"Boredom, for me, is a far away concept," says 18-year-old Lomographer Lóa. Even as a kid, she has been immensely interested in exploring different art forms and juggled painting, writing, and even sewing to voice out her thoughts and ideas. In this interview, she looks back on how she discovered photography as another form of creative expression.
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Please tell us something about yourself and what you do.
Halló! My name is Lóa, I’m 18 years old from Iceland studying at the Reykjavík School of Visual Arts. I’ve always enjoyed creative activity since I was a kid, whatever subject it was, painting, writing or sewing.I can spend days living in my head and boredom, for me, is a far away concept. I got my first camera when I was fifteen (Fuji X10) in exchange for babysitting for my cousin. It's the greatest deal I’ve done, I have been using that camera now for three years and it’s still my favorite digital one. I started early age to shoot on disposable cameras as I didn’t know how to shoot on regular film cameras until I started high school where I took photography course.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I found Lomography when looking for film reviews online. It looked super nice and easy so I joined, I had either way been working on making a website for a while, to share my photos and art so.. why not here! I was very surprised by all the reactions to my photos from people all around the world. Everyone just seems super nice and keen in here.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
I like number 5 (Approach the objects as close as possible) and 6 (Don’t think) but most of all number 10 (Forget about the rules) as I usually don’t follow any rules, just do what feels right in the moment.
In this digital age, why still film?
Film takes effort which gives every shot more value and the result is always better, the grain, light, colors and so on. Waiting to get the film back from the lab is also a big part of it, and the magic in the whole development process.
Your favorite analog camera as of the moment? Why?
Konica c35. Both the focus and the camera look at point are a mess so the photos often turn out a bit weird and freaky which the reason why it’s my favourite, the results always surprise me. Also the classic CanonAE-1 as it’s the most reliable and easy to use.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
I find the Belair X 6-12 and Lomo LC-A 120 the most appealing ones. I like the 6x6 film frame like the LC-A 120 has, and I like the old school look of the Belair camera.
Any song, book, or movie you live by?
Hard question, it varies day to day and what mood I’m in. I’m a Sagittarius so I’m very curious and open to try new things. Experimental films with beautiful visuals are usually the films that inspire me the most and stick with me, especially short films. Also documentaries. Listening to music is my number one hobby, if not addiction. It gives me the biggest inspiration. I listen to very wide range of music, could take whole another interview
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
A school project that was originally a wire sculpture but evolved into photo series. I plan to work more with bright color and experimental work soon, like I did there, really enjoyed it.
Also this one as it’s the first photo I developed myself in a darkroom and I find it funny.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
It’s great to use this Community to get inspired, with everyone in here willing to share their vision of life with such unique styles and charm. I can’t really just pick one.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
I’m looking a lot forward to inspire and get inspired. Simple but elegant.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, loasunnudottir! Welcome to the Lomography Community and we're looking forward to seeing more of your future work.