In this new and ongoing series, we have selected some of the most enthusiastic film photography fanatics and asked them 5 simple questions that gives us an insight into their passion for all things analogue. We also get to see some of their own photographs. Today, we talk to Menan Man.
Name: Menander Manoussakis
1. Tell us about yourself in three sentences maximum?
I grew up in a little village in the south of Greece, nature and old stuff like old houses cars and boats were always in my surroundings an influenced my visions. Now, I live in Patras City a “student city” where everything runs slow. I do some sports like BMX, surfing and diving, I play music a bit and like to get lost in weird locations with my old cameras.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
It’s mainly about the feeling I get when I shoot. I also love the look of film, its latitude, texture and grain and the larger formats that give you the opportunity to adjust the depth of field much more. It’s also about the ability to have some nice old lenses that you can get without spending a fortune. Another reason is that having all my photos on film is a much more permanent medium than digital files. I develop print and scan everything by myself because I love the whole process.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
I almost always carry my pinhole camera that is small and light and often I take my Lubitel and/or my Kiev 60 with the 180mm Sonnar and the 50mm Flektogon wide angle. Sometimes I also take the Arsat 80mm and the Fisheye. With regards to films, I mostly shoot with expired black and white that I find in second hand camera shops in Berlin, and for colour I shoot slides.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
That’s a difficult question. As Robert Capa said “if your pictures aren’t good enough you’re not close enough”, but I think there is no recipe to guarantee a good photo. I think that it’s all about listening to your inside eye and not thinking too much about it.
5. What photographers influence your work?
There are numerous great photographers out there that are inspiring, like friends and people I find on the internet and some major photographers like Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Jerry Uelsmann and Sally Mann.
If you would like to see more photos do visit Menan Man’s Flickr page, or you can visit some of his favourite websites below:
Thank you for taking part in this interview, Menan Man!
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