Over the next few days we’re bringing you some awesome LomoAmigos! These guys are top action sports journalists, sharing a slice of their life. First up: Johnny Elia, the Online Editor of Ride UK BMX Magazine!
Tell us a bit about yourself….
Firstly my real name is not Johnny, it’s Gianluca. I’m half Italian – some might think different, because I don’t look italian at all. I had the name Johnny since I was a kid. I started riding a BMX bike about 9 years ago and shot photos/videos for about the same. I like to travel, spend time with friends, being creative while having a good laugh along the way.
How did you become the Online Editor of Ride UK BMX Magazine.
I was taking a year out from work one year, so I could travel and ride my bike. I as living off freelance work here and there and one day the job position opened up and I got asked if I would like to do the job. I went in for a chat and here I am today.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is probably getting to travel for free, meeting new people all the time and being a part of something that I followed for so many years.
and the worst?
The only worse thing I can think about is, not being able to ride my bike as much as I used to.
Where were your photos taken?
Most of the photos were shot in my local town, Cambridge. This was either when I was cruising around with my mates riding or late night in my room editing footage. There’s a few shots of my local trails spot which is based just outside Cambridge. In June I went to the FISE event in Montpellier, France where I shot a few photos, and also on the BMX road trip with the Monster Energy team.
Are you a keen lomographer or are you new to this whole thing?
I borrowed a camera off a friend once a long time ago. But that doesn’t count. This was my first proper time with the Sprocket Rocket.
What did you think of the camera?
I like it. I’m going to get one for myself! It was simple, light and allways in my bag – even If it was my camera bag or the bag that I commuted to work with. I even strapped a shoe lace to the camera and chucked it around my sholder when I didn’t have my bag.
If your photos could have a soundtrack, what would it be? (3 songs, title and artist please)
The Dead Weather – Hustle and Cuss
Kaskade feat. Dragonette – Fire In Your New Shoes
Method Man – All I Need
If you could photograph anything in the world (person, place, moment, whatever) what would it be?
Friends and people I know having a good time, either riding bikes or having a laugh.
what’s coming up next in your world?
Who knows. You never know what’s around the corner.
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