Andrea Mejía also known as Andchinaski is an Ecuadorian photographer who lives in Paris. She usually shoots photos with vibrant and radiant colours with high ISO film rolls but she gave our Potsdam B&W 100 35 mm Potsdam Kino a try and the results are remarkable! With her model Luisa Teixeira, she takes us where dreams and nightmares meet into superb monochrome vertigo!
Hello and welcome to the Lomography Magazine, could you please introduce yourself?
Hello, my name is Andrea Mejía, I’m an Ecuadorian film photographer based in Paris. I’m also known as Andchinaski.
What are your sources of inspiration?
I find inspiration in many things such as places, people, moments. I’m also a big cinema and music fan so I found a lot of inspiration through albums and movies, but mostly I just like to put out what is inside my head, memories, fragments of dreams, nightmares, feelings, darkness, light.
Why do you shoot film in our digital world?
I’ve completely fallen in love with film photography, I feel that it gives something unique to every picture I take and having this whole different kind of films with such different and beautiful characteristics is really exciting.
Could you give us a brief introduction about your approach/philosophy to black and white photography?
Well, my work actually is almost completely colored, I use strong color gelatins and clothes that work in harmony with the dark places we shoot in. Still, the atmospheres and moods I’ve found in Black and White photography are so delicate and evocative that had introduced me to a new kind of beauty, of charcoal and silver tonalities.
Could you say a few words about the photos you’ve taken with the Potsdam Kino?
My experience with Potsdam Kino film was very interesting so far, I’m not very familiar with the use of low iso so I tried interiors with direct illumination to the subject.
I worked with one of my favorites models in Paris, her name is Luisa Teixeira and we shoot some pictures in my apartment, also I did some backstage pictures of a friend’s photo session and of course some street photography.
When you tested our Potsdam Kino film, which camera, lens, filters (if any) did you use? And what are your thoughts about this film?
I used a Minolta SR-T 102 with a Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4 lens. To be honest, it was a really exciting adventure, the fine grain and subtle contrast in this film gave an amazing cinematic style to the pictures same as daylight or in-studio.
Some current or future projects you would like to share with us?
I sometimes work as a light assistant but lately, I’ve been working as an Art director in some photoshoots, which is a new passion I just discovered. For the next month, I’ve planned some shootings that I’ll present as my new project in medium format, that is all for the moment.