Lomographer Sven Beyersdorff a,k.a. peterpan61 likens his film photography to poetry, always capturing subjects in their delicate and momentary conditions. One summer this year, he took a stroll in the municipality of Groningen, Netherlands, with the Potsdam Kino 35 mm film loaded into his Nikkor F90. The outcome? Lush greys, sharp details, and fine grain structure that boasts the Potsdam Kino's tonal range. Indeed, the film once again succeeds in translating real-life poetry into pictures.
Hi Sven, welcome to Lomography Magazine! Firstly, what got you into working with film photography?
What moves me The rediscovery of slowness. To do something and not immediately know if it has become something. To wait for the results of his work and then just be happy when the images are developed.
Your albums have a lot of "poetry" named after them. Can you walk us through your personal style? How did it mold?
Poetry. Yes, that's true. A picture is sometimes worth a thousand words. Like to write. One day I discovered for myself that I can write with pictures. There can be so much poetry in everyday things around us. Again and again, I just take my camera with me when I go on a trip or just stroll through a city. I let myself drift. It's magical when I look through the eyepiece, everything around me slows down and, like a child, I discover things that I would otherwise have run past. I am happy about my discoveries and press the shutter release button. To find poetry in the every-day is just nice for me. When the film is then developed, I put the pictures I like best in an order that makes up a picture story. So many of my albums are a story and everyone who looks at them may have their story in mind, which is triggered by the images. At some point, I thought this was a piece of poetry and so I nicknamed the album's poetry.
The series "Black and White Poetry", captured with the Potsdam Kino, intrigued us with its magical yet realistic themes. What attracted you to black and white photography?
What appeals to me is the reduction. Perhaps you can see the essentials better than in color.
How was your experience with the Potsdam Kino? Did it help you achieve the poetic aesthetic you are going for?
It was only my second film. I really like it as a result.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Oh, before I take my inspiration? Good question. It's just there. In me. Maybe it's good to just be curious and watch carefully. I enjoy looking at pictures of other Lomographers and reading the articles in LOMO Magazine.
As a photographer, what's the most important element in a composition? Any tips when using the Potsdam Kino film?
Tips? Well, get down on your knees or just lookup. How would a little child see the moment? Leave the beaten path. Try it out.
Describe to us – what's a day in the life of Sven?
In the morning. A cup of coffee and then it usually starts. Job or just driving somewhere. I love to travel. Even if I want to work somewhere, I take a camera with me.
This is how small road movies are created. In the evenings I like to look into books about photographers and photography and look at the wonderful pictures of the Lomography community. I find a lot of suggestions here. It is nice that this platform exists.
Any on-going project, or other plans you're keen to work on?
What I would like to do, tell back to my beginnings and adventures with Captain Haddock with pictures.
For more of Sven's works, visit his LomoHome.