More than just hubs of transportation, airports are silent witnesses to unwilling goodbyes and sweet reunions. From people briskly walking to their next flight to the long, idle times spent waiting for departure, Lomographer Edward Conde documents all of these on his beautifully crafted photozine Layover.
Hello Eddie! Welcome back to the Lomography Magazine. What's keeping you busy these days?
Hi Lomography! Since the Residency Week, I could not stop thinking about all the creative, artistic minds I met there. The week really changed the way I see and photograph. Since then, I have been working on several photo projects and putting small publications together. That's why we are talking today.
You recently created a zine called Layover. Can you tell us what is it all about?
Sure! Layover is a collection of images I took captured on my way back from Residency Week. I wanted to capture the airports as I saw them. I wanted to record that permanent feeling to remind me what I did to keep me busy during this time. Empty, lonely, and quiet. Some of the shots reflect how I felt at times.
The series with the Lomo LC-A 120 and three different black and white films. Is there a rationale behind this choice?
I knew I wanted a classic feel for the images so I went with black and white. I had a roll of Delta 3200 that I had not used and figured it would come in handy when the natural light was no longer available. HP5+ pushes well, so that would also work well in those low lit situations. I had a couple rolls of the Lomography Lady Grey for when there was enough natural light. So those I shot first when the light was more available. I did push the Lady Grey films to 800 and 1600.
Airports are often associated with two extremes: loneliness when loved ones are leaving and joy upon meeting them again. What emotions or story do you want to convey through these shots?
The images captured are more of the of the waiting period or the in-between time before the next flight. What is it that people do while they sit there waiting for their boarding call. I found some take the opportunity to sleep and recharge, others like to read alone away from, some just sit and listened to music. So, I decided to walk through the terminals with the LC-A120 around my neck, a pocketful of film and music in my ears capturing other people’s layover while telling the story of how I was experiencing my own.
Lastly, what's next for you?
I am currently working a panoramic project called 12.3 x 35mm / L.A. Panoramic that I am shooting with my little Nikon AF600. The photos are all from the Greater Los Angeles area. I have started sharing some of those images on my Instagram. I am also working on publishing one or two more zines this year. I really loved the experience of creating Layover so I am kinda hooked.
Layover is now available at this website. All purchase includes a 5 x 7 print and shipping.