Sometimes every photographer enjoys some playful moments: In taking a self which is actually a quote of famous Feininger self in some way. At Wetzlar, I had fun with the „Caleidoscope Mirrors“ in the pedestrian area. Definitely a place to visit – as a little reminiscence to the photographic history of Wetzlar … and Leica’s famous M-system which belongs to my favorite equipment for years.
Working with those rangefinder cameras is something completely different: Besides of working with a convenient „WYSIWYG“-mode of DSLRs and zoom lenses I’ve always enjoyed the simplicity of the M6 – and still enjoy it with the digital M-system. Reduced to the basics of photographic work, without AF, this camera forces a photographer to strictly focus on personal perceptions and observations, on therefore resulting ideas and thoughts about the image itself, as there is lighting, composition, a concentrated look at people and situations. I consider a range finder camera to be a challenge in terms of photographic skills and creativity as well.
Some additional aspects which are most important for me: First there is … silence. A discrete sound, a gentle click, that’s it. Not that known and sometimes very disturbing noise of a DSLR. Smart sizes of camera bags: Imagine those bulky heavy weight DSLRs with their lenses. Of course they are useful and needed in terms of autofocus, speed of workflow and transmission of photographs in the news business. But as my topics of work are mainly portraiture, coverages and street photography, I prefer in most situations a camera system which doesn’t identify me as a „pro“ at first glance. But gear which enables me to work very discrete – no matter if in a hospice, among criminal youngsters or difficult public and situations in general.