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A freelance music designer with a strong penchant for analog photography, David Elalouf has been sharing his wonderful photographs in the community for 10 years now. His LomoHome not only became an avenue for him to share his work but also a bridge that forged strong friendships with fellow lomographers. Let’s welcome our newest LomoGuru from Paris, France, dudizm!
Name: David Elalouf
LomoHome : dudizm
Location: Paris, France
Number of years as a Lomographer: 10 years
Number of years in the Community: 10 years
Tell us about yourself and what you do.
I worked in the music business for the past 20 years as a reporter, DJ, concert maker, and art director. I am now a freelance music designer who’s passionate about analog photography.
(You can see more of David’s photographs on his personal website and listen to his music on his Mixcloud and Soundcloud profiles.)
Tell us something about your LomoHome’s name. Why did you decide to have that username? Or if that’s your actual name, what would be a different LomoHome name you’d like to have?
It is a reference to the movie “The Big Lebowski.” My name is David and besides the bowling part, I have a lot of things in common with Jeffrey. People used to call me “Dude” and I simply became dudizm to relate to the character’s spirit and way of life.
Share your most memorable experience in the community.
I would say it’s the beginning, how I got into Lomography, and the people I met since then.
Stéphane Chabrier aka jazzgohan introduced me to Lomography. During that time, he opened KAPTUR, the first French Lomography shop in Nice. I learned a lot and experimented with all kinds of devices and films in his shop. It was a golden age. The closure of his shop was a hard blow but evil had made his work, I was already contaminated!
Also, the first competitions where I won cameras and films were memorable. It is always a great time to win and have your photos recognized by Lomography over hundreds of pictures. It’s very motivating.
Have you actually met people in the Community that you now consider as close friends? If yes, name at least one of them.
I made a lot of friends on LSI. Here are the few people who I met in real life through the community. Some even became my close friends.
- oneira1927 – Great American lady who I met in Paris!
- hind – A lomographer from Dubai but we met in Paris.
- breakphreak – longtime Lomography Israel distributor
- natalie_zwillinger – We Met in Tel-aviv. An Icon of Lomography.
- satomi – We met in L.A. at the Lomography Gallery Store.
- elvismartinezsmith – We wet in Paris!
- pussylove – I also met Catherine in Paris!
- vicuna – He’s an exception since we already knew each other even before joining the community. We started our LomoHome on Lomography at the same time.
But I can not miss this opportunity, so here are some other people who inspire[s] me. (There are many more that I forgot.) I’ll just let their LomoHome speak for them.
Do you think you’ll still be taking Lomographs in the next 5 years? Why?
I think yes and I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t. I’ll probably be limited with my choice of films since Kodak and Fuji already gave up on so many amazing films. It is a true bummer! But, thumbs up to LSI for investing in film manufacturing.
What is your favorite Lomo camera and why? Do you have any memorable experiences using this camera?
I have three. It’s not nice to ask me to choose one over the other! The LC-A+ is definitely my favorite daily camera. It’s handy and discreet.
The Fisheye No. 2 camera is the one I had the most fun shooting with because of its simplicity and its retro look that makes people curious.
Lastly, the great Sprocket Rocket for its panoramic format and those hypnotic holes!!!
Besides Lomography cameras, I’m also using an old 1978 Nikon F2 that my father gave me and a Mamiya 645s.
Please share your favorite lomograph and explain why you love that particular image.
I don’t only have one but a lot! These two came to mind:
First is “Happy Feet”. This Fisheye shot made me fall in love with the Lomo spirit. It has everything – the fun, color, format, light painting, double exposure, and so on.
Second is this LC-A+ photograph of a man digging at the beach, with the setting sun below him. A classic double exposure with a nice, dreamy sunset, which the LC-A+ gave a breath of poetry.
Please share a Lomograph you wish you had taken and explain why.
I wish to shoot with different film types. I’d love to shoot with Aerochrome films. The result can be unreal, but the film is almost completely dead. As far as I remember, you may find a 120 roll for over €50 on the internet, which is insane!
Here’s a good example of a photograph taken by weidong using an Aerochrome film:
What’s the best Lomography or photography advice you think you have given?
When using Lomography cameras, always make sure you that the film is loaded properly into your camera and the ISO is set correctly (if using the LC-A+). I’m speaking from experience. I will always remember that time when I lose 36 amazing pictures taken in Petra Jordania with my LC-A+. It was all blank because I didn’t load the film correctly. Believe me, it hurts when you realize[d] it.
If there’s one song or movie that best describes your Lomo life, which one is it and why?
Movie: “The Big Lebowski”
Song: “Sado Maso” by Georges de Giafferi
It is an iconic and funny French song from the ‘70s about sadomasochism. It’s similar to the ambivalence of my relationship with analog photography, the money it costs, the struggle to keep doing it, and the tremendous pleasure I get from it!
Is there any advice you can give to new analog shooters?
- Learn the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography by heart and forget them immediately after!
- Choose a device that you feel comfortable using. Feel it in your hands. You have to have pleasure playing with it, but not too much! Do not choose something that you find “so cute” otherwise it may end up as a fashion accessory or on your dusty shelf!
- Begin with a simple and cheap color film. Take time to tame your device and understand its functions. A few rolls should be enough if you are curious and determined!
- You can learn a lot by liking and asking questions to other members of the community. Most of us are here to share the passion and love for analog photography!
- Last but not least, ALWAYS, always, have your camera IN HAND or in your pocket. NOT inside the bag where it is definitely useless! This way, you will be more reactive when something happened and get the satisfaction of capturing the so coveted decisive moment!
écrit par Eunice Abique le 2015-05-17 dans #vidéos #lifestyle #lomoguru #meet-our-guru