In our ongoing series "5 questions on analogue photography with..." we send out the same set of questions to different photographers. This time we talked with Larissa Honsek. She's well known in our community as Novemberkind and blew our mind with her stunning pinhole pictures! Moreover, she's the co-author of the Obscura Book, a picture book about pinhole photography. Get to know more about the Berlin based photographer and check out her gallery!
Name: Larissa Honsek
Occupation: Graphic designer
1. Tell us something about yourself in three sentences maximum.
I work and live in Berlin, and “work with media”. About two years ago, I fell in love with photography. Since then, I’m collecting cameras and am trying to find my personal style. Photographing with a pinhole camera fascinates me the most.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
The special technique of analogue photography, shooting without a lens, fascinates me. It’s harder to work with fixed concepts. If you plan a picture, it usually turns out differently. And you get all kind of results: surprisingly good, okay and horrible. That’s why I usually shoot without a concept and just follow my visual idea, which might work out. You shoot by instinct. Every picture and all the knowledge you receive through it, creates the basis for your next image. Not knowing what you’re going to capture makes it so interesting. The journey is its own reward. The concept emerges later. Anyway I let others develop my films. And I also use a few color and contrast corrections.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
A small lightmeter, usually four films, always medium format (2x color, 2x black-and-white, one with 160 ISO and one with 400 ISO). Usually, I make my decisions before I start packing my equipment, but you never know. In 80% of cases I pick a pinhole camera (Holga, Diana or Zero Image), in 20% of cases I choose a Praktika, Mamiya, Nikon (D90/D600 digital) and my iPhone.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
It needs to look like you’ve never seen the picture — concerning the optics and the theme. I often try to get a calm background when using a pinhole camera. As far as you can influence that. It often works, but not ALWAYS.
5. Which photographers influence your work?
I can’t remember names very well. I know that some famous and some unknown photographers have influenced me. I’m a grateful flickr-member. The diversity is huge! I’m just completing a community picture book about pinhole photography and all the different point of views and works photographers have sent us. And also these have surprised and influenced me.
If you want to get inspired too and/or support our book project, you can do this on Indiegogo (igg.me/at/OBSCURA-BOOK). Thanks in advance!
Thanks for answering our questions, Larissa!
If you want to know more about Larissa and see more of her pictures, check out www.Novemberkind.com or follow her on Facebook. More information about the Obscura Book can be find on www.obscura-book.com.