Adam Van Fossen's passion for film photography started 12 years ago during his high school photography class. Ever since then, he has continued practicing the craft and capturing the world in dreamlike photographs. Here, our featured community newcomer shares his thoughts on analogue photographs and some of his favorite images.
Name: Adam Van Fossen
Location: Denton, Texas
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
I am 26 years old living in Denton, Texas, and I'm nothing special. When it comes to photography I try to capture the world and the people in it in a dream-like quality. I love simplicity, I love atmosphere, I love surrealism, I love fantasy, I love dreams, and I try to capture all of it into my work.
I've been shooting analogue since 2005 when I took my first photography class in high school. There I learned to shoot and develop film, as well as enlarge prints on photo paper in the dark room. I no longer have access to a dark room but I still develop all my film myself and scan them to my computer for editing. I used to work in the production of commercials and reality television for a few years. I found the whole experience draining and wanted to get more fulfillment out of my life, so now I am trying to focus on my photography.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I first found out about the Community when I was searching for different types of films to try out. I stumbled upon the Lomography Online Shop and purchased some of the Color Negative 100 120 film and really enjoyed the results with it. I then saw there was an actual community on the site, so I signed up, started posting some of my photos, and here we are.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
My favorite rules on the 10 golden rules are:
#6- Don't Think. Too many things are missed due to thinking.
#10- Don't worry about any rules. The more rules, the more you are thinking. And that brings us back to rule #6
In this digital age, why still film?
Shooting and developing film is how I first learned and got into photography. It was the whole process that I fell in love with and got me into photography. You stick with what you are comfortable with, and digital photography never gives me the same feeling of satisfaction that analogue does.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
My favorite camera right now is my Pentax 67. But I always try to make sure I am using the right tool for the right job when it comes to picking which camera to shoot with.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
I really would like to have the Lomo'Instant Wide camera. I've been out of the instant film game for too long since they have stopped the development of the Fujifilm FP-100c instant film.
Any song, book, or movie you live by?
The following lyrics from the song "Little River" by The Tallest Man On Earth:
Just let me fall to be of use, make me a rain storm.
And the wonderfully, simple message from Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy series:
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
One of my current favorite lomographs is:
There is so much emotion in this one image. Everything from the subject of the photo, to the circular frame, to the imperfections of the instant film. Everything comes together so perfectly to create a wonderful dream-like image full of desire, sadness, longing, and peacefulness.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
Currently, there is @kocht, particularly his black and white panoramic photos of the woods taken with an XPan. They have a simple surreal quality to them that I would love to be able to imitate myself.
And also @kashmir2209. His album of photographs taken on the Yashica D is so incredibly strong. Every image in there stands out and there are so many different moods throughout it.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
I'm looking forward to seeing where everything goes. Who I will meet. What new cameras and film will come out. Which one of those I will get to personally get my hands on. And what the community will continue to do to inspire me and other photographers.
Thank you, Adam, for sharing your thoughts with us! Welcome to the Lomography Community and we're looking forward to seeing more of your work!