Meet Louis Dazy - a French photographer who lived in Paris for 10 years before relocating to Melbourne. Here, he shares his initial experience with the Lomogon 2.5/32 Art Lens..
Hey Louis, could you please introduce yourself to the community?
Hi, my name is Louis Dazy. I’m from Paris, but I now live in Melbourne. I started photography 2 years ago.
Could you tell us your story with photography?
I started photography 2 years ago so I’m quite a newbie. My first camera is a Nikon F2, and as soon as I started I knew I wanted to shoot film. I wanted my photos to have that grainy look, that makes me feel like it’s real. I’ve never really been interested in photography before, I still barely follow any photographer’s works, my inspiration comes mainly from movies and series. I’ve always been a big fan of David Lynch’s work, I like dark, mysterious and moody scenes.
What were your first impressions?
I loved the aesthetic, the aperture ring coming outside the lens makes it look awesome, also it’s a 32mm, knowing that I only shoot 35mm this is a great thing.
Could you share with us your experience with the Lomogon?
I’ve had it for 3 weeks when I came back to Paris this summer, I took it everywhere with me, I like the fact that it is quite small, it’s definitely what you want when it gets to street photography and lifestyle. The aesthetic got me some looks from fellow photographers like - "I’ve never seen that before. I’ve got to tell you, I really enjoyed shooting with it, especially when I got the first roll developed. I didn’t know what to expect and then boom, it looked awesome, I liked it so much I actually shot 9 rolls in 3 weeks, which is quite uncommon for me.
What’s your favorite feature?
Definitely the look of lens flare and the saturated vignette. It’s what I needed, it makes everything look better.
Could you tell us more about your series?
I do a lot of double exposures, I did an accidental one when I was shooting a gig my friends were playing 2 years ago and it came out great. Since then I couldn’t stop shooting a few double exposures on each roll then it gets to the point that I was shooting mostly double exposures. What I like in that is the classic rules of photography don’t apply, you can do whatever you want and just rely on what you feel and what you see. That’s exactly how I shoot, I barely plan anything, I just take my camera out everywhere, hang out with my friends and shoot whenever the moment feels right.
Any advice or a tipster to share with us?
Since I’ve got a lot of questions about the double exposures, I feel that the time is right to finally give a few tips! If you want to make a good double exposure you have to shoot something that has a lot of contrast, so the lighting must be a bit low and make sure you underexpose both shots (like 2 stops) and what also works great is textures and patterns, if there’s any around here’s your double exposure.
A nice moment/fun fact to share with us when you used the lens?
Oh well, so all of my friends know that I’m shooting film and for some reasons they’re quite convinced that the guy who develops the film is looking at every single frame you shot, so everytime I’m not looking or leaving my camera somewhere they just take it and shoot photos of their private parts ... there, I said it.