Testing LomoChrome Metropolis: Zayira Ray

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NYC-based photographer Zayira Ray tested out our brand new film, LomoChrome Metropolis. Check out her results here.

Shot with theLomoChrome Metropolis. ©Zayira Ray

Hi Zayira! Introduce yourself to the Lomography community.

Hi! My name is Zayira, I'm a 19-year-old portrait and fashion photographer from New York City. I've been shooting for around five years now; and currently, I'm studying photography at NYU Tisch!

How did you first discover your passion for photography?

I first got into photography right before my freshman year of high school, when I started taking photos on my iPhone mainly of architecture around NYC. It quickly turned into a passion as I experimented with different types of photography, purchased a DSLR, and eventually found my love for portraiture. Before that, I had been drawing and painting since I was little; so I've always been very artistically inclined, but I found photography to be my ideal medium!

What do you enjoy most about shooting film?

I enjoy shooting film because it makes me a more patient and observant photographer. I usually limit myself to around two rolls per shoot, so I can really hone in on a concept and think about each photograph that I'm making. It's also such a fun process to see the images you make later, and to be able to gauge them after some time has passed — it's very different from the kind of instant gratification that digital offers, which isn't always a good thing. I've also found that shooting analog has benefitted my digital practice a lot, and just generally made me a more conscious and careful photographer.

Shot with theLomoChrome Metropolis. ©Zayira Ray

Tell us more about your experience with the Metropolis film. What was your concept behind this shoot?

Because the Metropolis film has a very desaturated and gritty look, I wanted to contextualize and style the photographs to match that aesthetic and enhance the film. I chose to photograph Dawn in an area in Williamsburg with really interesting street art, urban architecture, and a skate park. For the street photos, I focused in on more barren-looking scenes with a variety of tones and lines, so that the Metropolis' high-contrast look would visually enhance a simple, isolated landscape. With some pops of color in the backdrops and in the styling, I aimed to emphasize the tonality and mood of the Metropolis film in an industrial setting.

Pick a photo and tell us the story behind it.

For these two photos, I held up a silver backdrop to my camera lens and photographed Dawn through it. I shot the same photo at two different F-Stops to create a variation in texture and detail, and the difference between the two turned out to be super interesting. I love the soft focus and bokeh in the portrait with the shallow aperture, and the texture and abstraction in the second photograph.

Shot with theLomoChrome Metropolis. ©Zayira Ray

What was your favorite thing about shooting with the Metropolis ?

The Metropolis film was really fun to work with because of its specific, unique aesthetic that challenged me as a photographer and pushed me outside of my comfort zone visually. It made me a lot more conscious of all the visual components in play — the colors, styling, lines, etc — in translation with the tonal quality of the film. It brought a really interesting and moody feel to my images that I don't usually have, but I love it!

Shot with theLomoChrome Metropolis. ©Zayira Ray

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written by sragomo on 2019-12-21 #gear #news

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