Lomography Partners: Three Sitting Birds of Larnaca, Cyprus4 14 Share Tweet
Come one, come all. Lomography has partners all over the world to help serve your analogue needs. If you're from Cyprus then it's your lucky day! We're featuring our Larnaca-based stockist Irene Stylianou of Three Sitting Birds in today's installment of Lomography Partners.
Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of the incredible female-led businesses that work with us, and we’re thrilled to feature Irene and Three Sitting Birds as part of this series!
Can you introduce yourself to the Lomography community?
Hello! My name is Irene and I'm a photographer residing in Cyprus. Three Sitting Birds has always been a one-woman show! The idea of the business first came to me back in April 2011 and the store first opened its doors in September 2011. The aim back then was to introduce Lomography to Cyprus and to bring film photography back to the island.
What does analogue mean to you?
To me, analogue is totally connected to the roots and truth of photography. I can't help but be drawn to film; it's simply chemistry.
What does Lomography mean to you?
Lomography has helped me view photography in a more carefree way. It's made me much more communicative and sociable with my 'subjects'.
What is your favorite Lomography product and why?
There are so many, but if I had to choose, I'd say the Fisheye No. 2. It was the first Lomography product I'd ever purchased and I've been in love with it ever since.
Do you think there are any specific advantages or disadvantages to being a female business owner?
Oh, yes! Plenty. One of the advantages is that people don’t really see you coming. There are a few disadvantages too, I just don’t pay attention to them anymore!
Who inspires you?
Somehow, I’ve always been surrounded by other businesswomen and female entrepreneurs. They continuously inspire me.
Do you have a favorite memory from running your business over the years?
Lots of special memories, but the ones I cherish are when I accidentally or intentionally meet up with other like-minded people who are professionally linked with Lomography and the analogue community in general.
What does the future of analogue photography look like to you? How will this impact your store in the next ten years?
Oh, everyone knows that the future is analogue! I'm excited to see what the next years will bring to the analogue community.
What advice would you give to anyone (particularly other women) who wants to start their own creative business as you have done?
Trust your instinct, trust your product/service, and trust your target group. And make sure you have a solid business plan.
Are you doing any creative projects right now in the shop or personally?
Well, professionally I’m always active and looking for new products and possible partnerships. On a personal level, my creativity is currently hibernating, to be honest. Hopefully, not for long!
Official Name: Three Sitting Birds
Address: WJ6P+R86, Larnaca, Cyprus
Services offered: film, camera, and gear sales
Want to see your favorite store featured in our magazine? Please send us an email at email@example.com and we will check them out!
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