Ethereal and Feminine Photography by Anna Rakhvalova with her Lomography Lens Kit

Photographer and LomoAmigo Anna Rakhvalova is certainly no stranger to Lomography Art Lenses. From shooting with the Petzval 80.5 to the Daguerreotype Achromat to the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System, some may even consider her a master of our line of lenses.

"I feel I have a mission: to push my models to reveal things they have inside of them, something they hide and usually don’t show to other people but me. Their inner world, emotions, experiences, life. And I bring their secrets to my photos as chemicals make appear the images on a white paper," she says in her artist statement.

With a soft aesthetic highlighting the inner working of her feminine subjects, Anna utilizes her kit of Lomography lenses as storytelling tools in conversation with her models — and she is here with us today to share an introspective rundown of how she beings her artistic visions to life.

Photos by Anna Rakhvalova shot with the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens

Hi Anna, welcome back to Lomography Magazine! Can you give us an update on what you've been up to since you're last feature?

Hi guys, it makes me so happy to be a part of the Lomography community for such a long time already, my first interview was in 2016 while I was still living in Paris!

My last feature was in 2020 and it was just the beginning of my life in London. Since then I got my British citizenship, became a photography mentor in Westminster University and got more into the movie industry on both sides of the camera.

Can you give us a run down of which Lomography Art Lenses you've used?

I used different lenses throughout the years. I started with Petzval back in 2015 when I first used an art lens for a photo-shoot. The Daguerreotype Achromat was my second lens, and I actually have it and shoot with it pretty often. Then it was Neptune Convertible Art Lens and later a new Petzval.

Photos by Anna Rakhvalova shot with the Petzval 80.5 f/1.9 MKII Bokeh Control Art Lens

Can you give some examples of the scenarios you'd use each lens for?

Every time I used the Lomography Art Lens it was for something special. A big trip with friends or shooting my sisters or when I would meet a new muse. I don't want to get used to it too much, I want to keep that special feeling when I use the lenses.

How do the aesthetics of Lomography Art Lenses complement your style of shooting?

Lomography lenses are perfect for me because I'm always searching for that ethereal look. The lenses implement the feeling of being in between dream and reality, which is perfect for me.

Photos by Anna Rakhvalova shot with the Petzval 80.5 f/1.9 MKII Bokeh Control Art Lens

How do you conceptualize what you're going to shoot with our lenses?

I always search for a particular ambience I would say. The concept sometimes comes to me beforehand and sometimes it's a total improvisation. I do love the effect of bokeh that almost all of your lenses have so I try, if I can, to shoot more towards the sunset or capture images through a glass with rain drops for instance.

Do you have a favorite Lomography Art Lens?

Oh wow, it's very difficult to choose because I love them all! But I think my first loves were the Petzval and Daguerreotype Achromat so I'll go with them. Both have the incredible bokeh so that's definitely a huge plus compared to all the lenses I've ever tried and also that old-school feeling and the aesthetic part of the lens itself.

Photos by Anna Rakhvalova shot with the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System

Can you share your top tips and tricks for shooting with our lenses?

I think the main thing is to enjoy using them, if you like the special bokeh style then go shoot amongst the trees at sunset or with city lights at night! Take your time to get used to the manual focus and let the magic operate.

Do you have any upcoming projects or work that you'd like to share with our community?

I'm going to continue my path into the photography and movie world but I also feel like I'm ready to transmit some of my knowledge to a younger generation. So maybe teaching and workshops in the near future.

Photos by Anna Rakhvalova shot with the Petzval 80.5 f/1.9 MKII Bokeh Control Art Lens

Anything else you'd like to share?

My dream would be to move to New York and continue my journey there. I would love to shoot on the streets of New York, the light there is so magical and the whole city has that special vibe when you just want to create something beautiful all the time. And thank you so much to all the people from Lomography who always believed in me and supported my work, it means the world to me.

Music video for Existence by Ultra Veloci shot by Anna Rakhvalova with the Petzval 80.5 f/1.9 MKII Bokeh Control Art Lens

If you're interested in keeping up with Anna and her work, make sure to check out her Instagram, Facebook, and website.

written by eloffreno on 2024-07-09 #gear #people #videos #historical #lens #vintage #historic #lenses #guide #lens-test

Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens

The world’s first photographic optic lens from 1839 redesigned to work with modern-day digital and analogue cameras and deliver the most unique ethereal aesthetics imaginable. Compatible with Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, and many more using adapters.

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