My Friend Neja (by mephisto19)


I really like the idea of “my friend”- interviews, but I think only one is not enough. Everybody has lomofriends! One of my lomofriends is Julia. I was so brave to ask her once in my early days to make a double. And we did it.

I really like the idea of “my friend”- interviews, but I think only one is not enough. Everybody has lomofriends! One of my lomofriends is Julia. I was so brave to ask her once in my early days to make a double. And we did it.
It was a great pleasure seeing her in London on LomoWorldCongresss…
Here are now 10 questions and her answers + photos….

Give me a short CV.
Born in 1980 in Siberia, moved to Lithuania in 1993, graduated from school in 1999, went to Saint Petersburg to study at University, stayed there till 2007.
Get involved into Lomography in 2003, immediately started to win different contests and missions. In 2004 won trip to Beijing, China to Lomographic World Congress, after that went to Cape Town , South Africa there spent 6 months (and 90 rolls of film). Now live in London, UK.

Julia, you are one of the grand dames of lomography, but after Lomo World Congress in London 2007 I haven’t heard a lot of you. So where are you now (again travelling so often?) and what are you doing (to earn your money, in your free time, with cameras)?
Not sure why you haven’t heard about me- I kept on taking part in all Lomography books and missions. Latest LCA book has my pictures, for example. I was part of Hind’ s Holga exhibition in Dubai, and latest party by Russian Lomographic Embassy used 50 colorsplash pictures of mine for their LomoWalls. Yesterday my Double Exposures slide show was screened at relaunch of famous Russian Bar, here in London. After London Congress I became Associate Teacher at London College of Communication and was teaching Lomography to Post Graduate students. I took part in London Lomographic Thursdays, too.

As for earning money, I do some freelance. From Corporate Photography to Still Life for Wedding company, and from translations from Russian and English to being a part of Assessment Team at Uni (I had to judge post Graduate Diplomas in June).
As for free time, I recently get Sleipnir grant from Nordic Council to go to Stockholm to do some creative research, and I am preparing an exhibition about London’s area called Bermondsey together with my friend, lomographer vividiti.

Although it is really expensive to develop films here, especially cross process (I do lots of Holga x-pro), I still do not give up. Every time I go back to Russia, or someone I know goes, I use this chance to develop all my films. So it ‘s non-stop film trafficking :)

You had a school- project with Adam Scott, please tell me more about it.
It was really cool project to work on. I was still studying at college when The Photographer’s Gallery approached me and asked to join forces with Adam. The project was called Photomotion. We went to 3 schools in East and South London during a month. The idea was to give 15 years old pupil multi lens Lomographic cameras, so they could shot Movement and Dance in a sequence. It was all about exploring the ideas around the aspirations of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics games. Later Adam animated all those shots into a mini movie and flip-book. There was a big Lomo Wall on Trafalgar Square, too.

What is your favourite outfit? Do you have a picture of yourself wearing it? And do you combine cameras and clothes? What is your favourite camera?
Yeh, I believe in Lomo Fashion :) I like colourful, unusually shaped, asymmetric clothes. I like to stand out. And, I am earrings addict. I do not combine cameras with my clothes, but every time I take my Colorsplash camera to the party, I got lots of attention from Digital Minded people. My favourite cameras are Colorsplash, Holga and Horizon.

If you could ask for three products that LSI would develop for you, what would you need? A special Julija- camera? A Julija- bag? Other Julija- things?
Yep, special NEJA bag would be nice to have, cute and stylish. Lomo Earrings, of course would do, too. Even whole jewellery range. Then, shoes!

What is your special technique/tip/trick???
My special technique is my Vision. I just keep my eyes wide open all the time, and think about angle, too.

Digital versus analogue: Do you use both? What do you prefer? In what situations?
I have both. Although I sold my Digital SLR, I have little digital Ricoh, which actually looks like LCA. It was St.Valentine’ present from my BF. I use it when I travel, or do Still Life. As I already said, it’s impossible not to use Digital nowadays, especially in London. To develop 1 film here costs up to 4£, and it is 7£ for cross process. I am not talking about scanning and printing here.

But I am still an Analogue person. Nothing can compare with the colours, grains and whole feeling you get from film. Every time I see results of my film shots, I think that I am a Genius. Every time I look at my Digital pics – hmmmm, I am not so sure…

Make a top 5 of your favourite things (food, films, music,…)
Oh my gosh… In my case it ‘s all about Positive Vibrations. It can be achieve in so many ways: falling in love, travelling, eating nice food, drinking lots of Chianti, watching a great movie….

Ask yourself a question and answer it!
Do you believe in miracles? Yes!

Your best shot is… And why?
My Cape Town shots are still the best. Holgas I did there (many of them ended up in Holga book, and even on the Holga camera’ package) are just the masterpieces. So are the Lomo shots. And, I adore almost all of my Horizons. Thanks again to maceo/ deccir lomographer from Brazil who gave me that wonderful camera as a present!

written by mephisto19 on 2008-11-12 #news #interview #my-friend


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Amazing interview and shots ! And I love the lomos of both of these lomographers !
    Good stuff.

  2. lazyrabbit
    lazyrabbit ·

    i totally agree with Stouf, great stuff!

  3. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    Nice pix, nice interview :)

  4. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    lovely interview and great collages!! Bravo Bravo!

  5. graefin
    graefin ·

    stephan, julia: a great interview! Thanks for sharing it!

  6. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Lovely, lovely interview from you both.
    Julia you should come South of the river to do your processing, I get xpro negs only for half that price!!

  7. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    Another Intensity!

  8. saviorjosh
    saviorjosh ·

    intriguing interview! beautiful gallery!
    congrats to both of you!

  9. fotoglove
    fotoglove ·


  10. deff1
    deff1 ·

    Very inspirational interview and snaps. Thank you both.

  11. tom_ashor_bhaan
    tom_ashor_bhaan ·

    +one idea which is following me longer time is that: "dont think just shoot" is misunderstanding. we can see it also here, where julia says: "I just keep my eyes wide open all the time, and think about angle, too."
    and we can see this moreover in all rumbles, always scores pictures which has its idea. thats all what i wanted to say.

    (..nice interview Julia!)

  12. neja
    neja ·

    thank you guys!!!
    thank you, Stephan!

    something to cheer me up instead of going to work which I really wanted to do, but get a little sick....
    Viva la Lomo!

  13. neja
    neja ·

    p.s. can I interview someone now?

    btw, check out

    my interview for Lithuania web portal.
    on the bottom right corner of the pics you can see 2 words: Atgal/ Pirmyn
    you can navigate the gallery of my shots by clicking on them (it means: Next/Previous)

  14. vividiti
    vividiti ·

    awesome interview!
    really cool pics julia, some i've not seen before like ure horizons!

  15. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    thanks for making this interview public! i was so unsure if it'd be published at all!
    and thanks for all the comments

  16. makeyuu
    makeyuu ·

    cool. tell me if you make an exhibition in stockholm!

  17. deccir
    deccir ·

    Great neja and mephisto!
    lomo saudades!
    cheers from Serra Negra!

    LOMO ON!

  18. neja
    neja ·

    to makeyuu:

    hey, i am comming to Stockholm soon 'cause I won Sleipnir grant from Nordic Council.
    I have to do a research about art galleries and magazines.
    could u please drop me a line to my email?


  19. lucasjakobsson
    lucasjakobsson ·

    @ neja

    its your turn now, once you have your interview then submit it to the blog! good luck and enjoy stockholm :)

  20. neja
    neja ·

    my interview is on it's way! will upload soon! thanks again!

  21. dakadev_pui
    dakadev_pui ·

    Great interview!

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