Create (daily): Snow, Rain, Fire

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Playing around with the digital camera. Flames on the fence? Or what you can do playing with reflections and perspective. Snow, rain, fire The fireplace in my office was reflecting onto the window. I changed perspective to create the perception that the fire is on top of the snow covered fence. No photoshop, all in camera.   abstract … office … Read More

Create (daily): 3 Rolls of Film

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In the book I am reading “SHOW YOUR WORK”, author Austin Kleon talks about sharing behind the scenes stuff. I typically don’t do that, not sure why not? Maybe because I feel it’s not that interesting. But I decided I will share more things via my Create (Daily) posts. And so this seems to be a good platform to share stuff like this. Today, I finished the another roll of Kodak Portra 400, and have now 3 undeveloped rolls. Most of these photographs were shot in downtown Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Some of them were at night.

Create (daily): The Beginner’s Mind

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Here a short-form daily blog post with random topics on creativity and the creative process. Things I read: at the moment, I am reading “SHOW YOUR WORK” by Austin Kleon. The book is small and inspirational, and talks about 10 ways to share your creativity. Under #1: you don’t have to be a genius, Austin talks about how we may … Read More

Episode 006: An American Mile (with Kyle McDougall)

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In today’s episode, I have a discussion with Kyle McDougall about his project An American Mile.  In American Mile, Kyle depicted a 256 days trip across the United States, exploring the small towns and backroads that are strewn across its vast landscape. We discuss this project and also projects in general. And along the way, touch on other topics such as medium film, sequencing (of images), format (of negatives), film stocks, printing, color, consistency, style and other topics related to the creative process.

Film photography with a classic Kodak black and white film

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Photographic film - Black and white

Kodak TriX: A classic black and white film Film cameras, and film are ultimately tools for artistic expression of the photographer. Within film photography, the choice of film stock is a major determinant of the final “look” of the image. Previously, I discussed my thoughts on film photography in great length in a two-part post (part 1, part 2). In … Read More

Let’s break the rule of thirds and other photography rules

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Do you like to break rules? I do. Especially the ones that don’t make a lot of sense like the “rule of thirds”. This rule and others are some aesthetic rules in photography that are commonly encountered and taught. And the myths continue to live on and perpetuate (also by mindless copying) as online content ranging from youtube to forums … Read More

Composition in photography: approaching the subject

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Composition in photography: definition In photography composition is the way in which something (a photograph) is put together or arranged.  It is the combination of parts or elements that make up something. It is what we put in the frame and where we put it. In other words, it is the design, arrangement, layout of (compositional) elements in a photography … Read More

The intersection of creative art forms: music and photography

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Many art forms appear to intersect at times.  For me personally,  the intersection of music and photography is particularly interesting. As an active musician and photographer, I am always surrounded by my tools: cameras and musical instruments. Naturally, I have been taking many pictures of my instruments. How can such connections / intersections help with creativity, beyond the obvious? For … Read More

The camera, the negative, the print – thoughts on film photography in 2020 (part 1)

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Film photography in 2020 My journey back into film started in 2019. I thought it would be fun to discuss why I like film photography as my main medium.  This is part 1 of a two part series. To read part two, click here. Nikon 35mm film camera with 35mm color film The renaissance of film photography Film photography has … Read More

Why I Choose Film for Street Photography

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Photography - Photographic film

I’ve been questioned numerous times about my predilection for film photography. The interrogator’s rationale goes something like, “But digital is so convenient and you can do so many things with digital that you can’t do with film.” I don’t disagree. But none of that has anything to do with why I shoot film. As generic as the arguments for digital … Read More

Guest Post on 35mmc Photography Blog: Architectural photography with a 50mm lens (and some thoughts on minimalism)

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I wrote another guest blog for Hamish Gill’s 35mmc Blog Site, you can find it here. Some thoughts on Minimalism I have long been fascinated and influenced minimalism as an art form, minimalist design and minimalist architecture. When I was younger, I studied the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and other architects, and still own some “minimalist” furniture … Read More

Black and white architecture film photography

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​Black and white architectural film photography As mentioned previously, I have been enjoying architectural photography recently. I was fortunate enough to be able to continue this through the lockdown (in Minnesota: stay at home order). Below are some of my favorite images over the last two months. I indicated film stock and camera / lens. M3 is Leica M3 35mm … Read More

Guest post on 35mmc: 40 Year Old Black and White Film: Experiments with Three German Film Stocks (and a 1955 Leica M3)

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I wrote another guest post on Hamish Gill’s 35mmc blog. This post, and the particular experiments leading to the post were not necessarily planned. Wendell Cheek, also a reader of the 35mmc blog, contacted me after reading one of my recent blogs on 35mmc on Rollei films via Instagram. Wendell asked me if I would be interested in comparing some of his … Read More

More architectural photography

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More architectural photography I have been enjoying architectural photography recently, both film and digital. Here I am sharing some most recent film photography architectural photographs captured with a Hasselblad 500cm with a 80mm Zeiss Planar 2.8 lens. I also want to give a quick shoutout to Gerald Greenwood, a UK based photographer. I used his development technique (Rodinal semi-stand development) … Read More

Why black and white?

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Black and white - street photography

Ultimately it comes down to artistic choice on why to pursue black and white photography.  I have been making that choice a priori in my image creation process for the majority of my personal work these days. Below are some of the reasons why I currently focus on B&W photography.

Street and architecture photography in Basel

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Architecture In continuation of my architecture series, I wanted to share some more architecture photographs. I just returned from a trip to my hometown Basel, and loved some of the architecture I saw. It helped that the weather was cooperating, not necessarily always the case in February! It was unusually warm, but also a nice change to the typically freezing … Read More

Architecture

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Architecture Architecture is fascinating. And I love to work in series. In particular in mini-series. And I love film photography. After working on a winter flower and mini-winter landscape series, I spend most of my time in the cities. Going out and photographing some architectural detail was a lot of fun, and inspired me to do more. I have been … Read More