Amanda Iargas is a Master student in Sociology in Brazil and she's researching about Lomography and its contemporary social relations all over the world. We'd love to invite the whole community to help her out by answering and sharing this questionnaire! We asked Amanda to briefly introduce herself and the project, and here's what she said.
"I could just say I'm a master student in Sociology, trying to understand the connections between Lomographers and the time, past and nostalgia, future and experimentation. But to be fair, maybe I'm trying to understand myself through the study of Lomography.
I started photographing with an amateur camera when I was a child, that time digital cameras weren't yet commercially produced. Later, I studied Journalism, the first class was Photography and I knew that very same day that I wanted to be a photographer for the rest of my life. Digital photography didn’t have the analog quality so I’ve learned professional photography amongst chemicals and red lights.
I quit a good government job in Brazil to follow my dreams, photographing for a cruise company somewhere in Mediterranean sea. People called me crazy, but living in a place that was actually nowhere, working and meeting people from all over the world was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Eventually, I came back to my country and my sister gave me a Diana F+. It sent me back in time to my childhood and my college time. After that, my interest in all kinds of photography just grew. There was this one time when I’ve gone around NYC photographing with five different cameras!
When I decided to return to school, no subject could make me more curious than Lomography. I’m in love with it, with this community and this world connection that I feel through images. It is a very unique experience!"
There is already one part of this study published. It was presented in VIII Seminário Nacional de Sociologia e Política, in a work group of Sociology of Image. The seminar is hosted by Universidade Federal do Paraná. You can read it here (in Portuguese only).
written by katphip on 2017-08-24