Joel is an school teacher by profession, teaching children about arts. But out of school he’s a painter, a photographer and a artist like no other. We’re happy to present to you, our Lomo Amigo for the month : Joel Suganth and his amazing work with Instant Film.
Name : Joel Suganth
Location : Chennai, India
Lomo ID : joelsuganth
Tell us a little about yourself Joel
I am Joel, I make photographs.
“Presence of an object” I believe that everything has a presence. In photography, images made digitally has a presence and images made otherwise has theirs. Analog photography has a presence of its own which I prefer, and also, it serves a very practical purpose for the kind of photography I do.
Why do you specifically choose to work with Instant Films? Does that restrict your work in any way?
Working with instant pictures is like being part of a magic ritual, you take an image and then it slowly appears, the process is wonderful. And after working with several photographic process, instant film is a huge relief and because there is no post processing and other things involved, see-click-and there is a unique picture in our hands.
Sometimes when I travel to remote villages, Instant film is a huge help, the magic of it makes it so much easier to take photos. The down-side is the availability of the film.
You were first a conventional artist and then a photographer. How do you think one form has molded the perception of other and visa verse
I don’t think of myself as an artist or a photographer, I only use those words because they are convenient, I am just myself, floating around.
I used to do a lot of sketching, because sketches in most cases are quick and intense. The intensity of an idea at its initial inception is a special feeling, and photography is a medium that is made for that, it is intense and in most cases one has to be physically present in the scene to take a picture, I find that interesting.
What is the one thing you love the most about Lomography?
I love the fact that there is a dedicated photography group who still value how things look.
Which Lomography camera fascinates you the most
The Spinner 360 and the LC-A+ Spinner 360 because I love the concept of 360 Panaroma, and the LC-A+ because one can shoot regular 35 mm film and switch to instant film when needed, this is a huge asset when moving around.
One place you’ve been wanting to visit with your instant pictures
Bhutan. I heard that people are generally happy there.
Are you working on any projects right now?
I am continuing to work on my Kasi pictures. I am also creating this huge set of Instant pictures based on India, which I aim to display in a huge grid.
One picture you wish to take
I have this vision in mind, I want to recreate the great bas-relifs of Mamallapuram with live models, It will require huge amount of planning and will involve more than hundred models. Whenever I see the composition of the “descent of Ganges”, I can’t help but wonder how it would look like with live models.
One Tip to fellow Lomographers out there.
Look, look again.