In this new ongoing series "5 Questions on Analogue Photography with…" we send out the same set of questions to photographers. This time Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek – friend, photographer, husband and dog owner – answered these and sent along a selection of his work.
1. Tell us about yourself.
I take pictures and like butterflies and romantic sunsets on the beach. Sometimes I write about myself in the third person.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
Because I spent hours in retouching digital pictures to look more authentic. Especially the skin tones and the grain are almost impossible to look like analogue. I like to compare it with music. Listen to a digital recording on CD and to a analogue vinyl. I love that cracking noise and warm sound. It feels much closer and full to me. The same I feel in photography.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
I have many bags. So it depends on the bag and on the assignment I’m shooting. For portrait jobs I often use my Contax 645 with a full set of lenses, film and digital back (PhaseOne p30+). For reportage I just started to use a Leica R7. For landscape I love my Mamiya 7. Architecture I shoot with Linhof technica iv in 4×5 large format. And for the shots in between I use some point and shoots like a Yashica T5 or Olympus mju-2. I almost forgot… I use Lomo too. Underwater I shoot with LC-A and Krab.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
Just let your subject be themselves.
5. Which photographers influence your work?
Lukasz Wierzbowski, Alec Soth, Nan Goldin, Stephen Shore, Richard Kern, Martin Parr, Dan Winters, Rob Hornstra, Lina Scheynius, Nadav Kander, Hedi Slimane, Corey Arnold, Randy P. Martin, Jeff Luker, Clemens Fantur, Brian Finke, and many more.
Thanks, Daniel, for taking the time to answer these questions! See more of his work on gebhart.dk.