Brazilian photographer, filmmaker, and Lomographer Ingridi Viruel dedicates her practice to experimenting with all kinds of non-traditional processes in photography. In her experimental fashion, she recently tested out our Nour Triplet V 2.0/64 Bokeh Control Art Lens and shared her first impressions, as well as her tips and tricks for how to capture breathtaking portraits with the lens.
Hi Ingridi, welcome to Lomography Magazine! Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself and your work?
Hi! Thank you for having me in the Lomography Magazine! My name is Ingridi Viruel, I'm a Brazilian photographer and filmmaker based in NYC. My practice is born from experimentation and exploration through portraiture, alternative processes, and cameraless filmmaking. I register themes related to memory, obscureness, and nature. I think of being an artist as being an artisan, with endless possibilities of immortalizing moments.
What was your initial impression of shooting with the Nour Triplet Lens?
I was very excited when I first shot with the Nour Triplet Lens! The spherical aberration brings a magical and mysterious feeling I usually like to portray in my photographs. Playing with both the soft focus and the soap bubble effect was a very fun experience. It took me a few tries to be honest, but the more I shot, the more I understood what I needed to do to achieve the effect I wanted.
Can you tell us a bit about what you decided to shoot with the lens?
I decided to shoot portraits. People have always been my favorite subject to photograph; to engrave expressions from different faces in time. Shooting with the Nour Triplet Lens, I was able to reach an incredible shallow depth of field which brought more attention to my subject.
How did you make use of the soft focus in your work?
The soft focus was one of my favorite effects to try because I shot mainly portraits outside. Keep your subject close to your lens and distant from the background, play with the bokeh knob and focus. A monochrome background with some lights could produce a very interesting effect. I was thrilled with how the photographs came out.
In which situation would you recommend using this lens?
I would recommend using this lens for any special occasion. Close ups, portraiture, boudoir, cinematography, fashion shoot... It's a magnificent tool.
Do you have any tips or tricks for shooting with the lens?
When shooting portraits with the lens, I would suggest playing around with your bokeh knob while looking through the viewfinder. You can experiment from there. While not correcting the aberration will produce a dreamy soft effect, over-correcting the aberration will give a sparked effect in the background.
This is not your typical full-frame mirrorless lens. What do you think of the Lomography Art Lenses range in general, and the idea of bringing historic references and character to the digital world?
I'm fascinated in bringing historic references to my art. Therefore, shooting with a lens that makes reference to the classic Cooke Portrait and triplet lenses was very fun. I'm always willing to explore new tools to create a vision with. Nevertheless, I mainly shoot film. Analogue has a special place in my heart. However, I think digital is advancing and has a lot to offer if you are creative enough and don't hold yourself back. To photograph can be such a "simple" practice yet it is so unfathomable. The cathartic experience of capturing something one wishes to say through a camera is ineffable; because a real photograph is one that you take with your soul.
Do you have a favorite shot that you captured with the Nour Triplet Lens?
Some of the favorite photographs I took were of a pomegranate— I had it dipped in cyanotype chemistry with ink to make a print. I kept the pomegranate in a box under my bed for about a month after that.. (yes, I know, crazy) but it was too beautiful for me to throw it out. So I'm glad I had the Nour Triplet lens with me during that time to capture it. Moreover, I spent an afternoon taking photos with my partner in Central Park. I wanted to capture the bloom of Spring, and being in the Park that day made me feel like everything was growing back to life again. Yet there was still a hint of melancholia in the air, which I didn't mind at all. I also took some photos of friends throughout Manhattan, it was a very fun time. I'm very grateful to have had this opportunity!
Moreover, I took some portraits of my partner in Central Park. I wanted to capture the bloom of Spring, and being in the Park that day made me feel like everything was growing back to life again. Yet there was still a hint of melancholia in the air, which I didn't mind at all. I also took some photos of friends throughout Manhattan, it was a very fun time. I'm very grateful to have had this opportunity!
What is your personality? Soft, classic or bubbly?
I think a bit of the three! The bubbly effect is stunning and works perfectly for shooting a bit further away from your subject. But I loved exploring the soft focus the most. Which I think works well if you want to take portraits and shoot details, or even create an abstract image with patterns. Be creative, there are no limits.
Anything else you'd like to share?
I've been experimenting with the films from Lomography since I was a teenager, so I just want to say it's a pleasure to do this interview with you today. Thank you!
If you're interested in keeping up with Ingridi and her work, make sure to check out her Instagram!
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