Lomographer @ajnguyen picks up photography as a hobby to take a break from the rigid rules of his job as a multidisciplinary designer. Here, our community newcomer from Saigon talks briefly about his passion for the analogue.
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
Hi, I’m aj - a multidisciplinary designer based in Saigon (HCMC). I am passionate about brand identity, print graphic, and web/interface design. While my work focuses on branding with rules, grids, and guidelines to keep a brand consistently appear and communicate to the world, I do photography for myself, which is free and unlimited.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
Just an ordinary day, I went to the internet to check for reviews of a new film roll, and I found the site. I was interested in photos and experiences that other members share about different types of film, camera, lens and more.
So I put some of my photos on the site, and receive “heart” from unknown fellow photographers, which is great.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
Actually, I just read the rules after I receive this question. And I feel myself in each of them, so I will go to the last rule – Don’t worry about any rules. Shoot what you like, it’s free and unlimited.
In this digital age, why still film?
The digital age is so fast, but I prefer to keep myself slow down, at least in my own time zone. Then, film photography helps me with that.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
Currently, I’m using two cameras: Nikon FM10 and Pen EE-S. Each of them gives me different feeling while shooting, and they are all great.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
I’m impressed with the Diana Mini. Nice looking, light weight, square to half-frame format – perfect for any trips.
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
This was taken by my friend. It captures a normal moment of life in a small alley of Saigon.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
It is great to be in the Community with the fellows. I’m looking forward to seeing more amazing photos and experiences from all over the places.
Thank you @ajnguyen for sharing your thoughts with us! Welcome to the Lomography community and we're looking forward to seeing more of your work!