Community newcomer D. C. Cavalleri has been shooting on film for 15 years. Here, he discusses the pull of analogue photography and what makes film a timeless medium.
Name: D. C. Cavalleri
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
I’m a poet, author and photographer. About a year ago I quit my full-time job in marketing to focus on writing and photography - I have not regretted the decision for a minute. It has brought me a life of adventure, purpose and most importantly of all: enjoyment.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I’ve been following the Lomographic movement for more than a decade (having begun my photographic journey on film in 2002), but had never felt inclined to share much of my film work until now. Why now? A good question; sometimes the time is right I suppose. After browsing the LomoHomes for a few days and finding a welcoming, supportive community it didn’t take long for me to sign up and begin making connections with other film photographers.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
Rule number 10 (Forget about any rules.) has not only been my photographic motto, but has been the mantra of my life for many years. Step off the beaten path, throw the rulebook out the window; living in such a manner almost guarantees that mistakes will be made, but regrets…now those will be few and far between.
In this digital age, why still film?
Film is timeless, its ethos inimitable and its process - I am quite convinced - is pure magic. As the world progresses more and more towards all things digital and the single-use mentality continues to permeate throughout entertainment and art, my appreciation for and fondness of film only grows. Out of my entire portfolio, the film frames are the ones I come back to - they have a physical form and in that sense they truly exist in the world, sitting happily on a negative that I can hold in my hands and experience. In that sense, they hold a gravitas that digital images cannot compete with. Film is the analogue antidote to the impermanence of our digital work.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
It has to be my Airesflex TLR. It’s certainly not the sharpest camera I’ve owned - nor the most versatile - but something about the authentic aesthetic of the frames keeps me coming back. It’s like a time machine, viewing today through yesteryear’s lens. It’s not often I’ll put a $75 custom focus matte in a $30 camera, but the Airesflex and its spherical bokeh charms (akin to the Petzval) has won me over.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
The LC-A has been on my wish list since 2005. I’ve purchased several Lomographic cameras since then but I never found the perfect LC-A at the times I was looking for one reason or another. Perhaps the Lomographic stars will align someday soon…
Any song, book, or movie you live by?
1984 by George Orwell. It is more applicable today than ever, and many of the themes of my own writing mirror those found in this classic.
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
This was from the first roll I ever put through a Lomo camera (Smena 7) and it was one of the only frames to come out. It’s not my best photo ever - the focus isn’t ideal and there’s light leaks all over the bottom…it was everything I had hoped. It was nothing like the photos coming out of my trusty Minolta X-9, and that was just fine with me.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting too many people in the community yet, so to preemptively answer the last question I am very much looking forward to getting to know other photographers! I will say that I have greatly enjoyed the fantastic portfolio of @marcomaestro, and often look forward to seeing what new work he has posted.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, @gradivis! Welcome to the community and we're looking forward to seeing your future work!