In this new and on-going 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 a selection of their own photographs. Today we talk to Graphic Designer Kazuki Mae.
Name: Kazuki Mae
Occupation: Graphic Designer
1. Tell us about yourself in three sentences maximum?
I’m a graphic designer, love travel, movies, music, and of course, photography. I started taking photos in 2010 and have become an analogue cameraholic just for 1 year!
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
The motivation is simple. At first, I wanted to get a reflex like digital single-lens displayed as most photographers do. But I noticed it’s too expensive for me to get the equipment. One day I visited a small bookstore; I found a reasonable price, black-body camera Holga135. Since then, he always created MANY amazing works for me! Now, I’m definitely fascinated with analogue style photography.
Moreover, I’m working as a graphic designer. I spend too much time focused to the monitor because almost all my work must be done with a computer. When leave work, I can change my attention to analogue objects.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
I just carry a Holga135.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
I’m not majored in photography so I have no professional technique or knowledge. But I believe the most important point is following my heart. A cup of weak tea, a pile of soiled books, or whatever. If you find something that is attractive in your eyes, this is the moment you should capture.
Another tip is just walking around and moving around!
5. What photographers influence your work?
Mika Ninagawa is the first one of my favorite photographers. Her photography is always full of colors and energy! My snaps are totally different from hers, but I really like her style.
Kayo Ume is also my favorite. She takes snaps and makes a diary of the places she goes, and in a unique way. I should learn some views and thinking from her works.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions Kazuki. To see more photos visit Kasuki's own flickr site