Conner Youngblood only recently joined our Lomography community as a brand-new LomoAmigo. However, during this short period of time, he has made sure to explore as much of our analogue world as possible. He has been shooting with the La Sardina in Japan and managed to visit by a bunch of our Lomography Gallery Stores around the globe on his recent tour. We couldn't be happier to announce that he is now releasing a new music video, entirely shot on 35 mm film with the LomoKino!
We are thrilled and honored to be hosting the exclusive premiere of 12 lbs here in our magazine:
Welcome to the Lomography Magazine, Conner. We are thrilled to have you onboard as one of our LomoAmigos. Can you introduce yourself to our community real quick?
Hi! I guess the best place to start would be something about me being a musician, growing up in Texas, living in Nashville and having five sisters.
Congratulations on your new album Cheyenne, we love it! It seems to us like a musical diary of a world traveler. Can you tell us a little bit about how it came together and your inspiration for it?
Why thank you very much. It has definitely been inspired by travels and the people/places I have encountered along the way, but I would say it is more fictitious than literal. I write both about places I have been and places I want to go.
What is it that fascinates you in going to unknown places?
As dumb as it sounds, I think it might just be the fact that I know nothing about them. It is always fun to learn new things.
What sparked your interest in photography?
I got into it pretty late in my life and I still am a complete amateur, but I´d like to think it started as just a fun way to entertain myself while traveling. Plus, It sort of gives your eyes and hands a bit more purpose.
We gave you a La Sardina camera for your trip to Japan. Have you had any experience in shooting on film before?
Just disposable cameras, so the La Sardina was/is officially my first film camera.
Tell us a little bit about your first impression shooting the La Sardina in Japan.
It is pretty tough to have a bad time in Japan, let alone a bad time in Japan to shoot photos and a music video. The camera is extremely intuitive and a perfect transition camera from a one-time use camera.
Can you compare writing lyrics inspired by your travels and capturing new places in photos? How do you go about grasping a specific feeling in these two different forms of art?
Totally. It is about taking a moment in time and making it last. You get to revisit it, reanalyze it, and rethink it. Plus, depending on your style of production, you can alter these moments or keep them as clean and to the point as possible. There are so many different ways to tell so many different stories all inside of a single photo or a single song.
For your new video 12 lbs, you used the LomoKino. What made you choose this specific camera for your project, especially in today's digital world?
I would actually say that the idea of using the LomoKino came first and then the location and video ideas followed. It just has an extremely unique look to it and we were trying to think of the best way to take advantage of that.
What do you think of the end result, do you like the analogue aesthetics of the LomoKino?
Absolutely love it. Everything we (Michael, the director, and I) had hoped for and more!