Mephisto19 - The Man of a Bazzilion Photos


Well, maybe not quite a bazzilion – But with over 50,000 photos, Mephisto19 is well on his way! Read our interview with him below…

Credits: mephisto19

Please tell us a little about yourself and how you discovered Lomography

Hey, I’m Stephan (also known as mephisto19) and am 30 years old. I am a breath, speech and voice teacher and study Fine Arts at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Brunswick, Germany. Mainly I work with, of course, photography and writing. Additionally I create sound works. Repetition is a theme that appears often in my art works.

I discovered Lomography at a concert. A local band called ‘Sanah’ published their album ‘Pictures’ and asked me to take the photos. I did. The drummer had an Actionsampler that was sold in a drugstore. So I got myself one, too. I was not satisfied. It was winter, so all the shots were dark; it ended up in my cupboard and years later I saw a documentary about Lomography. I remembered that I had this camera and looked it up online. I ordered a Plastic Fantastic Package for Christmas and that was it. I’ve been a Lomographer since August 2005.

Credits: mephisto19

Do you know on average how many photos you take each day?

2010 was a very productive year. I shot and published over 10000 photos on my Lomohome. That makes an average of 36 photos per day, so one regular or three medium format films. But that does not include multiple exposures where you have more layers over each other. And I do not want to count how many single photos I took, how often I pressed the release. In January, I took so many photos on a cold day that I got a blister on my thumb from advancing the film and an open spot too – it hurt for three days. When I reached the 50000th upload I published a blog with some stats and facts.

Credits: mephisto19

How many cameras do you own?

I cannot count so far… No, only joking. But I have way more than 50. That is not good. I mainly come back to the same cameras again and again. Of course my beloved LC-A the Lubitel(s) (of course as a Lubitel Lover), Holga, Diana and in summer the samplers. Depending on where I am I take my Horizons out, but this camera is so heavy to carry around… Next to many, many Lomographic cameras I have old Agfa and Polaroid cameras… And I do lend them to friends…

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How do you store all your photos? Do you have prints of them all?

I started with prints. Of course. But then with my Horizon I got a problem getting the prints. My local drug store lab cut the negatives in pieces (I am still angry with them for that) so I found a cheap lab on the Horizon page. I called him and was very satisfied. But still Horizon prints are extremely expensive. So I got myself a negative scanner, which was a good thing, actually the best thing I bought. It gave me the chance to save lots of money on prints by only getting the negatives. So I could shoot more. Without the scanner I would not have so many photos!

But I still have prints. Mostly from my first one and a half lomo years and from the time before Lomography. My plan for 2011 is to scan those old shots too and publish them as there are many good photos in there! I store the prints in IKEA boards and the negatives in the canisters in many, many small boxes. I should have a sorting system for my analogue storage, too. For my scans I name the album after the scanning date, the camera and film, same on my Lomohome, so I can find photos fast. Everything before that system is CHAOS!! And never ask me to re scan a negative…!

Credits: mephisto19

Why do you love analogue photography so much?

It takes time. I am really not patient, but when it comes to scanning I can (and I do) spend days (weeks??). You do not know the results until you get the negatives back, so it is surprising. You can send films to other people throughout the world. You can enjoy the magic of multiple exposures… And every camera is unique. They are doing as they please so you have to get to know your friend; otherwise you will not have a camera friend anymore.

Credits: mephisto19

What’s your favorite photo you’ve ever taken?

I have two. That should be considering the amount of photos I have on my Lomohome.

The first photo is the Lomograph of the red shoes that I took on a LomoWalk in Hannover with my LC-A. I have it as huge print on my wall.

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The second Lomograph is out of the Alice in Wonderland series, the green Diana photo of a rabbit sitting on the stairs that I shot for a theatre project.

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There are many, many photos that I like. Sometimes when I see the negatives I get VERY excited, my heart beats much faster and I cannot wait to scan the photo. If I have that feeling I know that I have a very good shot. Most of the photos in my most popular section are my favorites, too.

And I do sell my photos – Just ask :) As a special offer I made the 10×10 series. I chose ten of my most popular square Lomographs and sell them as limited edition in 10×10cm.

And finally, what’s your favorite number?

Number? Like 13? 13 is good. 27, 33, 3. Depending. I am fan of 33.

Credits: mephisto19

Want to learn more about the analogue future? Head to the Microsite, take part in our Shoot Your Prophecy Competition and download the Future is Analogue posters!

written by tomas_bates on 2011-04-22 #future #photos #lifestyle #bazzilion #analogue #prophecies #man #mephisto19


  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    A lomo-legend!! :)))

  2. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    Lomo Legend :D

  3. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    an icon!

  4. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    One of my favorite lomographers in this dear community.....<:)

  5. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    I remember the first time we made doubles he send me some german "sausages" with the film! Stephan is the most funny ironic sweet and prolific dude all over the lomoworld. I really hope I can meet him in person, one day, somewhere.

  6. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Wonderful!! Stephan is on of the first ones to befriend me on Lomography and has some of the greatest photos. I should, also, like to meet him, sometime.

  7. dakadev_pui
    dakadev_pui ·

    you are the lomography legend!

  8. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    LEGEND indeed !!!

  9. izaiza
    izaiza ·

    Yep, you're!

  10. backforbreakfast
    backforbreakfast ·

    so proud of you! and so glad you made me discover lomography, too :)

  11. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Hey Stephan, Are lomo roots are similar I had the yellow Supersampler and then got the Plastic Fantastic package as well, never looked back. Loved the time at the congress!
    Everyone should have at least one of your pics... it will surely be an investment one day!

  12. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    i definitely want to meet him... again.

  13. fotoglove
    fotoglove ·

    great interview! :)

  14. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    ohh great interview :D a lomo legend indeed !

  15. gladys
    gladys ·

    legend indeed!!!!!=D

  16. j_robert
    j_robert ·

    congrats mephisto, your images are inspiring

  17. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    One of the first lomographers that I saw when I joined :)
    Stephan, why must you be so cool??

  18. pomps
    pomps ·

    mephisto19 is great, his art is awesome!

  19. faisal_aziz
    faisal_aziz ·

    he's the man! i love u!

  20. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    a man that you couldn't resist!

  21. elainepooh
    elainepooh ·

    legend! icon!

  22. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Hopefully there will be rumble to meet The Main Man himself ! :)

  23. graziosa9
    graziosa9 ·


  24. reneg88
    reneg88 ·

    i remember when i joined lomography, this guy was my role-model. :) and he still is... i just have more now :P

  25. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    :). GREAT!!!!

  26. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    Lomo Legend :)

  27. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Mephisto19's photos never fail to amaze!

  28. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·

    Great, :). King of kings.

  29. nural
    nural ·

    I do consireder myself lucky to have met you!! You are the best!

  30. rinchy
    rinchy ·

    I do love your lomograph!! They inspired me a lot! ^@^

  31. kanyapratita
    kanyapratita ·

    oh my you're legend! these photos make me speechless! amazing <3

  32. kokakoo
    kokakoo ·


  33. ooooooooo
    ooooooooo ·

    very nice pics! they're beautiful and very poetic!

  34. thirdworldmiddlechild
    thirdworldmiddlechild ·

    wow! amazing!!!

  35. i_am_four-eyes
    i_am_four-eyes ·

    Awesome!!! : ) such an inspiration!

  36. bio_lenta
    bio_lenta ·

    And I remember someone saying not knowing him, lol.

  37. stouf
    stouf ·

    Le grand mephisto !!!!

  38. gpacheco
    gpacheco ·

    Really awesome !

  39. bass_clarinet_2000
    bass_clarinet_2000 ·


  40. domyblue
    domyblue ·

    You ROCK !!!

  41. ej_enriquez
    ej_enriquez ·

    No doubt, the Lomo Legend!

  42. gittlob
    gittlob ·

    wow some seriously awesome photos!!! my favorite has got to be that red shoe one oh and the bunny on the stairs oh and the under water woman oh and the one with the woman riding the painted bike!! oh their all so cool!!!

  43. peropero
    peropero ·

    i wish i could meet him in person as well! :D

  44. kamilou
    kamilou ·

    i find it funny to discover the photos (red shoes, girl riding a paint bike) and, after that, discovering the guy who made them!
    When will we find on the online store some Lomography straps for the serial shooters?

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