The Sleeper and the Dreamer is a film photographer from Hong Kong. She shared her 5 main reasons why she love shooting film with us before. And today, we asked her some questions to know more about her background in photography.
Hi Sleeper, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Not much really. I love to be anonymous. Beside photography, I also love movie and music. I spent most of my time dreaming and the rest of the time traveling.
How did you get started and interested in film photography?
I studied photography in university. And being in the course, I had access to the darkroom where I love to spend hours inside. I think that’s how I get started with film photography.
A few years ago, I was really impressed by the magic of polaroid pictures. And it allows me to shoot nude without being seen by the lab guys. That’s how it all started.
What camera did you start with, what are film cameras you use now?
I think the first film camera I bought for myself is a Nikon FM10. I never like that camera very much. Then I spent quite a lot of time on eBay hunting for cheap used film cameras.
Now I mostly shoot polaroid with my SX70 SonarOneStep (such a long name) and SX70 (original model). And then there is the Kiev 88 for shooting 120 film. And last but not least, I have my Nikon FE2 and Olympus Trip35 for shooting 135 film. I really love all these cameras. They are all unique, reliable and solid. And they are all so beautiful.
Are you a full time photographer or is it just a hobby?
I am not a “professional” and never want to be. It’d be great if you can earn a living from doing what you love. But I can’t continue to love photography if I do it for money. As a hobbyist, I just take pictures for myself not for anyone.
Who are your favorite film photographers? Any inspirations?
This is hard. I mean I really like seeing the photos from other photographers from flickr. But I can’t say I have my favorite photographer yet. They are all good in their unique ways.
About inspirations, I think it’s all about finding beauty in ordinary things. First spend more time on observing and admiring the beautiful things. Then just capture the beauty with the camera.
Do you have any tips for someone who’s just picking up a film camera?
Buy a cheap used camera. Don’t spend the money on a “good camera”. Instead, buy more films and buy a ticket to travel. That’s what make good pictures.
Thank you for taking your time to share your story with us!
More of her work can be found on her website, Flickr and Tumblr.