Our featured lomographer is a doll maker from Romania who takes inspiration from fairy tales and dreams. Get to know Oana, or @melanispixe in the Lomography community, in this Newcomer of the Week interview.
Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
I am 28-year-old doll maker living in Cluj-Napoca. It’s a pretty, quiet town near the mountains. Every day, I go in my little shop and work on my dolls, which are all characters in a dreamland I imagined.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I heard about Lomography from a friend, longtime lomographer @systemdevice. He was really excited about the community and saw some pictures I took and advised me to start a profile. I've been hooked ever since.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
I live by Rule #6 (Don’t think). I like to see where life takes me without overthinking things, planning, analyzing. I really do believe that life can be “a fairy-tale unraveling itself to you” if you look at it the right way. And what better way to capture that than on film?
In this digital age, why still film?
I believe film captures that spectacular feeling that a digital photo could never do. It has the element of surprise, it makes you eager, it takes you to places you didn’t even imagine. It’s taking a chance, in a way, placing a creative bet of some sort: that one shot – all or nothing.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
I have this really old Zenit, the first model from 1952, which used to be my grandpa’s. It was broken, so I had it fixed and updated with a Helios 44 lens. So it’s sort of a hybrid now, but I love that old feel to it, the heaviness, the fact that my grandpa used to take photos with this camera. It’s more of a sentimental favorite.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
Lomo LC-Wide Camera
Any song, book, or movie you live by?
I can’t really pick just one, but I am a sucker for all things whimsical and fantastic. Fairies, magic, witches, you name it.
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
Takes you to a place of comfort, that sweet slumber. Reminds me of all those naps I refused to take as a kid, that I now long for.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
He approaches the most interesting themes, and his photos unfold the most amazing stories. I especially like the album, Seeking the Light
I just think he is that passionate photographer that inspires you to take more shots, and I admire his technique a whole lot.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
Well, mostly I look forward to discovering more amazing fellow lomographers, I barely scratched the surface. I look forward to getting inspired by more awesome photos.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Oana! Welcome to the Community and we're looking forward to seeing more of your work!