Stairway, vicinity of the Women's Market, the outdoor market of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1998. (Rolleiflex Tessar f3.5, Ilford HP5.) Click on image to enlarge

Stairway, vicinity of the Women’s Market (aka Georgi Kirkov Pazar), the outdoor market of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1998. (Rolleiflex Tessar f3.5, Ilford HP5.) Click on image to enlarge

My photographic approach involves slow pace and slow cameras.

I prefer fixed lenses to zooms and eschew extreme focal lengths and needlessly high ISO settings.  I enjoy frontal views and strict geometry — this, possibly, a lingering result of  two decades of living and working n the Netherlands long ago, marveling at the ever-present horizon and leisurely cycling along the squared-off fields and linear channeled waterways of the Dutch countryside.

When photographing people, I value the intimacy of eye-contact and mutual recognition and acknowledgement, and prefer the chest-level viewpoint and normal perspective afforded by my old square-format, twin-lens Rolleiflexes.

When it comes to architecture,  I once preferred an analogue Nikon and PC lens and/or a folding field camera, a couple of fine German lenses, and a brace of roll-film backs filled with black/white, color negative, and slide (diapositive) film. Nowadays, however, I dream of someday having access to the speed, light weight, and advanced sensor of a present-day digital camera complete with a few high-quality lenses.

 

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