For Turkey-based medical student Aslı Eren (@lizmlemon), shooting on film is all about letting go of control and expectations. She embraces every imperfection, be it unintentional blur, light leaks, or chaotic colors — her photographs reflect being in the moment, rather than getting caught up in tedious technicalities. After all, one of the joys of analogue photography are the surprises that reveal themselves only after the roll has been developed. Get to know more about this week's featured Community newcomer in this interview.
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
Hi, my name’s Aslı. I’m a medical student from Izmir, Turkey. I’ve always been into photography but started shooting on film when I picked up my first analogue camera from a random thrift shop about a year ago.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I found the Lomography Community when I was trying to get some information about a camera I was hoping to buy and stumbled upon hundreds of photos people from all over the world shot on that particular camera. I realized it would be a great way of sharing my photos, as well as get inspired by all of the amazing users on this platform.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
Definitely no.9 (You don't have to know what you've captured on film afterwards). I try not to make sense of every flickering light, blurry figure or colors that turn out differently than I intended. If I like what I see, it’s fine by me. Also, still working on no. 7 (Be fast).
In this digital age, why still film?
I think with digital I tend to take an abundance of photos that are basically the same. With film, since I don’t want to waste it, I try to do something different with every shot so I think it helps me see things I probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
I just got a Nikon Lite Touch Zoom 140ED, which is very cheap and not particularly fancy. Since it’s relatively small and fully automatic I can just carry it around with me wherever I go and take photos around my friends and family without being worried about the technicalities.
What is the film camera you’d want to have someday?
Definitely the Lomo’Instant Square Glass. I haven’t ventured into instant film quite yet and this camera seems really fun.
Any song, book, or movie you live by?
So many to choose from, but I really love Angel Olsen’s song "Lights Out". I had the opportunity to see her perform live a couple of months ago and it was just magical.
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or another photographer's. Why is this your favorite?
I’ve been mesmerized by this photo by @sugarmaplewings ever since seeing it — Lomochrome Purple shot to perfection!
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
I’ve been recently trying my hand at double exposure and @robertofiuza’s photos, specifically his Empty Heads series, have been inspiring me a lot.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
I'm really looking forward to just be inspired by people from all over the world and hopefully improve my own work in the process.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us — welcome to the Lomography Community, Aslı!