Guilherme Scaglione has been part of the Lomography community for around a decade after he visited a Lomography store by chance in 2013. Since then he's been traveling the world, visiting places such as the Czech Republic and Portugal, and using cameras like the La Sardina, Diana Mini, and Lomo LC-Wide to preserve these memories. Besides this, he captures intimate moments with friends and lovers, documenting love on film. Today we talk to Guilherme and learn about his story, his fondness for lomography cameras, and what Pride month means to him.
Hi Guilherme, can you introduce yourself and tell us how you started your analogue photography journey?
I am Guilherme, a 28-year-old economist from Brazil now living in Europe. Analogue photography caught my eye in 2013 when Lomography had a store right in the heart of São Paulo. I was amazed by the design of the cameras and the endless possibilities they offered when shooting film.
How would you describe your style of photography?
Photography has always been very spontaneous for me, allowing me to have very fluid styles over the years. Nowadays I would say I have been exploring more of a “contemplative” side of photography, shooting things that portray my internal thoughts and emotions.
The La Sardina seems to be one of your favorite cameras to use. Can you tell us about your story with the camera?
The La Sardina was my first analogue camera, which I bought as soon I received my first salary from my first paid job when I was a teenager. I used it for many years and took it with me mostly everywhere I went. As I became fond of Lomography I started trying out different 35 mm film ones: the Holga 135BC, the Diana Mini, and the current go-to one,
the Lomo LC-Wide. They all have a different history and a special place in my heart.
What techniques that you’ve learned with the La Sardina can you share with us?
The La Sardina is an all-around camera but the thing I loved the most was taking portraits with it. I loved using the flash to shoot them. It is very potent and allowed me to switch between four colors. To make sure that the red, yellow, and blue colors would be in evidence I always shot portraits in low-light environments. Also, the white filter for the flash is extremely handy, especially for portraits using high ISO films.
You also mentioned you are currently using the Diana Mini and Lomo LC-Wide. Can you tell us about your story with these cameras?
The Diana Mini was a pleasant surprise and my first experience with a camera that shoots in different frames! It was very fun to begin exploring this new possibility with it.
The LC-Wide is my go-to camera. It is excellent, portable, sturdy, and very friendly with many types of experimentation. With it I have shot not only 35 mm but also instant film using the Instant Back and had great results!
From your photos you seem to be doing a lot of traveling. Is there a place that stands out as a particular favorite so far?
So far my favorite place to visit was Kutná Hora. It is a small Czech historic jewel located east of Prague. It has one of the most amazing views I have ever seen. It felt like going back in the past while living in the present! The Vlašský dvůr, a fortified settlement from the late 13th century is very much worth the visit! Also, the Cathedral of St. Barbara is hands down the most beautiful one I’ve ever been to. Fall is the best time to visit since the small historic center is surrounded by beautiful nature!
Do you have any advice or anything you want to share with the Lomography community?
Analogue photography is a process of trying and learning, and on top of it, all film gives you the opportunity to experiment! Embrace this wilderness and you will most definitely end up surprising yourself.
Some of your photos depict scenes of queer love. How important is it for your to document these moments?
I have always tried to put emotion into my pictures, and shooting those showing love is perhaps the most soothing thing for me.
As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, what does pride month mean to you?
Pride month is with no doubt the best moment to celebrate our existence as the LGBTQIA+ community and to remind ourselves to keep fighting every day for a better world.