This has been quite a week for Lomo “Music” Amigos, as you have seen our stable of incredible musical friends grow and grow. And there are many more cool bands signed up to shoot their adventures in the future, but we’ll keep you in suspense for now.
We bring you the last, but certainly not least of our new buds. The incomparable YACHT from Portland OR.
YACHT is a lot of things. It’s kind of a band, but it’s mostly a genre-and-media-spanning life project founded and led by Jona Bechtolt of the Northwest’s very own Portland, Oregon. Bechtolt (and new member Claire L. Evans) make anthemic power jams, play them backwards and soak them in nearly-psychedelic cherry cola. YACHT’s heart is the shows: uncluttered, inspiring sessions of damaged dance moves and synchronized crowd-waving, backed by constantly changing elements — PowerPoint presentations, audience Q&A sessions, and shamanistic video environments.
Check out the intimate LC-A+ gallery from Jona and Claire, and then read on to find out about their inspirations, fantasies, and political hopes.
REAL NAME Jona Bechtolt & Claire L. Evans
Describe the LC-A+ in five words.
Y: Pure, digital, uncompressed, megapixels, ultra-zoom, X-ray vision, nightvision. I know, not really “five words”, but we felt really passionate about this camera and this question. Wait, what camera are we talking about? Wait, were we supposed to do something with that thing you sent us? We couldn’t figure out how to turn it on so we sold it to a kid that always hangs out at the the street from our apartment. He’ll buy anything from us.
The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had.
Y: Struggling to keep the camera safe from paint, glitter, feathers, and fireworks while trying to document our music video shoot.
If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be (song title & artist please)
- Idol Fodder. This is the first new material he’s released
in ages, so much so that his female collaborator on this record is his old bandmate’s daughter.
- White Fang, “Breakfast,” from “Pure Evil,” on Marriage Records. White Fang are these insane suburban
kids from outside of Portland that just totally absorbed what everyone was doing in Portland and spat
it inside-out. Their live shows are out of control: our friend Steve got his teeth knocked out at one
by a conga drum.
- Little Wings, “Scuby,” from “Soft Pow’r,” on Marriage Records. Basically all the music we like is made by
people we know, by the way.
You’ve got a few shots from your video shoot – which brilliantly parodies the oft-forgotten “Tapeheads” movie by Bill Fishman (1988). “Let’s get into trouble, baby!” What inspired you to build the video around that movie?
Y: When Jona was a kid, his parents ran a mom n’ pop gas station and video rental store in the small coastal town of Astoria, Oregon. For some reason, Tapeheads was one of the few VHS tapes they had on rental, and the cover of the cassette always spoke to his impressionable pre-adolescent brains.
We re-rented it earlier this year with some friends and were so excited about the amazing Cube Squared scene that we almost immediately decided to recreate it, shot-for-shot, for one of our own videos. We wanted it to be as authentic as possible, down to the costumes. It was probably the only time we’ve ever practiced what turned out to resemble “dancing.”
If you could be anywhere, doing anything, right now > where would it be and what would you do?
Y: Probably something similar to what we’re doing right now: nude, eating yogurt, and watching “Project Runway.” The funny thing is, this answer isn’t even a joke.
What locations did you shoot for your LomoAmigo project?
Y: We took these photos over a two-month period of intense touring around the world. I don’t even remember: our friend Cabel’s wedding, our music video shoot, shots from Alaska that Claire took when she was doing some solo performances up there, places all over Europe. We had the LC-A+ in our bag wherever we went. Your guess is as good as ours.
What’s the best color for Ray Ban Wayfarers (sunglasses) right now? And what’s the best color for six months from now?
Y: We’re going to go ahead and guess that $200 invisible sunglasses will be the next big thing. Oh, God please let this be true, because we just invested a cool $11K in a new company that is manufacturing these babies in Portland, Oregon. Remember the kid that always buys our stuff across the street at the coffee shop? Yep, it’s his new venture. We’re really excited to be working with him.
The one person (living or deceased) who you would most like to photograph.
Jona: J.S. Bach, straight up.
Claire: Myself, as a baby. And Arthur C. Clarke (RIP), just so I could hang out at his cool compound in Sri Lanka and talk about science fiction with him.
What future do you see for analog photography? What do you think sets it apart from digital?
Y: We see a very exciting future for young people in their invisible sunglasses and biofeedback “smart” trousers,
totally over the holo-cube technology that everyone is using, going back to analog cameras. Call us dreamers.
We love technology, but we can’t see digital cameras ever producing the beautiful kinds of snaps that these
Your advice to future LC-A+ shooters.
Y: If you live in the United States, we hope that you voted for Barack Obama.