Community newcomer Jefte Lopez didn't chose to become a film photographer. He stumbled upon the joy of shooting analogue by accident, a happenstance that immediately evolved into a lifelong passion.
Name: Jefte Lopez
Location: United States of America. New York, Long Island.
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
I'm a Mexican immigrant living in the suburbs of New York. I love watching images from all over the world, finding beauty in things that perhaps some people take for granted. It's easy to fantasize then! I've always been kind of dreamy, kind of deep. Or at least that's what I was told by my 12th grade English teacher. I'm a total goofball, I'm a total impulsive person, and I never plan anything. Haha.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I'm sure a friend had mentioned something about a toy camera or something among those lines, and that's how I stumbled upon it. At the time I thought, this is interesting... It was only until recent, around April 2017, when I really started to fully shoot on film and experiment with some cameras, films, and ideas.
I immediately fell in love. I'm only scratching the surface.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
This question I want to say more than one answer! But truly for me I think it is: 'You don't have to know what you captured'
This truly really frees you up. I was doing gigs and freelance work all my life and that really bored me. I shot my first film roll on a secondary camera during a gig. I became very intrigued about film, it's so beautiful, and unconventionality feels so liberating!
In this digital age, why still film?
Once I understood how film worked and sorry for sounding ignorant, but I never quite did! I began a quest, unbeknownst to me, about learning, and expanding. Using what I have available to create. I come from a video background, I never thought about becoming a photographer it just happened.
Film really has taught me a lot, I'm not done with it!
What's your favorite analogue camera at the moment?
I'm in love with my Nikon F3, just a juggernaut. It never lets me down. I guess it also feels good holding such a fine piece of human engineering in your hands!
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
LC-A 120 for sure [wink wink]
Any song, book, or movie you live by?
"Who Let The Dogs Out", On the Origin of Species and Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift. Only one of those is true. You pick.
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why is this your favorite?
This image was captured with a Canon Rebel gii. I bought the camera on eBay and the seller was kind enough to gift me with an expired roll of film (200 ISO). I forgot the brand. My friend and I are having a beach day, the idea came to me. Honestly I didn't know if I had captured anything. But when I saw this, I felt like I had won the lotto. You can't get that feeling anywhere else...expect I guess winning the actual lotto. Haha.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
Ahhh I don't wanna answer this question. Nobody should be singled out. So many people from all over the world capturing each their own stories. It's truly wonderful! I'll tell you what, anybody that comes to my page and takes the time to look at my work. Be assured I will do the same! Community!
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
There's still more people I need to find! There's always new stuff to see.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Jefte! Welcome to the Community and we're looking forward to seeing more of your work!