We'd like to give a warm welcome to photographer Laurence Guenoun. It's her first time in our online Magazine and she presents her series of photos taken with the Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO 35 mm and 120 formats, in Spain. Her shots are thoughtful, clean and have a fresh touch. Reading her interview and seeing her images will surely inspire you!
Hello Laurence and welcome to our Magazine for the first time! Could you introduce yourself to our Community of Lomographers?
Hello everyone. I was born in december 69 in la Goutte d’Or, where I grew up for the first 15 years of my life. I was fortunate to have parents who raised me in an environment of books, music, cinema and museums. When I was 16, a photographer approached me to take my picture. I made a brief foray of a few years into the world of modeling, in parallel with my studies. It didn't fit my personality. However, I continued to pose for Gyslain Yahri and to work with Jean-François Jonvelle. I liked their style and their way of photographing. I think the combination of my art education and these experiences naturally led me to buy my first Nikon F301 in 88. I was 18 years old and I was passionate about photography. I wanted to photograph others as I liked to be photographed. I wanted to make images, of this contact with others, to show what I see, as I see it.
When did you start working as a photographer?
I have done many different jobs but photography has always followed me. Everything was an excuse to photograph what surrounded me. Travels, friends, then my children. The arrival of digital technology has revolutionized my way of doing things. More freedom, less constraints. My first small exhibition in a bar at the initiative of the owner, Edouard, at L'Aréa, then my first 5D brought from Japan by my ex-husband who supported and pushed me in my passion. I started to make it my job. I have always continued to shoot in film but more occasionally. For a few years film has become more important.
What do you think of film photography?
It is a different practice, a relationship to time, to economy, to a moment. I forget the immediacy. I even forget what I shot on the different film cameras I loaded. There is a surprise effect that I love when developing. I also like the notion of error. On some of my equipment, I do all measurements by eye, as I learned to do back in the day. If I screw up an image, I learn. For a portrait, film is also a different relationship to the image. I take one or two photos. Not more than that. It requires concentration for the person in front of the lens but also for me. Finally, film is also about choosing the film, according to what I will do. The sensitivity, the tones, the colors, the grain, everything is to be taken into account. And I think that film cameras are beautiful objects, with fascinating mechanics. Each camera, each lens (I only work in fixed focal length) brings its own note. They last through the ages and are durable when well maintained. My F301 still works very well.
What characterizes your photographic style?
Probably my relationship with people, a form of benevolence, of love that I think I have for humans and what surrounds me. For landscapes and details, it is my wonder. I can be very contemplative. The permanent discovery of the other and of what surrounds me.
Your Road Trip in Spain looks like it was really nice! Can you tell us more about it?
I had done a one week road trip in Spain a few years ago. The landscapes were gorgeous but I had kept a bitter memory of it. I wanted to revisit and discover places in a calmer way. This time, I went alone, with several cameras to immortalize what I would see. I stayed far from the cities, and only took national and departmental roads, choosing drop-off points as I went along, finding hotels at the last moment. There was a great feeling of freedom, the desire to share what I saw, a lot of music, silences and miles swallowed up. I loved it. I was amazed.
For this trip you tested our Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO film in 35 mm and 120 formats. What did you think about it?
I loaded my Bronica and my Rolleiflex with the Lomography Color Negative 120 400 ISO. I love the fine grain and saturation of this film. It is perfect for bringing out the tones and details of landscapes. The 135 film in my Leica R5 gave great results too. It made me really want to try the Lomography Color Negative 120 ISO 800 for portraits and low light.
Any news or projects you would like to tell us about?
I want to test more portraits and do fashion in film as well. I also want to relaunch my online magazine Plateform Magazine that I put on hold for 4 years after 11 years of publishing artists.
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