from TWTGE the lomography issue, January 2013
LomoLovers is a book/magazine or, as its founder says, an “inspiration book” created by two sisters, Nicola and Sam Clark, who talk and share their things about Lomography. Every number is dedicated to a type of camera and it’s full of beautiful photos, great photographers, interviews and cool techniques for every analogic lover! All around the whole idea of inspiration. We had a talk with Nicola who introduces us LomoLovers.
Hi Nicola, please introduce yourself.
I (Nicola) work as a packaging and branding de- signer in London and I’ve always had a keen eye for photography and design. I got my first (re- cent) analogue camera back in December 2010 for Christmas, a Holga 120CFN, and had the bug ever since. I have developed a love of analogue cameras and my current count is 25 give or take. Over the last couple of years I have been fortu- nate enough to have won about 6 of them so it’s not solely my addiction to buying them (I like to think).
Sam (my sister) took a couple of darkroom tech- nique evening classes about 5 years ago, stran- gely to further her CV for her dream job as a scene of crime officer (not that it’s what is she’s doing now), armed with our dad’s old Canon AE- 1, which is now permanently hers (not fair) she really enjoyed these courses. She then didn’t do too much analogue photography, until she got her first lomography camera for Christmas 2010, a Diana F+. Sam’s next challenge is getting round to setting up our darkroom in our loft. She has had all the equipment for about 5 years and practically everything was given to her for free, bar a couple of small bits she picked up when a Jessops store was shutting down. Our dad has even built us a unit in the loft, so there really is no excuse!
What is your relationship with nature?
It’s hard to explain our relationship with natu- re… but I guess we are quite lucky that we have grown up in a small village an hour out of London that is pretty much countryside and a lot of natu- re so we can sometimes take it for granted.
What is Lomo Lovers?
We are two sisters who have a passion for lo- mography and want to share what’s out there to fellow lomographers. So we created lomo lovers in the effort to create monthly “inspiration books”. Different cameras, film, techniques and maybe some specialist features you name it, we just want to share it.
When and how was Lomo Lovers born?
Strangely lomo lovers came to me just over a year ago when I was trying to get to sleep! It just popped up in my head! I felt that there was so- mething missing in the world of lomography, I wanted to see more peoples’ photography all in one place, how they experi- mented with certain films or cameras and see the diversity of results without having to scour through pages and pa- ges of online information.
You have just turned one, how do you feel? Are you satisfied of your work? How often “Lomo Lovers” comes out?
It’s been great! But it has also taken a lot of our spare time. There’s nothing really in it for us as we do it all for free, but there is no other way (otherwise everyone will want royalties). But we love doing it and getting great, positive feedback from our community! Sadly after completing 12 volumes over the last year we are going to cut it down to 3/4 a year so we can focus on our pho- tography and other projects, but we will still be regularly posting on our blog (so you can still get the photography hit)
How do you select the artist?
For our inspirational lomographer we have been very lucky with the community on flickr and lo- mography, we have met a number of amazing photographers over the last few years that we find inspirational! So we managed to sweet talk some of them to get involved and inspire other people… there is a never ending list of talent out there.
In your book/magazine there are a lot of ama- zing photographer. Do you have some favou- rite photographers, in particular, that parteci- pate in your magazine?
We have a lot of favourites…. And they would have to mainly be our inspirational lomographers! It’s hard to choose a few names, but a few regu- lars who pull out amazing work would have to be the “Butler brothers” James and Marcus – always wowed by their shots, Married couple Ben and Liana Joyce (who met through flickr), DazB and CaptainBonobo.
Do you will ever make a print version?
It would be fantastic to see it in print, but I think it would cost a fortune to do! (and the rights to the photo’s would be costly too) Maybe one day we’ll print our own personal coffee table collection.
How people can participate in your magazine?
It’s really easy to do! We have a flickr group (lomolovers) that you can join and add to, or you can email us at lomolovers.com with your submission (as long as you tell us what camera & film you used)
Usually in our interviews we ask to photo- graphers that use film if they think that digi- tal technology is destroying film or creating nostalgia and bring him back, what you think about it?
It is really hard, nowadays with the ability to take photo’s on your phone and create “film style” lo- oks and getting instant results, we see the posi- tives in that, but the whole digital photography makes everyone a “photographer” with the ability to just point and shoot. We feel it takes a little more talent to shoot film. I discussed this with so- meone at work the other day, but the thing I like about using film is that you will always have hard copies, if you lose your digital files on the compu- ter or your cd or memory doesn’t work, you lose your precious shots for good!
Which are your favourite Lomo Camera, Film, Toycam, Technique? Why?
I (Nicola) personally love my LC-A, Holga 120 and my Horizon Kompakt, each do something different! I love love love slide film, and my fa- vourites are currently Fuji Velvia 100F and Lo- mography X-Pro Chrome 100. I love the punchy colours and crazy results, and I have an addic- tion to multiple exposures.
As you ask to your photographers, your favourite picture?
My favourite picture (Nicola) of my own has to be this one I think:http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenickie56/6191404498/ A lot of people don’t notice the surfer in the sky straight away, and I managed to get it in one shot, I just hoped for the best that it was going to come out when I got it developed! I was very happy when it did, I couldn’t believe it!
What are the differences between photography and lomography for you?
I feel that lomography is all about experimenting and trying out new films, techniques and cameras. It’s a little more unpredictable, you never know if you have got it in focus, what colour it’s going to come out and it constantly surprises and challenges me.
Some anticipation, future projects?
We are hoping to set up another lomo lovers big film swap as we had a great time swapping films with people from all over the world last year!
A last question, your personal Lomo rule?
Always keep a camera in your bag and don’t be afraid to shoot! (I should really follow my own rules)