Bring your giant medium format camera to work

A photographer is never really putting down his camera, no matter what crazy thing she or he is doing for a living or filling the days with. Since we are not living in an ideal world, most of us have to face the limitation of time and availability of light in our everyday life.

But limitations are not necessarily bad things! They teach us to utilize our possibilities more creatively by forcing us to see and think in ways we would normally not choose to. This, of course, influences our work as well as ourselves and vice-versa. Eventually this feedback loop can contribute our personal and photographic development similarly to the way the ever-changing environment influences life forms and pushing them towards evolution.

Currently, my job is to sit in an office and convince computers to obey to the needs of their human masters. Making their lives easier by sending them nice, well formed and most importantly correct invoices. As interesting as it sounds, but it is somewhat fulfilling to my geek side which likes to brain wrestler with abstract problems.

But it makes my photographer side starve because the current situation has a very little room for photography. Especially now when the winter is coming. Days are shorter and shorter, so more and more frequently I end up to spend most of the hours filled with natural light in between walls in my natural working environment.

To overcome this obvious contradiction, I decided to make occasionally a “bring your giant medium format camera to work day“.  I started to bug my colleges and taking portraits of them during lunch brakes or when I need to wait for my computer to finish a long-lasting blocking task.

The point is, you don’t need to stop being a photographer, just because the conditions are not ideal for the kind of photography you are normally up to. Try to get out the most of the situation and who knows this might drive you to completely unforeseen paths and discoveries.

Jogi, Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm, Fuji Across 100, Kodak D76, Canoscan 9900F

Jogi is a musician besides being a software engineer and in my opinion, they are making pretty cool music.  Their website http://www.theflamingdugongs.at/  is not complete yet, but worth to have a look at.

Barbara, Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm, Fuji Across 100, Kodak D76, Canoscan 9900F
Janez, Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 120mm, Fuji Across 100, Kodak D76, Canoscan 9900F
Kyrylo, Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 120mm, Fuji Across 100, Kodak D76, Canoscan 9900F

Kyrylo was so pleased with his portrait that he visited me at my desk (2 floors below his place) to shake my hands right after I sent it to him.

Hannes, Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm, Fuji Across 100, Kodak D76, Canoscan 9900F
Marco, Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm, Ilford HP5, Kodak D76, Canoscan 9900F

Naturally, it is not my top priority to photograph at work, and I always make sure that this does not have any effect on my everyday responsibilities. It took me quite a while (about 2 months) to get these images. Though they are not perfect, I enjoyed taking them they are part of my journey.

8 thoughts on “Bring your giant medium format camera to work”

  1. Nice photos. Good idea to take camera to work. I find that many places are boring or difficult to photograph. But people are never boring. I love photographing people. The results are often good 😉

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    1. Thanks, as you can see, I also like to photograph people. Mainly relatives, friends and colleges though. But sometimes I ask strangers as well.

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  2. good practice! and nice anecote about the guy wanting to shake your hand. I like that none of the shots have the face completely sharp, because of the tight dof, giving a certain pleasing softness as well to the shots -which I guess people like 🙂

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  3. Hi there,i’ve been looking through your blog and its very nice and sophisticated, and some of your pictures are breathtaking! It might be odd but can I ask a question for my own blog? Do you see the tags at the top of each of your posts (Portrait,Gallery,Essay,Diary) can you please tell me and what those are? how can I add these small tags to the top of my post? I hope you can direct me 🙂 thank you

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    1. Hi,

      For me those are the categories I set when editing the post. I guess the display depends on the theme you are using.

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  4. I love the title, Gabor! 😉 Time is in short supply currently for me. Especially time without the kids where I can take more than 1/2s to take a shot. I may need to copy you and take the portraits of my co-workers.

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  5. Crazy to shoot film? Oh no, far from it. People who embraced digital are now returning to film or curious to try it.
    Ask Ffordes of Inverness, Grays of Westminster (where you can still buy brand new Nikon F3 cameras for £2500 each) or Peter Loy how many film cameras they have sold this year. Result might surprise you. As a sign that Leica do not think rolls of film are going to disappear, a couple of years ago they brought out the M-A. This all manual camera has no meter in it plus, each new body comes with a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO mono film!

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