Web and print graphic designer Philippe Multeau, aka frenchyfyl, has been a Lomographer since 2011. Have a look at his Connoisseur’s selection for day-to-day film shooting and get as excited as he is about all things analogue!
If, like me, you live in a very small village lost in the countryside, you don’t often meet people who practice film photography. Within the Lomography Community, I know that I’m not the only one who loves this medium! My philosophy: shoot without thinking and have fun! Every shot is therefore unique, whether it’s good or not!
I discovered Lomography when I bought the Diana F+ camera and immediately fell in love with its beautiful look, manual settings and square format! I adore the lo-fi images and surprising results it produces: the images can be soft and dreamy or very contrasted with a strong vignette. I love these kinds of mind-blowing surprises! You get the same feeling with the Diana Instant Square – a Diana where you can see the results instantaneously, isn’t it magical?
If I had to give advice to someone discovering the Lomography universe for the first time, I would direct them without hesitation toward the emblematic Lomo LC-A+, LC-Wide or Lomo LC-A 120 for anyone wanting to try medium format. Small, solid, practical, efficient – I love them! You get the Lomographic look of saturated colors and vignettes with a glass lens for perfectly sharp images and a light meter that gives a successful exposure every time! I really enjoy shooting on LomoChrome Purple film with these cameras.
For a lower budget, the Sprocket Rocket has never ceased to amaze me with its panoramic format and visible perforations. I have a real crush on this camera and it follows me everywhere.
When Lomography released the Atoll Ultra-Wide 2.8/17 Art Lens, my very first reaction was "pretty cool! A new lens for my Leica!" Having a lens inspired by the Lomo LC-Wide with an f/2.8 aperture, it’s magical!
I don’t try to create perfect images, I like the rock’n’roll aspect of Lomography. I often cross-process (X-Pro) my images to get a real Lomographic look using positive (slide) film such as Lomography XPro Slide 200 film. The final result, although very random, can offer very nice surprises!
Top tip: cross processing tends to overexpose images. To avoid this, push the ISO up a notch. For example, for a 200 ISO roll, I usually set the camera to 400 ISO.
All photos were taken by Philippe Multeau. You can follow him on Lomography.