Adventure, travel and exploration are the perfect combination for inspiring photography and that's exaclty what we get with Andrew Johnston's latest series of photos. We talked to Andrew about his love for film photography and how he got on shooting with the Lomo'Instant Square Glass in the mountains of Scotland.
Hi Andrew, please tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m Andy, I’m 31 years old and I come from Glasgow in Scotland. Over the last eight years or so I’ve been between Scotland and the French alps working winter seasons in the alps and exploring Scotland in the summers. During lockdown I converted a van and it has been my home on wheels ever since.
How would your describe your photography style and how did you get into analogue photography?
My photography is mostly documentary style of my travels, landscapes and whatever environment I find myself in at the time of shooting. This recently included a small stint in the Cairngorm mountains and east coast of Scotland. I picked up my first 35 mm film camera at the beginning of the pandemic when I was in France, an Olympus XA rangefinder which I have on me wherever I go.
Since then I’ve loved the process of shooting film, slowing down to take in the scene and capturing it with one frame, the excitement of getting my scans back from the lab and the different looks I can get from trying out different film stocks. The main reason for me is the fun of it, in a very digital world its nice to work with something tangible.
How do you find shooting with the Lomo'Instant Square Glass?
The Lomo'Instant Square Glass camera has been a lot of fun to use. Its so easy to carry with me in a pack when I’m out in the mountains, it's super lightweight and so easy to compose and shoot with. My favourite features are the glass lens and zone focus system. It allows me to capture portraits of friends, mountain scenes and everything in-between.
If you were to invent a new film camera what would it do?
I would love to have a film camera that could carry multiple film stocks where you could switch between them like you can with say film simulations on a digital camera. I guess like a dual card kind of idea but it would be two different films that could be shot simultaneously. I've no idea how that would look but it'd be fun to try!
To see more of Andrew's adventures take a look at his Instagram page.