Community Spotlight: Lena (@lalouve) and Sven Beyersdorff (@peterpan61)

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Being one of the largest analogue photography communities on the web, we are proud of the creativity and diversity of our members. For this month's Community Spotlight, we are pleased to introduce to you Lomographers Lena @lalouve and Sven @peterpan61 and their unique way of seeing the world.

Credits: lalouve & peterpan61

Name: Lena
LomoHome: @lalouve
Location: Hunsrück, Germany

Hi, Lena! What do you do and what got you started with photography?

I have no solid answer to the question of what got me started with photography. Maybe it's a bit of a need to document my ever-changing life? From childhood on I was frequently moving from one place to another. Conserving places and situations on film might have given (and is giving) a sense of safety to me?!

But for sure it's about capturing the beauty of the moment. I guess beauty is what drove me into this adventure. Since some years I am a constant traveler in a van, working at festivals in the summertime. Driven by curiosity and a playful inner child I thankfully try to capture the beauty and absurdity of the world around me.

How did you discover Lomography and what made you join our analogue Community? Who are your favorite photographers here?

This community here is a fabulous one and it is impossible to name just a few favorite Lomographers. Some are inspiring masters, some are passionate teachers and so many are never-fatiguing supporters!

As the grass is always greener on the other side of the hill, I love to see minimalistic single exposures, street photography, and human portraits because all this is simply not my specification so far. And of course, I already have chosen my personal superheroes of double and multiple exposures. I find it unfair to name a few so I will name you all! All together I admire the work of all of you explorers that share their experiments and results so we can learn and celebrate that process altogether.

Credits: lalouve

What is your favorite subject to photograph? What do you usually look for in a scene before you hit the shutter?

Mostly I capture double exposures and so I am addicted to contrast. Contrast offers integrity. Doubles the way I do are entirely created by chance, especially through film swaps. But also for doubles by myself, I do not make precise notes for every picture. I invite coincidence to rule my creations as I am a strong believer that all of us, everything and every moment have countlessly uncontrollable and partly unknown facets all at the same time. Everyone and everything is a vibrant plurality. Nothing is set in stone. Everything is possible.

Double exposure for me is like dreaming while I am walking through reality wide awake. Side-effect-ways this technique massively trained my mindfulness. Even without a camera, I see the world differently now. Everywhere is beauty and all around us are stunning details. I love to connect what seems to be opposite. Therefore I love the golden light of the evening sun that connects day and night in the most beautiful way. Also, I love to capture chickens and animals in general, my beloved and very humorous dog, my loving and patient partner, flowers, many eye-catching details, and any kind of funny and absurd situations.

In this day and age, why choose film?

Experimenting with painting, drawing, sculpturing, and creating installations beforehand I recently had to constitute that film so far is the only material I personally am not afraid or stingy to waste for the sake of learning and creating with every single shot. In this day and age where every aspect of life -at least in the so-called western world- seems to be unbreakably connected with data, computers and the web I prefer to step back and relax. I have no TV and no computer so why on earth should I work with a digital camera?

I am fascinated to learn the handicraft of photography the ancient ways and I'm just at the beginning. It teaches me patience. And I love the grain of the film. Multiple exposures on film compared to digital ones are naturally designed by coincidence but at the same time much more profound and unchangeable. What's done is done. I can be disappointed about the position of a subject or a combination of two or I can be patient and happy with the unexpected beauty that comes as a surprise and blessing.
There is both.

But one is for sure: I get what I deserve. The skills I can develop, the camera-settings, light, frame, and subjects I can choose. But the final overlapping of two (or more) exposures (aspects of life) is not really in my hands. I can not change what coincidence and luck decided. What's done is done! Things are happening, let's celebrate it! For me working with double exposures on film reflects living our lives perfectly. And that's the magic.

What does a perfect day look like for you?

Oh, that's a sweet question! I imagine a sunny day in early summer with comfortable 25 degrees and a light breeze. In the blue sky, I could figure out some beautiful clouds.

I would sleep until 10, have a nice breakfast with my partner and together we'd go for a long walk with my dog, equipped with at least 2-3 cameras, plenty of films and some water and food. All the following would happen anywhere in this world or even by beaming from here to there:

We would be walking through stunning woods alongside a river, see many colorful flowers we can't even name and meet beautiful animals of all kinds that would kindly standstill until I captured them on film. Then we would see some breathtaking ancient Mayan/Greek/Indian architecture before we enter some alternative urban area with inspiring artworks on the walls and all around.

In the afternoon we would pass by a fabulously decorated festival with the nicest global underground music and dubstep so we'd dance for a while until the breath-taking sunset at the sea would force us to have a relaxing romantic break. For dinner, we would choose a noble veggie-restaurant with Chandeliers and red Couches just after we had stopped on the way to take some pictures of the night skyline of a metropolis like for example Osaka, New York or Frankfurt. After dinner quite likely we would be entirely tired but just on the way home, we'd meet some fire-dancers that give me the chance to take some light painting-photos. Happily exhausted we would fall asleep as soon as we'd be back home and need another day to recover.

Credits: lalouve

Name: Sven Beyersdorff
LomoHome: @peterpan61
Location: Aurich, Germany

Hi, Sven! What do you do and what got you started with photography?

I am my own small company and I also work as a consultant for the improvement of working conditions. How I got into photography (-: Everything is moving faster around me.) Constant accessibility, hustle, and bustle, fast, fast. With analogue photography, I have rediscovered the slowness, the joy to wait for something and to be surprised.

How did you discover Lomography and what made you join our analogue Community? Who are your favorite photographers here?

By chance in a newspaper. There was something about a Lomographic Society. I was curious. I liked the 10 Lomographic rules. It was a nice thought to be part of a worldwide community.

@troch, @steamtug1959, @svar, @rik041, @goshenhank, @trx53, @kasta72, @why-yu, @jakkr, @chromagnon, @antmark, @duque, @dr_dorokhov, @fisheyemary, @taku, @fragakis_p, @bravopires, @kentarou, @gheinz, @pangmark, @wildholzkamera, @denizberkin, @sierravictor and many more.

Credits: peterpan61

What makes you stay with film photography in this day and age? What's your favorite subject to shoot?

I am attracted by the beauty of the everyday. Capture the light and capture the moment in all its facets. It's like a little break when I go with my camera. I am sometimes like a child. Squat down and see the world with different eyes. Just go by my feelings.

For you, what's the best part about being a Lomographer?

The best part is the many Lomographers here. It's just so great and inspiring. I love the creativity and the opportunity to connect with the world, it's just fun.

What is your favorite Lomography camera and film and why?

I like the Lomo LC-A+ of course and the La Sardina. Ma favorite film? Lomography 800 wonderful for street photography and Berlin Kino b/w 400. It's great. (-:

Credits: peterpan61

Stay tuned for our monthly Community Spotlight to discover the work of some of the most talented Lomographers!

written by cheeo on 2019-08-11 #people #peterpan61 #lalouve #community-spotlight

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3 Comments

  1. gheinz
    gheinz ·

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu diesem tollen Artikel, und vielen Dank für die Erwähnung !

  2. fragakis_p
    fragakis_p ·

    Thank you both @lalouve and @peterpan61 for mentioning me! You are both great lomographers!

  3. chromagnon
    chromagnon ·

    Tolle artikel !! Guay!!!!

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