For Argentinian lomographer @nachobucar, imperfection is what makes analogue photography beautiful. Through his stunning snapshots, he captures the poetry in everyday scenes around his picturesque hometown, Córdoba. Get to know our featured community newcomer in this brief interview.
Name: Ignacio Búcar
Location: Córddoba, Argentina
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
Hello, community! My name is Nacho Búcar, born, raised and currently living in the city of Córdoba, Argentina, in South America. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with analogue photography and luckily I live in a photogenic city, which has a lot of stories to tell.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
Approximately six months ago, my partner told me that she wanted to decorate the house with photographs. Just that day, I had spotted an ad for a Fuji Instant camera, and I decided that it would be the perfect gift. But in order to be a perfect gift, it had to be the ideal camera. While doing research online I found the Lomo’Instant Wide Central Park and fell in love with it. Doing some more research on the topic I found Lomography itself, what it is, with its 10 rules, and of course its Community. That’s when I realized that analogue photography had not disappeared and that I wanted to be a part of that. The fact that the Community is a meeting place for people from all over the world was what convinced me to join. I love the idea of showing people from other countries my day-to-day life in my city, which is a small island lost in a sea of globalization.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
I take my camera everywhere! I take photos at any moment! I live in the moment and shoot as fast as I can, but I can’t shoot from the hip, and that’s why I have to see and program everything that the camera is going to do. Spontaneity delivers really good results, but that’s not my style.
In this digital age, why still film?
Photography was born more than 100 years ago and with it, the world of art was changed. Until that point, artists had the role of painting an extract of reality as accurately as possible, but with the birth of the camera, they were overtaken by far. Art, far from dying out, was transformed into other types of aesthetics that were less realist, but more beautiful.
Today, a similar thing is happening with digital photography, it’s believed that the more realistic it looks, the more beautiful it is. Sensors are able to capture light better with less noise, and lenses are able to correct chromatic aberrations. They also define lines better. Faced with this, I look towards the past and search for something that surprises me. Lomography in an aesthetic form that is against the standards of perfection to which we have been accustomed to. I am, for example, trying out different rolls, where each one of them gives its own imprint to the shot, be it because of the colors, the grain or the contrast, among many other variables. Uncertainty is avant-garde and imperfection is much more beautiful than suggested nowadays.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
Right now I’m taking pictures with a Nikon F60 that was accumulating dust in my dad’s closet, and it works really well for me. But it does have a few things that could be improved. For example, the reading of ASA values is through DX codes, so I have to attach some metallic paper to Lomography rolls to be able to use them - and they don’t always read the matching ASA.
I would also like to try out a camera with which I can visualize the depth of field through the viewfinder, or be able to shoot double exposures. A camera that fulfills all those parameters, in addition to being beautiful in terms of aesthetics, and historically awe-inspiring, is the Nikon FM2.
In any case, right now I couldn’t afford one. I am at a slight financial disadvantage because I live in Argentina. Thankfully, I own a bunch of other beautiful things, above all for photography.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
Can I say all of them? Haha.
As I said, I am in love with my partner’s Lomo’Instant Wide, but I wouldn’t choose the same one, as I can borrow hers when I want - I even have some very interesting double exposures that I am planning to share with the Community. It’s not exactly a camera, but I would love to have a LomoKino one day. But if I had to choose a camera to try out, it would be the Diana, in the form of the Deluxe Kit. I would like to shoot 35mm photos with it and be able to see the sprocket holes on the film and everything.
Any song, book, or movie you live by?
I’m a music lover, lately, I have been listening to musicians of the likes of Luis Alberto Spinetta, Jorge Drexler or Joaquín Sabina. I don’t think they are well known at a global level. If I had to choose a song that I live fully, I would choose "Wherever I May Roam" by Metallica.
A book: I’m not too much of a reader, but I am currently reading a couple of books by Michael Friedman about photography.
A movie: Any movie by Quentin Tarantino. I love his art.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
I haven’t been part of the community for that long, so I haven’t had time to identify the members through their photos. I have seen thousands of amazing photos, but I haven’t zoomed in on who they were taken by.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
I just hope that every day, Lomographers keep sharing more and better pictures. I am hoping to be surprised by the ideas of others, and that others can be equally inspired by my photographs. The idea of sharing is the idea of growing altogether. Photography is a beautiful art and Lomography a beautiful aesthetic to perform our art.
Thank you for sharing thoughts with us, Nacho! Welcome to the Community and we're looking forward to seeing more of your work!