Experienced, well travelled and meanwhile seasoned amateur who is into street photography and architecture
HOW I STARTED ?
At the age of ? ? ? I "stole" the old Agfa Silette from my dad :-) I just liked the fat "klick" when pushing the shutter.
Some years later I changed to a "real" camera NIKON F301 and spent almost all of my savings at that time. Pretty soon I invested in a lab too and gradually upgraded my equipment with various NIKONs and lenses.
I photographed a lot and was mainly into details I saw on the street and in daily life. Mainly b/w. These are still my favourite subjects today.
Of course the usual travel stuff with a focus on street scenes rather than beaches... so here we come to...
WHAT DO I SHOOT / WHAT DO I LIKE ?
Not only shooting but also watching. Isn't Photography about watching !? All kinds of reportage and street scenes. People, details, series, architecture. Nature is a rather rare topic but I developped a growing interest in architechture.
ffrom 2005 to 2008 I was living in Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia and extensively travelled in South East Asia.
During 2010 to 2011 I was travelling to Warsaw quite regulary.
Moving to Moscow / Russia in Sep 2013 there is a whole new world to explore.
Since Jan 2018 I'm located in Paris for the next 2 to 3 years...
In general I'm the purist-kind-of-type, i.e. I'm not into experimental phototgraphy neither do I fiddle around with the photos on my Mac (except b/w conversion and a little contrast, colors, sharpening...).
Recently though I doing more colour shots and do admit, that some excessive editing can be fun as well... :-)
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I USE?
I recently changed from my beloved Nikons to a Fuji X-Pro 2. Considered to be the poor mans Leica I'm amazed of the handling, build and quality of the camera. So far using three fixed lenses from 18mm to 50mm
Furthermore I own a small Fuji X20 which I use when I don't wanna carry around the big one. Amazing little thing... . As long as you know what it can do and what not - it's OK. Then again: Photography is about watching 1st and technics only 2nd...
Very very seldom I grab one of the cameras of my small classic camera collection: a NIKON FM, a russian-made Zenith 11, a GDR made Praktika, a MINOX 35. Another "toy" is Snapseed on my iPhone ... ;-)
Let me finally quote something which describes photography best in my opinion:
If you Photo isn't good you haven't been CLOSE enough.