be the International Lomography Congress in Beijing in 2004! There, I met so many cool cats, and also got the travel bug that never left me since.

What does Lomography mean to you?

It's such an ever-present part of my life!

Could you share some of your earliest Lomography shots?

Who were your Lomography friends back then?

So many! We were all such a tight-knit community! I always laugh that doesn't matter where to I travel, I would probably be able to find a Lomographer or two who lives there, be it Vitoria-Gasteiz in Basque country or Singapore.

What keeps you busy now?

I am busy multi-tasking and wearing many hats. I work freelance as a photographer, I give guided tours at Tate Modern and I am trying to complete my MA in History of Art with Photography.

What advice would you give new Lomographers?

Shoot a lot, buy lots of films, scan yourself!

Some of our favorite shots by Neja

Credits: neja

Visit her LomoHome to see more.

Have you submitted your shots yet? Help us create a global photography exhibition by sending us your top shots of your favorite places and signing up to construct your very own LomoWall. Keep an eye on the official 25 Years of Lomography site and make sure you’re following us on social media, too. From parties to exhibitions to giveaways and more, there are tons of festivities still to come!

2017-08-01 #people #25thanniversary #25yearsoflomography #lomographersthroughouttheyears


  1. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    gotta praise jul6ka! confetti blast :)

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Great lomographer @neja! :)

  3. disdis
    disdis ·

    A true master in al senses!

  4. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    Woohoo!! Lovely showcase!! @neja is such a world traveler..knows more abt getting Ard in my own country than me!! Lol 😁

  5. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    yes, a master . Congrats @neja ! :D

  6. martinpruv
    martinpruv ·

    @neja is an astonishing lomographer.

  7. neja
    neja ·

    @wil6ka @VICUNA @DISDIS @QUAISOIR @ADI_TOTP @MARTINPRUV thank you guys! I appreciate your positive vibes!

  8. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    She's The Lomo Lady! Lomolove a gogo!

  9. neja
    neja ·

    @disdis hehe decided to mention ur city as it's exotic sounding:))

  10. neja
    neja ·

    @superlighter grazie mille, amici!

  11. disdis
    disdis ·

    @neja 😄😘

  12. disdis
    disdis ·

    @neja 😄😘

  13. llcooldawe
    llcooldawe ·

    Congratulations @neja

  14. neja
    neja ·

    @llcooldawe thank you!

  15. lomodesbro
    lomodesbro ·

    You are an inspiration

  16. liaye
    liaye ·

    Congrats Neja, absolutely wonderful photographer!! ... and beside this i also admire your travel stories AND your landart works with tomatoes and flowers on your balcony!! ;)
    Keep on inspiring!! <3

  17. neja
    neja ·

    @liaye haha thank you so much, my tomotoes fairy God mother!

  18. neja
    neja ·

    @lomodesbro you are too kind! x

  19. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Congrats @neja , well deserved interview, you were on of my first inspirations in my early days as a Lomographer :) Rock on \m/ \m/

  20. naomac
    naomac ·

    One of my lomography favourites.

  21. neja
    neja ·

    @zulupt you are very kind! Lomo on :))

  22. neja
    neja ·

    @naomac thank you, thank you!

  23. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Congrats @neja!

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