In celebration of 120 film, we sent New York-based photographer Moriah Ziman a roll of our Lomography Color Negative 120 ISO 100 to try out and share its results with us. Making a vibrant debut to the Lomography community, her shots are a refreshing and colorful twist on band photos, featuring the groovy Peruvian-American music group Tipa Tipo. Let's get to know Moriah and take a look at her fantastic photos!
Hi Moriah, welcome to Lomography Magazine! Can you start off by telling us a bit about yourself and your work?
Hi! My name is Moriah and I am a photographer currently based in Brooklyn. I grew up in Minneapolis, MN and started getting into photography when I was around 15 or 16! I think I was always really interested in portraits, making my friends ‘model’ for me in my backyard or rickety home studio setup before I knew anything about photography. Later on in college I started experimenting more with stylized shoots alongside working for a local magazine in Madison, WI. I shot everything from local business owners to government employees and was just excited to be doing something that left me feeling energized and inspired.
Fast forward to today, I have been in New York since 2018 and now freelance full-time doing photography and running a creative studio with my brother – naturally called BrotherSister. We also have an event series called BKyard Boogie which I do all of the content/visuals for, and that has introduced me to an array of musicians and artists in the city. In the last few years I started to shoot film more often and it has really boosted my confidence and creativity as a photographer. My work now, I think, is driven mostly by personal connection and my use of light. I love using natural light to guide how I shoot and it’s always an experiment figuring out how to get what I want with film.
As a freelancer you can’t always pick and choose your jobs, but I feel extremely lucky with the clients that have reached out to work with me over the past few years. I never expected what started as a hobby to turn into my career and I am so thankful for all of the people along the way who have trusted me to take their photo and pushed me to find my personal style.
Tell us about these photos, what did you decide to shoot?
I was so excited when you reached out because it just gave me the opportunity to shoot something fun with a group of people that I love. For this roll I shot with one of my favorite bands at the moment, Tipa Tipo, because they are great collaborators and always down for an experimental shoot! To me, Lomography is representative of creative freedom and that’s exactly what I let guide the inspiration for this shoot.
What camera did you use?
I used the Mamiya RB67! I just got it last year and I’ve really been loving how it shoots.
Was this your first time shooting with a Lomography film stock? What are your impressions of it?
It actually was my first time using a Lomography film stock and I think it came out really well! I love how poppy the colors look, but it isn’t to a point where it looks unnatural. I think this stock came out close to how I was seeing things in real time, which is something that I look for when shooting film. I wish my camera shot more than 10 frames!
Do you have a favorite shot?
I think my favorite shot is with the yellow taxi cab where Jordan and Felipe are in motion and Adele is in the back looking straight at the camera. If you listen to Tipa Tipo’s music, you just have to dance or move your body and I wanted to capture some motion that would reflect that feeling.
What is your favorite thing about photographing portraits?
For me, I think portraits are special because you really have to make someone feel comfortable and welcome even if you’ve never met them before. One of my favorite comments to receive from someone is when they tell me that they actually look like themselves in the photos that we take together, which I feel is my goal when taking anyone's portrait.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Music, movies, daydreams, relationships, other photographers and artists… So many things!
Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you'd like to share with the community?
I started a little personal project this year called At Home which is all shot on medium format film of friends/lovers/people in their own spaces. Referencing back to what I mentioned earlier about portraits, I feel that people are usually most comfortable in their own homes, so what better place to shoot than there!
Anything else you'd like to share?
I’d just like to thank you for featuring me! I’m grateful that I have been able to connect with so many wonderful people through photography and I’m excited to continue growing as a photographer and artist. I’m always available for bookings and anyone is welcome to reach out via email or social media if they want to shoot!