“I would describe my works as a journey between love, chaos and joy.”
We sat down with the talented Melbourne photographer Kevin Laminto to talk about the future of social media, the perfect picture and his love for old movies.
What’s your philosophy in life?
I think my philosophy in life would be this: Everything looks different from the perspective of a camera, and hence why I started taking pictures. As you look through either my instagram feed or website, you will notice that I tend to photograph only people, to be more precise, teenagers. And I think I love doing this since we are only young once, and that’s why we should always capture that moments like sadness, happiness, joy, fear, or even love. I wanted to capture these moments so one day, we could look back through this photograph and we can say that we once lived life to the fullest.
I am so in love with your work. And I love reading your captures on instagram aswell. How much time do you spend on a post?
I usually spend around 30mins to an hour trying to come up with a great captions and quotes for my pictures, since I wanted to put some old movie feels to it and that is because old films have been forgotten by this generations and I think old movie feels are really soothing and beautiful, the dust and film grain on it shows the effort peole back then put in order to put life to a still pictures.
And what do you think is the future of social media? I feel like it´s kind of dying…
Personally, I don’t really care. For me, social media is just a platform to show my works to other people and we should connect more with people near us, we should cherish those people around us because one day we might not know wether they will be able to see us again or not.
A perfect picture is….
A picture that’s not only aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, but also has a meaning and story behind it.
“I wanted to capture these moments so one day, we could look back through this photograph and we can say that we once lived life to the fullest.”
Your work is full of youth, nostalgia and melancholy and it makes me think. How would you describe your own work?
I would describe my works as a journey between love, chaos and joy.
Do you judge a magazine by its cover? Not at all!
What was your longest relationship?
My longest relationship would be almost two years of being together.
What’s the one thing you would like to change about yourself?
I, myself, am not that open to anyone, maybe to my closest friend, but in general, I’m a really introvert person and I guess by taking pictures of my friends and loved ones, it helps me being more open and it forces me to step out from my comfort zone. So i think I would probably change that, not much tho! Just a bit ahahaha
“We should connect more with people near us because one day we might not know wether they will be able to see us again or not.”
What song makes you unconditionally happy?
Between The bars by Elliot Smith, it sounds sad, but the melody just calms me every time my mind takes over.
Your favorite place in Melbourne?
Carpark rooftop; I would often go to this rooftop since it’s well hidden from the public. I often go to the rooftop to calms my mind, or even just hanging out there chilling, and sometimes I would go there at night just go stargaze!
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I’m looking myself somewhere where I’ll have the opportunities to make new cool friends to hang out with, not just regular friends, but a real friends, and I would look as well for an opportunities to develop my skills, take on some interesting stuffs that I actually enjoyed, live my life to the fullest, and work with people I can really learn from.