Tsutomu Umezawa says that he usually shoots with color negative films for portrait projects #It Girlie. I asked him to shoot with the LomoGraflok 4x5 Instant Back, an instant back that allows you to enjoy Fujifilm Instax Wide Film with a 4x5 large format camera.
Hello! Please introduce yourself.
I’m Tsutomu Umezawa. I shoot advertising photos and movies, mainly using film.
How long have you been shooting in large-format?
I started shooting with a large-format camera 10 years ago. Sparrow Photo is a large format camera store and many legendary large format photographers go and meet there. I bought the first camera there.
What do you find so fascinating about shooting with large format cameras?
When I shot and printed my first photos, I was super surprised that it captured more details than I could actually see with my own eyes. I felt like the subject actually existed, “lived”, inside of the picture. It was so detailed and vivid.
How did you like the LomoGraflok 4x5 Instant Back ?
I liked it a lot. It is simple and very user friendly. You can eject a film just by pushing a button and that’s it. It is easy to use, and I find it very lomographic.
What is the large format cameras’ situation in the Japanese market?
It used to be a camera for old-school photographers. But as film is booming now, young photographers start to use 35 mm cameras again, and even large-format cameras for their artwork and professional shooting for magazines. That's a great trend I think.
What do you expect from Lomography?
I think Lomography tries to protect the analogue culture and film, from the big waves of digital transformation. So I also really enjoy the “process of shooting” that comes with the LomoGraflok, besides the photograph itself. I would love to shoot larger format instant photos in the future if that’s possible haha.