Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS Judges: Stephen Dowling

4

Stephen Dowling knows a hell of a lot about film photography, he recently released his own B&W film called Kosmo Foto Mono and runs various blogs and groups which delve into the wonderful world of analogue. We couldn't let his expertise go unnoticed and have crowned him one of our TEN AND ONE AWARDS Judges for 2017.

Photo by Olivia Howitt

Hello! Welcome to the Lomography Magazine. Please introduce yourself to our readers.

I’m Stephen Dowling, a Kiwi who has been living in London since the mid-1990s. I’ve been shooting on Lomo cameras since the year 2000. For the last five years I’ve been running the film photography blog Kosmo Foto (formerly Zorki Photo) and in 2017 I released my first film, a black-and-white film called Kosmo Foto Mono. I also run another blog World on Film, a place for film photographers all around the world to showcase their lives on film (and I'm always looking for contributors - get in touch!)

How did your interest with photography start?

In the late 1990s, after buying a Canon EOS 50E. It really got me into the craft of photography, and researching the amazing world of analogue cameras. I bought a Lomo LC-A and a Praktica MTL 5B SLR in 2000 and my life has never been the same since.

How would you define photography? What makes it worth pursuing?

It’s the hobby you can take anywhere, providing you have a camera. To the end of your street or to the other side of the planet, halfway up a mountain or underwater. It makes you see the world differently. It can be life-changing.

What inspires you?

The work of the greats (I have a bookshelf full of photo books). The work of the unknowns too - every time I visit Instagram, Flickr or Lomography I see an image worth gazing at. Photography is fed by so many other art firms - painting, poetry, architecture, music, journalism and literature. Great photography is often influenced by so much more than just the camera and subject. Immerse yourself in photography and you’ll learn a lot more about everything else.

What makes a good photograph?

Atmosphere. Attention to detail. Composition. Mood. Timing. Intent.

Any advice that you’d like to give aspiring photographers?

Shoot lots. Read and study the work of great photographers. Travel. Be curious about the world around you. Take long walks with a camera. Regularly dip into Instagram and Flickr for inspiration. And keep your film in the fridge.

To see more of Stephen's work visit his website kosmofoto.com or get involved with worldonfilm.net or check out his soon-to-be-updated lomohome Kosmofoto
----

2018-01-19 #people #london #uk #judges #stephen-dowling #2017 #ten-and-one #kosmo-foto-mono

4 Comments

  1. lafilledeer
    lafilledeer ·

    yeah!

  2. mtsteve
    mtsteve ·

    Woooo!!! A classic lomographer!

  3. lomodesbro
    lomodesbro ·

    cheers bro

  4. hobbyfossi
    hobbyfossi ·

    Very nice

More Interesting Articles

  • Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS Judges: Hamish Gill

    2018-01-18 #people
    Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS Judges: Hamish Gill

    UK based blogger, photographer, camera reviewer and all round film enthusiast Hamish Gill is now one of our TEN AND ONE AWARD judges. We talked to him about his obsession for compact film cameras and what inspires him to shoot with film.

    1
  • Meet the TEN AND ONE Awards Judges: Khalifa Al Obaidly

    2018-01-22 #people
    Meet the TEN AND ONE Awards Judges: Khalifa Al Obaidly

    Khalifa Al Obaidly is passionate about photography and started taking pictures already as a child, when his father gave him his first camera. He now works for Qatar Museums as Director of Artist in resident programs and is one of our newest additions to the judging panel for the TEN AND ONE AWARDS 2017. Get to know him through this short interview!

    2
  • Meet the TEN AND ONE Awards Judges: Raymond Chin (@raymondchin)

    2018-03-06 #people
    Meet the TEN AND ONE Awards Judges: Raymond Chin (@raymondchin)

    Raymond Chin is a fashion and portrait photographer from Hong Kong. In this digital age, he still chooses to work solely on film, lending a nostalgic, poetic quality to his enigmatic images. We're proud to welcome him as one of our TEN AND ONE Awards Judges for this year.

    1
  • Shop News

    Share your Lomo'Instant love with the Lomo’Instant App

    Share your Lomo'Instant love with the Lomo’Instant App

    Create funky stop-motion movies with your perfectly centered instant snaps and share upload them to your LomoHome, Instagram, Facebook and more with the new Lomo'Instant App!

  • Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Enrico Ratto

    2018-01-04 #people
    Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Enrico Ratto

    Enrico Ratto is the founder of the Italian magazine Maledetti Fotografi, where each month the most interesting international photographers are interviewed aiming to create a timeless photography cultural heritage. Meet our new TEN AND ONE AWARDS judge!

  • Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Daniel Alea

    2018-01-01 #people
    Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Daniel Alea

    Daniel Alea is a Spain based photographer who sees photography as a way of expressing and getting to know himself. Apart from being a great editorial and portrait photographer, he is one of the founders of the magazine Unusual Journey. Meet our new TEN AND ONE AWARDS judge!

  • Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Aurélien Valette

    2018-01-27 #people
    Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Aurélien Valette

    Aurélien Valette has been at the head of communication and events production for the French photography festival Les Rencontres d'Arles for 12 years now. He honored us by accepting to be one of the judges of our TEN AND ONE AWARDS. Today, he tells us about what he likes about photography and tells us a bit more about what inspires him.

  • Shop News

    Sweet Discounts on Bags!

    Sweet Discounts on Bags!

    Need something to keep your gear safe in and share your pride with the world? An amazing selection of Lomography bags are currently on sale! Don't lose the moment and get your favorite one!

  • Meet TEN AND ONE Awards Judges: Jimmy Cheng

    2018-01-30 #people
    Meet TEN AND ONE Awards Judges: Jimmy Cheng

    Jimmy Cheng is a master of the camera with a long running career as a wedding and portrait photographer. He runs a gear testing youtube channel and is a stalwart supporter of Lomography. It is a pleasure to announce that he is our latest TEN AND ONE Awards Judges.

    1
  • Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Dimitri Beck

    2018-01-28 #people
    Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Dimitri Beck

    We are very pleased to have Dimitri Beck as a jury of our TEN AND ONE AWARDS. Dimitri Beck is the director of photography for Polka. We asked him questions about his work, photography and some defining moments. "Photography is of public utility" he says !

  • Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Gabriel Sanchez

    2018-01-06 #people
    Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Gabriel Sanchez

    Gabriel H. Sanchez is photo essay editor at BuzzFeed News and part of our TEN AND ONE AWARD judges. His poetic way of talking about photography in this interview not only proves his passion for the medium but most likely makes you want to grab your camera right away and snap your submissions.

    1
  • Shop News

    The Lomo'Instant Explorer Is Now in Stock! Make It Yours Now!

    The Lomo'Instant Explorer Is Now in Stock! Make It Yours Now!

    Spark the passion for exploration and make this special edition designed by KristopherH part of your collection! Be an explorer with the Lomo'Instant Camera and Lenses (Explorer Edition)! Grab yours now while supplies last!

  • Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Santa Nastro

    2018-01-09 #people
    Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARDS judges: Santa Nastro

    Santa Nastro is the editor in chief of Artribune, an Italian magazine which talks about every art form, from theatre to architecture. She works in the field of contemporary arts for 15 years and she has also a background in experimental photography. Meet our new TEN AND ONE AWARDS judge!

  • Meet the TEN AND ONE Awards Judges: Elisa Maccario

    2018-01-11 #news #people
    Meet the TEN AND ONE Awards Judges: Elisa Maccario

    Being an agent in Milano for several accessories and design brands and an enthusiastic Lomographer herself, Elisa Maccario has a lot of experience with visual communication and photography. She just established her new showroom in Milano to help brands show their creations to the rest of the world. Meet our new TEN AND ONE Awards Judge!

  • Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARD judges: Luca Mercedes

    2018-01-17 #people
    Meet the TEN AND ONE AWARD judges: Luca Mercedes

    Luca's passion for photography brought her from Austria to NYC, made her Fashion & Fine Art Wedding Photographer, Art Director and founder of a print magazine. Her story reads like a modern fairy tale. Though, she likes to tell different stories with her photographs and we can't stop listening. Meet our new TEN AND ONE AWARDS judge!

  • Find Out More About