1. Age and gender
Male, 46 years old
2. Do you shoot professionally (digital and/or analog)? What subjects do you shoot in that case?
Twice a wedding, twice a funeral, once portrait series of a band - rest is amateur.
3. When did you start shooting analogically, and when did you start photographing (if you started out with digital photography)?
Got my first camera when I was about 17 (2nd hand analogue camera in 1984). Started seriously with photography in 2001 (analogue) with multiple cameras.
4. What equipment (camera) do you use?
Nikon like F2, F4s, F5, FM3a, Leica M7, Bronica SQ-B, Bronica RF-645, Agfa Clack,Rolleiflex T2, Leica SL, old russian FKD plate camera, pinhole cameras.
I use mostly pinhole cameras (converted old cameras or self build wooden cameras) and Leica M7 and Bronica SQ-B.
5. Do you develop your film yourself, and what technique do you use in that case?
B&W since 2001 with a simple Jobo tank (135 mm film and roll film), I'm thinking of taking up color development.
6. Why do you shoot analogically and what benefits do you think there is with analogue photography?
Mostly for the fun of it. It also suits me better. Since 2001 digital photography and Photoshop came up rapidly, starting to make analogue a dying art. I decided to go the opposite way mastering the analog darkroom art. Since then I also followed several courses in the old photographic procedures (Post-Factory Photography) from before 1900, like Cyanotype, gum printing, bromoil printing, albuminen printing and salt printing. I also like to "slow down" and go into the field with my old russian FKD plate camera (18x24 cm negatives). It takes me 2 or 3 hours for making just one shot and I enjoy it. I also like to build wooden pinhole cameras and go out and shoot with it. Pinhole Photography is really back to basic.
I also have one digital camera and Photoshop and it is very handy sometimes, but my hart is at analogue photography. Especially manual focus cameras.
My motto is a saying of Ansel Adams: " ... avoiding the common illusion that photography depends on equipment alone ... " (quote from his book: The Camera). Sometimes I think the digital world hasn't grasped that yet. A simple manual focus camera with only 12 to 36 shots makes me think more about what I really want to shoot and how. Instead of shooting hundreds of images, sifting it out later on a computer. I want to see the image in my mind before I press the shutter, instead of afterwards on a LCD on the back of the camera. Just my way of getting away of a hectic world.
7. Are there any particular subjects that you think that analogue photography is particularly suitable for, respectively not suitable for?
Not suitable: maybe for very fast photography, like shooting a wedding at City Hall or the church and have to show the images the same evening. But in the end analogue it is suitable for everything.
For me analogue photography - with a manual camera - is very suitable to get some piece of mind, to get poetic or even creative, or just have some fun all by myself.
8. Will you continue to shoot analogically in the future?
Yes, I certainly will!!
I'm rebuilding the attic above my garage into a darkroom.
If you also shoot digitally:
9. Approximately how much of your photography do you estimate that you shoot analogically?
Time related: 80% analogue.
Number of images: 20% analogue.
10. What is it that makes you not photograph only analogically?
Sometimes digital is handy, for instance to shoot something and post it quickly on internet.
Digital photography is like using a computer to send an email. But to me analogue photography is like enjoying writing a nice and long letter, hand written with a fountain pen on some good stationary to a good friend or a person in need. Or receive one myself ;-)
11. Is there anything that could make you photograph analogically even more?
More free time, cheaper film