Large Format Photography in Paris…Part #2 – The People Behind And With The 4X5.

In continue for the last post about the experience of taking the 4X5 and picturing paris.

now im going to dedicate it for the people i met along the way. Not a lot but was totally worth to pull out the camera and take it with the 4X5 instead of digital.

Thank you for the creative people that took a part: The makeup artists: Allison Depp and Michelle Catillon, Alex,Irina,Anna and Martina from Metropolitan Models, Pierre from Major Models Milan, Paolo Wutrich, David Ravet, and my beautiful girlfriend, Sidney Kraemer.

Beautiful Sidney in the streets of Paris. © Benjo Arwas

Actor, David Ravet. © Benjo Arwas

Model, Alex K. © Benjo Arwas

Model, Irina N. © Benjo Arwas

Actor/Model, Paolo Wutrich. © Benjo Arwas

Shooting people with a 4X5 or any kind of format rather than 35mm is always great experience. you feel your hand in the photograph and psychology wise, your subject/model is aware for something different (for nowadays) and giving you the stage to create.

back in the days, all the photographs were created on large/medium format so it wasn’t really matter. people were used to it. at some place after 35mm was invented it got vanished and “old-school”. today, when im bringing my camera infront of 18 years old model, or even actors for portraits, they have NO idea what they standing infront of. thats my proof.

It’s fun for the interaction, it’s fun for the creation, the quality is equivalent to 60-90 MP. The tonality and grain of the film is just on the spot.

Here are couple of photographs i took of the models with the actual cameras, as a part of the story. really random decision on set just to push it inside and to change the photograph idea/concept.

Pierre @ Major Models, Milan. © Benjo Arwas

Martina @Metropolitan Models, Paris. © Benjo Arwas

Anna @Metropolitan Models, Paris. © Benjo Arwas

Alex @Metropolitan Models, Paris. © Benjo Arwas

Richard Avedon:

“Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me. My concern is… the human predicament; only what I consider the human predicament may simply be my own.”

I kind of feel the same way. The portraits i’m taking are eventually my self portrait and what iv’e felt this day, or what inspired me. The people i’m shooting are my inspiration and they completing my story. i can;t take a model and force her/him to do something that it’s not in their nature. it’s must to be in their natural environment, i see that in them and trying to capture the most of it. even sides of them that they were never aware of. Thats my fun and passion to photograph people.

With actors/actresses is more easy because of their nature is to broadcast personality and characters. a benefit to a model is to have this kind of gem.

Thank you for reading and please follow up for the next part about the 4X5 polaroids and transparents i made in Paris.

PS – if you haven’t seen the Part #1 of the post, CLICK HERE

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions/comments/feedbacks.

Cheers,

Benjo.

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12 thoughts on “Large Format Photography in Paris…Part #2 – The People Behind And With The 4X5.

  1. I’m curious which lens you are using with your Crown Graphic? there are a lot on ebay that include the Schneider 135mm f4.5 . Love the look of this.

    • hey, thank you for the comment.

      it’s the 127mm F4.7 and all the images have been shoot on wide open f4.7.

      for my surprise its tack sharp. (most of the time) and easy to focus, even though i wasn’t too sure. but now im confident.

      cheers and good luck,
      B

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  3. Picture making is so much fun with a 4X5 camera and the crown graphic is a great camera to use..portable and easy to use. I used 4X5 for years and will say that because there is so much to learn about that format and the many cameras made to use 4X5 sheet film (do you know that there are adaptors that will let you use 2 1/4 roll film?) anyway, you have a real journey in front of you if you continue with 4X5.

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