I came to photography relatively late in life, sure like most people, I had taken photos from a young age, but I had little or no interest in the process, it was merely a means to an end, a way of recording holidays and memorable events.
My passions back then as a youth were music and scooters, passions that have remained with me to this day, photography was still to make an impact.
The birth of my first child was the catalyst for me taking a little more of an interest in photography though still not the passion it has become today. Back in 1987 I needed a camera to record his early years and for some reason lost in the mists of time I didn’t think my Olympus Trip 35 would be up to the job.
Money was tight so I was limited as to what I could get to replace it, eventually I settled on a Soviet Import picked up from Dixons in a sale, the now legendary Lomo LC-A.
Back then it was just a cheap camera with little to recommend it over the hundreds of other cameras available at the bottom end of the market, to this day I don’t recall why I chose it though I do know I didn’t get on with the thing so it was quickly relegated to a draw.
Several years later there came a move to Paris and I took the Olympus and Lomo with me, they were small and took up little space, I was moving with a single suitcase so they became my only cameras for quite a while.
I started to experiment with the Lomo more, cross processing film and following the newly formed Lomography society ethos of shooting from the hip.
Soon I was known to those around me as Johnny Lomo and photography was suddenly so much more than something I did on high days and holidays.
(I’ll leave you to figure out why I now go by the Johnny Kiev moniker)
The above image is an example of what I was doing back then, focus was an imprecise science, it was more about capturing the mood and the moment, and hey, who doesn’t love an old red Vespa!