Lomography x Zenit New Petzval Lens Artist Interview: Hans Hendley

Hans has been an ardent lover of analogue photography for over 15 years. His photos, while beautiful, denotes sensitivity; he lets us see his surroundings in an almost poetic, sensual way. He presents space in a kind of erotic way. Hans, who was part of the Lomography team for over three years, was one of the first enthusiasts to shoot his analogue Nikon camera with the new Lomography Petzval x Zenit Lens.

Age: 32
Profession: Training and Performance Manager for niche retail
Country: USA
Lomohome: hanshendley

How long have you been a Lomographer?
I first began experimenting with the Lomographic approach around 2002. However, I’ve been a dedicated analogue photographer since 1996, when it wasn’t really a choice to shoot film instead of digital.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Texas but have been living in NYC for a while now – two very different lifestyles. I work full time so my free moments are spent devoted to my many creative outlets. Photography is truly a passion and I get immense pleasure from it. Making photographs is how I make sense of the world and therefore, how I make sense of myself. I read a book recently called “Photography Changes Everything” by Marvin Heiferman and I totally believe in that statement. I’ve been known to dabble in video, music, cooking and more recently perfumery. I wish there were more hours in the day and that I didn’t need sleep!

What’s your favorite analogue camera? Why?
The original Russian made LC-A. Yes, it’s quirky and I own many “better” cameras but if I could only keep one, the LC-A would be it. It just works for me – I can shoot without having to think about the camera itself and just be in the moment. I don’t need to look at the camera to focus or compose I’m so comfortable with it.

How was your experience with the Petzval Lens?
Quite enjoyable. I wish I had more time with it – on my wish list now. I found the lens attracted a lot of attention and helped me make some new friends.

Which are your favorite pictures taken with the Petzval lens?
I have two. One is a portrait I took of my friend Ramon and then I handed him the camera and he took one of me. The light was really special that afternoon.

Please share a tip or two on how to get better pictures with this lens.
Shoot wide open. This lens is all about the bokeh so show it off! Just make sure you focus precisely.

If you could be anywhere in the world with your camera right now, where would that be and why?
It’s bitter cold in New York these days so some place warm is really what I’m wishing for! But in all seriousness, I’m quite happy where I am and if I feel like I’m losing that happiness I’ll go somewhere else.

What’s the most unforgettable experience you’ve had with analogue photography?
This actually happened recently – I sat down at a neighborhood restaurant that I frequent and the bartender said “Hey I have something weird to tell you… I was at this thrift store and they had a bin of all these random photos and there was a picture of you right on the top!” Wow this is intriguing… I asked her what store and went there a few days later and behold was an analogue photo of me taken several years ago sitting there amongst all of the randoms. I have no idea how it got there.

You can see more of Han’s work in his Flickr Gallery.

written by antoniocastello on 2014-02-05 in #people #lomoamigos #analogue-photography #color-negatives #portraits #antonio-castello #35mm-films #lomohome #juan #interview #canon #films #petzval #hoyos #petzval-artist-interview #photographer #analogue-cameras #lens #hans-hendley #art

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