My Friend: HANSPAN


Q1: Who the heck are you?

Q1: Who the heck are you?

My name is Hannah but I usually go by Han (if you call Hannah I probably won’t answer.) I’m 22 and graduated in September from a Graphic Design Degree and frequently dye my hair a deep purple/red colour. (#426)

I think that what people love helps you get an insight into them.. so heres a little insight into me!
I love my mobile phone, gigs, marmite, my friends, my typewriter, hand-rendering text, Graphic Design, baking cupcakes, Jack my labrador, the strawberry cream in Quality Street, cherry vodka, Jacques cider, carboot sales & charity shops, and of course Lomography!

Q2: When did you first start Lomography and what attracted you?

My story started with envy, jealousy and deception and in 6 months like a whirlwind romance, became devotion, lust, and love. Hopefully for eternity!

The little green-eyed monster reared its ugly head when I saw a friend using a fisheye! I knew I wanted one it was not only a cheap option to fisheye for me it was envy, jealousy and soon to be lust! So I hunted around online and bought one, but at this time Lomography to me was no more than a brand name, I was yet to discover!

I bought the camera for one specific purpose, for an editorial broadsheet design piece I was doing at Uni. Based on Last season fashion – which basically meant I took all my clothes outside and photographed them in different situations showing the new products I had created from old, and also how what I had in the wardrobe already matched those on the catwalk and therefore inspiring others to rummage through their wardrobe!

So I guess my tale really took shape back in June when I discovered Here devotion, lust and love spiraled out of control, where I quickly became the proud owner of a growing collection of analogue cameras both Lomo and non-Lomo. But here I am… answering “my friend” questions from a guy who I truly admire!

Q3: Do you have a favorite Lomographic camera, If so which one and why? (wow thats a 3 in 1 question! Value for money!)

It’s so difficult to say… recently I fell out with my Diana over what appears to be nothing at all! But it’s definitely not that stubborn temperamental b*tch.

My newest addition is my lubitel. I’m so pleased with how things are coming out… especially my topshop dummy shots! But I’m still learning with plenty of eagerness! [shrug] But with my lubitel it’s Young love.

young love never seems to last
far too young until they have a past
one night of love, nothing more nothing less
one night of love, that left my heart in a mess
(to quote the mystery jets)

I’m hoping I can make my past with my lubitel!

Q4: Is the Future Analogue?

I can’t live without my mobile phone.. so I guess it can’t be! Is a marmite on toast analogue? I LOVE marmite on toast! My future is marmite on toast.

Truthfully [cowers] I want the future to be digital.. and this is because I want lomography to be something that I want to do, not have to do. I want it to be special. It is special! Special people that have aspire to the same thing, fun fun fun!

I live a happy mix of analogue and digital, with my mobile and my Imac, which I need to get me through daily life, but my analogue life happily coincides with this which means I can shoot as much as I want – I’m happy!!

Q5: What sort of thing do you like to shoot the most and why? (ie people, landscapes, action)

Heres a short answer for me… I don’t really have a favourite, I like shooting anything that interests me and exploring places I’ve not been. I guess shoot from the hip is me through and through! (you couldn’t plan seing a man in a pink wig and a suit on a Thursday afternoon?!)

Q6: I know you like going to car boot sales to find that elusive bargain, what would be the Holy Grail?

The holy grail for me is a fujipet for you!! (and a whopping markup!!)
You made me desperately want an olympus trip 35 after reading your review so I went out and found one, and followed this with a cosmic symbol purely by chance! (and yet you still keep sending me your reviews to read and my want list grows longer and longer!!)

I guess it’s a problem that I don’t really go looking for anything in particular as my knowledge is so minimal I’m learning by buying cheap and using them and either passing them on, or keeping them. (usually the latter!!) I end up coming home with a minimum of 1 camera each time I’ve been. With my record being 6 cameras for less than £10 total one week!!

Q7: What are you plans for 2009?

Shoot shoot shoot! I had a few things I intended on doing which as ever I never got round to doing. I guess earning piggies is what I want to do, finally save up for an LC-A – the stuff dreams are made of.. well my dreams anyway! My Gran always said you need to aspire to something, and once you get there aspire even higher. I remember the days when I aspired for a holga, then a Diana, cosmic symbol then a lubitel…

Q8: Tell us about your most meaningful/favorite shot that you have taken.

My first thought at a favourite shot was one that at first really upset me! It was taken on my Diana with 35mm back. It didn’t come out how I wanted it to, but it provoked a great response with people telling me they loved the composition. Its my lodge picture I took while walking my dog. We walk past this house everyday and its such a lovely building and a rarity to see it without other building butting right up next to it.

But now I look at the pic I think that I dislike it again.. sso my favourite shot right now at this moment in time is of the Penguin pool at Harewood House. It reminds me of a fantastic day with my friends at a time when I needed them most. Also I live the traditional holga feel to the shot, and as ever the vibrant blues!!

Well that’s me… Thanks for chosing me for this matt… you’ve been a total inspiration to me over the past few months I’ve known you and your family! Took me under your wing, repeatedly explaining things to me as they didn’t sink in first time.. the patience of a saint!!!! Guess my story of envy, love and lust wouldn’t have been the same without you opening doors for me and providing inspiration!!

Now Hanspan its over to you…

written by mattcharnock on 2009-01-09 #news #interview #my-friend #mattcharnock #hanspan


  1. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    hey Hanspan, lovely interview :)
    (the pic from my advent calendar shot was taken in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

  2. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    thanks Driklancer!!
    I couldn't believe it when matt asked me!!
    I just answered my questions truthfully!!!

  3. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    I like your answers, I was going to ask you to explain the Sunny 16 rule of thumb!

  4. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Cool interview and shots! :))

  5. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    matt - you know i still can't!!!!
    i proved that with my last two rolls.. altho i think i had it set on B or pinhole... IDIOT!!!

  6. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    LOL! thats why i dint - you have such a bad teacher!

  7. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    Nice interview and shots, but discussing the sunny 16 rule in the comments...priceless ;)

  8. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    anyone care to help me with it??

  9. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    haha, i love the interview, and i love how it carries on with the comments, this is awesome, and this is how it should be!

    im with you on this one han, matt explained it to me, and i understood it and remembeed it for a day, but iv forgotten again now, as long as the lightmeter is at the right level, i shoot


  10. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    Ok, 1 more time!!!!! set the shutterspeed to the same (or as close to) the iso on the film, so a film with an iso of 100 means the shytter is set to 100 (or as close to!!!!) then if you are outside and it is really sunny set the camera to f16, whats that you say? its a little cloudy? open it up to 11, its getting cloudier or the light isnt great open it up to 8 and so on. great exposures everytime or your money back! (Please not no monies will actually be returned)
    The darker it is the wider the apature has to be so the lower the number on the fstop the wider the apature, man this is really taking a lot of thought as i have a hangover - i need to lie down! Does that help?

  11. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    matt - it always helps :D altho i'll ask you again

    watch this space (not literally) for more han/matt i have some ideas and so does matt!!

  12. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    I do?

  13. hanspan
    hanspan ·


  14. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    p.s THANKS again for this matt :D
    you really have been a total lomo-inspiration for me!

  15. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    aww...this is a cute little convo

  16. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    great review hanspan.. i love your pictures... nice to meet u again~!!!

  17. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Wonderful interview!!

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