City: in the middle of nowhere somewhere in styria
My name is Monika Mitterdorfer, I am 34 years old and I live in a one-horse town somewhere in the middle of nowhere. I live there with my two cats who turn everything topsy-turvy in my once oh so calm and sweet home. My favourite foods are cheese dumplings, spinach dumplings, semolina dumplings and chocolate dumplings. But my real passion is analogue photography.
1. How long have you been a Lomographer? How did you get into it?
I’m a lomographer since a very long time. I read about those two Austrian students who bought the Lomo-factory in the newspaper and was fascinated by their marketing strategy – making a cult out of something which was moribund. I think it was in 1998 when I got my first LC-A. Three years later I became a member of the online lomography community. Since then I became more and more involved in analogue photography and it is now a very important part in my life. I never leave my home without at least one camera. (isn’t this rule number 1?)
2. Write a Lubitel acrostic (each letter in Lubitel spells out a new word)
LETIBUL UnpredictablE Big-shoT ImpulsIve TimeBox EnthUsiasm LUBITEL
3. The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had.
One of the strangest “adventures” I remember was when I was in Berlin together with my Horizon. I never thought that people living in a big city could be so irritated by no more than a strange looking camera making a strange noise. I wonder how people would react when I go on a journey with my Lubitel :-D!
4. If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be (song title & artist please).
Nine Inch Nails: we’re in this together The White Stripes: 300 M.P.H Torrential Outpoor Blues UNKLE: when things explode
5. What should one think about when taking a self portrait?
You should think to adjust the correct settings. Everything else depends on your own creativity, everything is in you. You just have to let it out.
6. How can the Lubitel change your approach to photography or life in general?
I think rule number six - “don’t think” – must be abrogated when you think about getting yourself a Lubitel. You have to think a lot when you use this camera. That’s what I think. Thus you turn into a Philosopher when you own a Lubitel. Change enough???
7. What kind of person is most likely to be a Lubitel Lover?
Tell us all about them.
Everybody who loves to take analogue photos and have the time, the money and the patience to experiment with a camera like the Lubitel is sooner or later going to be a Lubitel Lover.
8. If you could be anywhere, doing anything, right now V where would it be and what would you do?
I would travel into future with my time machine to that point when I will have finished answering all these questions!
9. What is the best frame of mind for excellent Lubitel shots?
What should your attitude be?
To shoot with your Lubitel you should be in calm and creative mood to have the right touch and to keep cool. Especially when you are a newbie like me it’s important to keep everything in mind what is written in the little Lubitel instruction guide :-D.
10. If you could give a Lubitel to anyone in the world (as a gift), who would it be?
I would give a Lubitel to my friend Mia, she’s still searching for her meaning of life :-D.
11. Your advice to future Lubitel shooters.
Careful with that axe, Eugene!