Shooting on film is a waiting game. From loading the film to scanning the negatives, each step requires care and patience which makes it rewarding and fulfilling to most practitioners. Amanda Cornelia Tjhin, a photography student from Jakarta, Indonesia, echoes this sentiment. Get to know her and discover how her passion for the analogue medium started as she takes the center stage as our Newcomer of the Week!
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
I am a high school graduate of the year 2018 from Indonesia. I’m off to CalArts this fall to study photography. I’ve been doing photography since I was in 8th grade. I think most of my photos are street photography.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I, initially, love to look at film camera reviews on Lomography’s page. It’s been a few months of me going back and forth to look at different pages on the website until I ended up actually creating an account. I wanted to make more analogue friends from outside of Indonesia and I think that the Community is a great place to do it.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
I feel like rules number 1 (Take your camera everywhere you go) and 2 (Use it day and night) applies to my everyday life. I take my camera everywhere and anywhere. I wouldn’t want to miss any moments that can be captured with a camera. Another rule that I think is important is rule number 10 (Don't worry about any rules). If you don’t take risks, then how are your photos going to be spectacular. Great photos come from great risks. Never limit yourselves through rules.
In this digital age, why still film?
Digital is instant. Film is not. You need to have patience, skill, and carefulness. There are only 36 exposures in a single 35mm film so, you have to make every bit count. It makes you appreciate photography more. Other than that, film also have their own essence. It has different tones and bits that you can play with, unlike digital cameras. The suspense of waiting for the photos to come out is also exhilarating and exciting. This is why I love film.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
I love my Olympus OM-1. It’s not my first analogue camera but it has been very useful in taking street photographs. It’s light and small so. It’s easy to carry around and the results never cease to amaze me. It’s graphic and detailed, just how I like it.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
I would want to own a Diana F+. I’ve wanted it since I was 12. I remembered begging my mom for one but she would always say, “It’s a film camera. Why would you need a film camera when you have digital cameras?” I still have the urge to fulfill this dream.
Any song, book, or movie you live by?
Call Me by Your Name. It’s one of my favorite love stories. Besides the obvious fact that it has great cinematography and aesthetic, it has the live free or die kind of life. I stand by that quote as I don’t ever want my life to be bland. I want it to be full of adventure and I want it to be lively all the time. The characters pursued their romance even though they know that it is forbidden. They have the courage to do what they want, when they want. That is what I believe we should all do.
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
I don’t know a lot of Lomographers yet as I just recently joined the Community but I came across this lomographer with @vicuna as their username. I love the photos, especially the ones of the fish.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
So far, I haven’t found one. I’m new here so I need more time to find one.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
I’m looking forward to meet more people and make more friends. I hope that the community will move forward and attract more people.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Amanda! Welcome to the Community and we're looking forward to seeing more of your work.