Lena, aka LaLouve, lives with her partner and dog in nature. She studied art therapy and has been working intensively with analogue photography and multiple exposures for the last three years. But her love for analogue photography began much earlier:
"About 20 years ago I had already bought a Lomo LC-A and an action sampler and experimented with it playfully and without any photographic knowledge."
Lena never really warmed up to digital photography, but has instead turned her attention to other art forms and finally found her way back to analogue photography.
"When me and my dogs moved into my van and lived in it for a few years as permanent travelers, I found that there was not enough space for sculpture or dance. It was right at this time that the memory of the magic of analogue photography sneaked up on me."
About her Photographs Lena says:
"In my pictures I try to transport the beauty, the humour and the absurdity of this world. For me, this works best with the technique of multiple exposures.
It is made for the visualization of vibrant multiplicity, i.e. the unexpected clash of different aspects of life. My greatest source of inspiration is nature, which constantly draws our attention to the fact that nothing is unchangeable & everything is possible, that there is neither good nor bad, but that differences create integrity and that random chances teach us to stay calm and accept things, situations and beings - however and whenever we encounter them."
Despite a considerable collection of analog cameras and accessories, Lena prefers her father's old Yashica FR 1. Meanwhile, she takes pictures almost daily and has learned that not every shot has to be perfect. She originally started out in our LomoCommunity while looking for inspiration and tips herself.
"Communication on this platform is friendly and all members enjoy sharing their knowledge and experiments. This is truly valuable for every photographer who wants to learn something new."
Here she tells us herself how she makes her fairytale double exposures:
A Little Courage
One must first summon up courage. Learn to let go of your creations and give room to randomness. Don't worry if it feels like a balancing act at the beginning and if it doesn't turn out perfect right away. Experiment & error was my best teacher as well and with time and a lot of taken pictures, I could understand better and better how to get what I want in the film.
Here are a few failed attempts from my collection:
Tip: Take several similar pictures of a beautiful subject, so you can quickly find out which subjects work well together and which don't.
I achieved the abstract pictures by overlaying as many different pictures as possible, e.g. macro shots, strong contrasts, and surprising perspectives. Light & shadow, very small and very large, nature and big city, teacup, and truck. The images I create appear like dream images and are my way of telling of the magic of this world.
Tip: Flowers and neon signs always work and are great fun!
The second part will contain many more exciting tips about double exposure. So stay tuned!
Many thanks to Lena for this wonderful contribution. More of her fabulous photographs can be found on her LomoHome.