With so many categories on his CV, one could easily label him a polymath. From illustration to visual effects to photography, Peter Hohsl has obviously been having fun while making money. Recently, he took a break from his cool jobs to take the Lubitel out for a spin.
Name: Peter Höhsl
Occupation: VFX Artist
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
How long have you been a Lomographer – or are you new to this whole thing?
Lomography is a new thing. Film on the other hand isn’t. I have photographed on film for many years. I also dealt with film professionally in the motion picture industry. To me this experience is a bit like a little personal renaissance.
Please Describe the Lubitel in 5 words.
A blast from the past.
If you could take the Lubitel to any place and any era, where and when would that be? Why?
Should I ever go on a 3 month trip into the desert or any other remote area away from civilization the Lubitel is what I would use to take my pictures. It’s completely mechanical, no need to worry about where to find electricity to charge batteries, no need to worry about storage media, and the picture quality is absolutely superb. Oh yes, and it hardly weighs anything.
The strangest, funniest or hands-down greatest Lomographic experience you’ve ever had.
I would say funny: I made an approximately 3 hour exposure to photograph star trails one night. The next morning I thought I’d take a picture of the sunrise and the moment I released the shutter remembered that I had forgotten to advanced the film.
For a professional in a high-tech industry, what’s it like to work with analogue gear?
I love the simplicity and elementary way of working. Using the Lubitel instantly reminded me about how I used to shoot a lot less photographs and at the same time had many more usable pictures back in my film days. I especially like to use slide film because of the minimal effort. You make your decisions with regards to aperture, shutter speed and composition when taking the picture. The rest is up to the lab and that’s it – no worrying about post processing and which look you want etc. – you do it all with your choice of film. And it is nice that there are so many types of film still to choose from.
With the Lubitel there is no instant feedback. You don’t know what your images look like until you get them from the lab. This forces me to take pictures more consciously. I pay more attention to the subject and composition and I think more carefully about exposure. This way I end up with photographs that in many cases I would not have taken with a digital medium. You need to take your time especially with the Lubitel and that’s what I like about it. It also taught me a thing or two that I might apply to my digital workflow in future.
Digital technology is wonderful but can also be very complex. There are just so many options, possibilities and decisions to be made. Cameras have many endless menus, submenus, sub-submenus and so on. It’s fun at times but there is a danger of all this technology being distracting.
VFX supervisor sounds like a super job. Please tell us more about it.
It is a super job. It is also very demanding. There are tight deadlines, there is a huge amount of complex technology that is continuously being developed and updated; and clients expect you to know it all. Every project that I work on is unique in a way that it requires a different creative solution to the previous one. With that said I am responsible for all things that have to do with animation, motion graphics, visual effects within a film or video production. I get involved in the entire process from the planning stage, the actual execution of a job and finishing.
Are you a coffee junkie like a typical creative? If not, what’s your kind of upper?
Oh yes, I need my coffee.
Your photographs of Cape Town mostly have flora in them. Why is that?
I enjoy taking pictures of whatever I feel makes for a good photograph. I currently live just outside of the city and there just happens to be a lot of flora around me. Since I photograph purely for fun and not professionally I enjoy the freedom to take pictures of what I like and if that means spending a weekend in the garden because I don’t also want to get into the car over weekends then that’s how it is. I’ll be moving into the city soon so there will be different pictures in the future. I’ll keep you posted.
If you could take the Lubitel back to your second home, Vienna, what spots would you shoot?
Anything that crosses the lens. I would probably focus on the historical architecture of which there is plenty in Vienna.
What tips can you give new Lubitel users?
Make sure to advance the film unless you are intentionally planning a double exposure. If you want to look important get yourself an incandescent light meter.
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