Meet and greet our newest LomoAmigo, David Rusbatch who is quite a talented artist. He lives by the motto “I paint to cope, to cope to paint”. From here on you know that this is going to get pretty interesting! Read on to find out more about David’s work and artistry.
Real Name: David Rusbatch
Country: England, UK
You’re an artist! Please tells us a bit about the kind of work do you do, what part you enjoy doing most.
Being from the North of England, one inherits a cynical outsider stance to everything in life, its the froth upon the breast milk. A tourist blurb would go like this: “gray skies of various delicate hues sheltering a fertile breeding ground for alcoholics,football hooligans and serial killers….frothy breast milk” So most of paintings have dubious questioning of “celebrity” or “genius” – arguably manifestations of desperate reporters attempted to apply empty lacquers to the regularity of life. As a gangly homo-sapien, an innate hatred of english “class” and unjust arrogance makes me want to batter people with battery hens and batter some sense into them. Its unhealthy but rewarding to question everything, if i won the lottery, id be slumped in the fetal position shaking – thanks to missing the completion date due to over deliberating the situation. I guess i just want to control my world like everyone else, and being creative helps me megalomaniac my own little realm.
Are you a full-time artist or do you have a day job as well?
YES, Like many artists, along with subtle mental afflictions we collectively embrace a dose of self delusion . “Piss artist” “Contemporary a***hole” are unflattering views of my job title. Being an artist helped make a mockery of the Geography and sport degree, my parents worked so hard to finance. I fall in and out of love with art promptly every 45 minutes, a cup of tea and biscuit usually brings me round though.
How long have you been a Lomographer or are you new to this whole thing?
I’ve been a Lomo lover for the last 6/7 years since being issued a Lomo by the Kremlin to covertly document the colonel’s secret recipe at KFC. No, not really, though my first LC-A was an original Russian made one – happily coined the name “KGB” camera by my culture-less cronies, as they kicked kebab trays down the road on a Friday night. The simple mechanisms of the camera appealed, meaning creativity was the focus of each photo rather than the distracting technical issues. 95% of people can take a “good” photo, but only 5% can take creatively appealing ones.
Do you often use analogue photography in your work and if so why analogue?
YES. The evolution of electrical technology, was meant to make us happier, more connected life a bit simpler. The simple reality is the opposite; couples are leaving each other for their blackberry/iphone spouses, Prozac is consumed like hungry hippos, and work follows people around like a black cloud.In regard to photography, the advent of digital photography has been both a stroke of genius and a curse. Everyone is instantly a David Bailey,/David La Chapelle (or any other “Dave” photographer), its all automated, photo theory has become redundant.The immediacy of it is amazing. But, at the same time, the authenticity of a image has conceived a haunting distrust. I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S REAL ANYMORE. Analogue seems genuine, untainted, less plastic, more human. Jeurgen Teller and Terry Richardson were trailblazers is showing the possibilities of simple point and shoot 35mm film camera’s. They validate a completely viable alternative to the incessant digital world.
What is you greatest source of creative inspiration photography or otherwise?
1.Openminded creative people.
3.The female species.
4.Fear of dying tomorrow.
5 Rational thought avoidance.
Name 3 people that have influenced you and your art the most (full name please and background if needed).
As a child i loved Rolf Harris, for his Rolfs cartoon club on Uk tv in the 80’s, i thought he was better than ice pops, puppies, log flumes and Picasso. Sadly now, i just admire his beard and wobble board ability, cheers to the lost optimism of youth.
In terms of aesthetics, Jean Michel Basquiat is an all time hero of mine. His paintings have a sincere authenticity about them, and a bleeding rawness, nearly every modern painter has traces of him in their work if you look hard enough; you could say he was the original BANKSY, both the first black and graffiti super super star. After dating Madonna he died of a drug overdose at 27, i assume these 2 facts are unrelated, I’m 5% certain she didn’t try to adopt him or make him perform vogue routines like a sea lion at 3 am.
My favourite photographers are Ryan McGinley and Jeff Wall, Ive only recently discovered both. Ironically their most recognized work is done on analogue camera’s. I want to live in a Ryan’s world, its like an exuberant hedonism Willy Wonka vintage world, where only him and his friends exist on some heavenly plains. Makes the real world seem a long way away. Jeff’s world is more subtle with tingling ideas , political undercurrents and just plain observations. He also casts an ambiguous veil over the authenticity of his photo’s as some are carefully staged.
What was the strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/ Lomographic encounter that you’ve have had so far?
Ooooo tricky question. Its a situation that taught me never to breath without an LC-A by your side. I was watching a group of dogs running after a football the owners were throwing around. It was really competitive as all 4 dogs were of a similar speed, they looked as happy as that masturbating gorilla on that youtube clip. Anyway, the dogs were doing this ritual for 10-15 minutes. Then out of the corner of my eye a whippet raced into view and sprinted through the furry ensemble and out the other side reaching the ball first.He promptly stopped the ball, pissed on it, and ran off. Previously i assumed dogs couldn’t express the emotion of DISGUST, but if had my LC-A that day i could have proved they can.
What are some of the project you are working on now that we can look forward to?
At the moment I’m nearing the end of a series of paintings and photographs, based on the life of world renowned Welsh drug smuggler Howard Marks. The film of his best selling memoirs “Mr Nice” is about to come out in cinema’s starring, Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis. Howard is signing and fingerprinting all work, and opening the exhibition in London. Date still to be arranged. Look out for updates on the Lomography website in the near future.
Your advice for would-be Lomographers or people thinking of going analogue?
It’s normal procedure to be disappointed by the pictures you thought would be brilliant initially, to counterbalance the subsequent melancholy the last 2 frames of the film, (you thought were awful), are absolute gems.Casually look through any high end fashion magazine, and you’ll see a series of analogue retro shots. ANALOGUE IS BACK.
Any parting words of wisdom for would be artist and the like?
Listen to all the people who say you’re rubbish, what the rules are, put you down, try to corrupt your head, cite the irrelevance of art. AND IGNORE THEM.x
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