Back to the UK to meet fauxtobes
March 08, 2014
At dubble we love film cameras, wine and awesome dubbles which is why featuring Toby was a no brainer!
I am Toby Mason, I live in Brighton on the south coast of England, and I split my time between importing wine to supply into pubs and bars, and shooting film with a range of analogue cameras. Weapons of choice tend to be LC-A Lomography cameras and an old Olympus OM10, for which I am known as “fotobes”. My digital fix is with my iPhone 5, and I am known on Instagram and Dubble as “fauxtobes”.
I suppose what I try to achieve through my photography is to capture some of the quirky and natural beauty of the world around me. I always carry at least one LC-A with me at all times, and often one or two others loaded with different films. These small point and shoot cameras are perfect for me as they are easy to use, and I never miss a moment as there are very few settings to adjust. I know the capabilities and limitations of these cameras, which gives me a better chance of more good shots on each roll of film. When shooting on my iPhone I enjoy the challenge of getting an interesting looking image with just the phone in my hand.
I usually use the Lomora app to shoot with, and tend to go with the “vintage” filter as a matter of course. I don’t flick between filters and effects at all, as I’d rather spend my time working on a good image rather than flitting between filters and missing something. Lomora also gives me the ability to do my own double exposures. Fairly recently I set up my fauxtobes Instagram account for sharing these shots, and then I joined Dubble when I got my iPhone 5, in December 2013. As I have loved doing several film-swap projects with Lomography analogue cameras, the ability to instantly and randomly do these doubles has been great fun and quite addictive!
I had noticed a few people that I know using Dubble and uploading to Instagram, and I liked the results. Then I just had to wait to upgrade my phone so that it would be compatible with Dubble!
I shoot double exposures in camera with an LC-A+ and a modified LC-A, and love the surreal and the playfulness than can be achieved. I have also undertaken random film-swaps with photographers in Japan, America and Spain, including EBS (exposing both sides of the film) and film soup (deliberately destroying or marking parts of the film) swaps. With my iPhone I sometimes use the Lomora app for doubles, which can achieve fun results and obviously gives me a bit more control than with random film swaps.
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