Large Format Photography in Paris…Part #1 – the journey and the icons

Paris was a whole playground and if you remember one of my last posts about the street photography so here is a short reminder.

One day before i left California, in warm June, i decided to buy a new camera. not digital, not expensive, but remarkable, compact and fun (and a bit complicated) to work with – Field Camera – Crown Graphic – 4X5.

It’s what you see used by dapper newspapermen in the 1940s and 1950s. You can get these for a couple of hundred dollars WITH a perfectly fine lens. a 10X10 size box that you can open, pull the bellows out and shoot handheld.

For me the highlights of the trip was to shoot film on that camera, the process, the handling, the thought that im creating like they used to create 100 years ago in the streets of paris. hanging around with monopod, or tripod in heavy shoots and just pulling out film holders, metering and click click click.

i came back with bunch of 4X5 sheets that i just got developed and over 70(!!!) 4X5 polaroids – black and white, colors and transparents. amazing experience shooting people, places, fashion editorials, portraits and some personal work.

After sitting for hours, scanning, examine, processing and “printing” out the negatives – 1 sure thing for all those who keep and telling me that they can get the same with digital photography. i must tell – dont waste your time on trying to copy a technique or to try and do something, where you can get it in a 1/30th shutter release and mark it on a big 4X5 sheets or even better on 8X10. i love medium format as well, but 4X5 is THEE thing.

Dynamic range, clarity, sharpness, fine grain, depth of field that only in your dreams you can get with the top 35mm cameras and lenses, details and of course – just the great feeling that you created the image in your own hands – in camera.

So in this post, bellow, ill attach couple of images i made with ILFORD HP5 400 and Delta 100. (i’m pretty new for ILFORD and used to shoot only Kodak, but as always, im open minded and dont mind to try new things, especially in new places like Paris.)

The shoots were photographed handheld, monopod, or just found a random staircase to place the camera stable on it. enjoy it!

All the photos got picked by Photo Vogue and going straight to my stock.

Hope youll enjoy it and stay posted for my upcoming develops which including a whole fashion spread with the Parisian model/actor – Paolo Wutrich, some portraits i took of models and people i love, and of course all my the polaroids i was taking during models tests or fashion editorials.

cheers and happy September sessions.


2 weeks in the city of lights – Paris

After 2 weeks of the city of lights, Paris, i realized how much this city is a libarary of inspiration – Design, Architecture, History, culture, tradition, language, people, music, fashion, style and on and on. its never ends.

i was in need of this kind of break from the californian waves and to reach to this kind of well done inspirational injection.

In the first 2 weeks i travelled the streets, wonder, got lost, discovered and still i am dont get how come the sunset is a bit late around 11pm(!!!). days as days, nights as days here. and you never get enough!

walking with a camera in the streets is like heaven for the photographer. everyone are part of your movie and your cast. everyone well dressed and ready for you to capture them. street photography is how i began my journey into photography. and this is literarily heaven for photographers.

Im et new people, made new connections, already got the opportunity to work with top model agencies here and great creative people!

Of course enjoying with Sidney as much as we can and together were making some self realization about everything from career, life, inspiration, people, glad and love the fact that i can share my stuff with someone that close to my heart here.

so here are some snap shoots from the past 2 weeks that already on my Art + COMMERCE // Italian Vogue stock images page.

Appreciate your time for reading it and please don’t hesitate to contact me for anything!

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Cheers and happy summer.