Experimental and otherworldly in nature, today’s extraordinary roll comes courtesy of the talented Hugo Pereira of Marinha Grande, Portugal! Shot using his trusty Lomo Lubitel 166 and a roll of Fujichrome Velvia 50 film, his photos show how he expertly rendered the movement and energy of a night at the carnival into a river of dazzling and mesmerizing lights.
Known under his alias zulupt and for his hugely experimental work in the Lomographic community, we caught up with Hugo to ask to him more about this set of shots:
“I took these shots on a carnival that happens once a year near the place where I live. I love to shoot it at night, making long exposures is a great way to mix the darkness of that kind of place with the bright and colorful lights. This place is a bit creepy at night, you can find really strange people in carnival, at first I felt a bit scared when they speak to me but I’ve found out that it’s only curiosity that moves them and I ended up having great conversations with some very strange people.
We also asked him to share some details about his personal thoughts and experiences with working with film, in which he reveals:
“Film photography was introduced to me since I was a little boy. Back in the days, it was very common to see people using Polaroid, 110, 126 and other film formats, so it was kind of a natural process for me to use film. In the digital photography age, I felt a bit weird and that I was the only person in the world using film. But, in 2006 I happened to stumbled upon Lomography.
“Since then, I have learned a lot about film experimentation and alternative techniques to give that special look to my photos. I have also learned to use different brands of film to achieve different results and that the gear was also very important. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cheap plastic camera or a high-end camera; all that matters is the final result.
“At first, photography was only a hobby but it began to grow. Now, I do lectures and workshops about experimental photography and I also take part in many other projects and exhibits.”
When asked about his thoughts on what made a truly great roll of film, Hugo shared:
“For me, a great collection is about consistency; all shots have to make some kind of sense and a theme, something that, somehow, tells a story or gives an introduction to your collection.”
To see more of Hugo’s amazing work, please visit his pages below:
Camera – Lomo Lubitel 166
Film – Fujichrome Velvia 50