In our ongoing interview series “5 questions on analogue photography with…” we send the same sets of questions to different photographers. This time we talked to Frank Machalowski. Our photographer hails from Berlin, so main subjects are set in an urban area and he knows how to fascinate with different techniques and methods of analogue photography. Take a look at his stunning gallery, he prepared for us.
Name: Frank Machalowski
1. Tell us something about yourself in three sentences maximum.
Hello, I’m Frank Machalowski, living and working in Berlin. I take photographs for over 10 years now. I’m working as a freelance photographer since last year.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
Preferably I shoot analogue with black-and-white films. I like the handicraft that comes with it, starting with choosing a film, film development and making prints on paper. In my opinion you handle your subject much more carefully, due to the fact you can’t see your results instantly. You kind of need to use your fantasy. You sure can do that while shooting digital, though the speed and memory capacity tend to make you shoot differently. Anyway nothing can come close to the optics of a real analogue print.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
If I have enough storage room, I like to take along an analogue 35mm camera (Contax G2) and a medium format camera (Holga, Hasselblad or Adox Golf). I like to use filters, so in most cases I’ve got red, yellow and a polarizing filter in my bag. Films are not optional, so I always got 2 or 3 with me.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
If there’s a trick like that, message me instantly and only me! Currently I’m working on a series of long exposures at daytime, so tripod and ND-filter are essential. The results were quite exciting so far.
5. What photographers influence your work?
Thanks Frank for taking the time to answer our questions and sharing your photographs with us. If you want to see more of Frank’s works, take a look at his website, his online store or visit his blog.