Kyler Steele is a film photographer and content creator from New Jersey who is always looking for new ways to implement experimentation into his work. In his most recent creative test, he took the Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera preloaded with LomoChrome Turquoise film on his travels to NYC and Texas. Let's take a look at his results and hear about his reactions to the experimental film.
Hi Kyler! Welcome to Lomography Magazine! Can you start off by telling us a bit about yourself and your work?
Hi! My name is Kyler Steele and I am a film photographer from Northern New Jersey. My photography is focused around locations that recall childhood memories and ignite nostalgia (fairs, carnivals, amusement parks, beaches, hotels, etc.) but captured in a colorful almost dystopian way. I want people to think about the passing of time from childhood to adulthood and reflect on how they now view the world differently. I initially focused on my childhood locations such as the Jersey Shore and local parks. Recently, I have been traveling more and bringing my vision to popular locations that were not a part of my childhood but I capture the location using a similar frame to keep a consistent body of work that can expand to more people that didn’t grow up in New Jersey.
What made you decide to pick up the Simple Use Camera with LomoChrome Turquoise film?
I love experimenting with color. When I see a photograph that has distinct, abnormal colors, it forces me to take some extra time to investigate the photograph because it has piqued my interest and curiosity. Infrared and LomoChrome Purple were two of the first ways that I started experimenting with color and bringing a unique look to my photography. LomoChrome Turquoise was a perfect fit for my photography because it inspired me to shoot with a new thought process and dive deeper into my results and process.
Where did you decide to take the camera?
I took the camera with me on a trip to Dallas/Fort Worth and New York City. I carried the camera with me every day so it came to local parks, zoos, aquariums, and many other locations!
Do you have any tips or tricks for shooting with either the camera or the film?
The film reacts very differently depending on the light. During golden hour, the gold light turns to a deep turquoise which is really interesting and fun. On a bright sunny day, the sky becomes a deep orange which was easily my favorite look for how distinct it was. The colors are more subdued during blue hour and cloudy days so I would not shoot as much during those times. As for indoors, using flash is a must for getting sharp photos with bright colors!
Was your approach to shooting with LomoChrome Turquoise different from your approach to shooting regular color negative film?
The first roll I decided to shoot the film during every situation just to learn about its latitude. The second roll I narrowed down my shooting to just during bright sunny days for that unique sky color which is different from my normal shooting times – mostly during golden hour and blue hour. Overall, I was happy to have a film stock that I enjoy shooting during the middle of the day, because some film stocks can come out seeming a little washed out.
Who would you recommend this camera and film combo to?
I would recommend it to the people who want to try something new or are maybe in a creative burnout. Trying a new camera and film is sometimes enough to spark a new passion or help in the direction of a project. I think a deep body of work with LomoChrome Turquoise would be a really interesting project that I would love to see. I personally have never tried to edit my skies in an orange color, and now I am thinking of ways that I could potentially implement this into my current body of work!
Do you have a favorite photo taken with the camera?
My favorite photos are from New York City. I love the way the sky and buildings are colored and it helps me see how colors are rendered from the film for future rolls.
If you could take the Simple Use Camera anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’d really be interested in throwing this camera in some type of underwater dome and shooting some 50/50 shots of underwater/sky in a tropical location. I think the colors and composition would make for some really complex photographs with great colors.
Do you have any upcoming content or projects that you can share with us?
I’m currently working very hard on free photography educational content for my YouTube channel. I really enjoy teaching people as well as documenting some of my days. Other than that, I plan on visiting the Mighty 5 in Utah and catching up on editing from last year's trips to California, Colorado, and Lake Tahoe! Photography has been my main passion since 2018 but recently I have been diving into “cinematic” video as a way to challenge myself in composition and storytelling.
Anything else you'd like to share?
If you have the time to check out my YouTube channel and leave a comment, it would mean the world to me! I’m the only one working on my videos right now so I take feedback very seriously as I try to become a better video editor and educator! Thank you so much for letting me share my thoughts on LomoChrome Turquoise and my own work!