Through New York City with Markus Hartel and the New Russar+

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New York City-based graphic designer Markus Hartel has a passion for street photography. On one of his last strolls through the city, he captured some scenes on the busy streets with the New Russar+ Lens. Read on to learn about his experience photographing with the Russar+ and get insider info on how it is to be a street photographer in the Big Apple.

Name: Markus Hartel
Profession: Graphic Designer
City: Newburgh, NY
Camera: Leica M240, Hexar RF
Website: www.markushartel.com

© Markus Hartel

Please introduce yourself to the Lomography Community.

I have always been the creative kid in the family, and my grandma used to give me her camera, when she wanted to be included in family photos. Later on, I aspired to be a graphic designer and chose to apprentice to become a typesetter in a print shop. Today, everything is coming back full circle and I enjoy letterpress printing.

How did you become a street photographer in New York? What aspects do you like most about it?

I have photographed as long as I can remember, but coming to New York City in 2003 struck a nerve with me, and the diversity and hustle in the street inspired me to photograph strangers in the street. I started a photo blog with my photos and my work got published all over the world over the past 12 years.

© Markus Hartel

What are perfect conditions for shooting on the street? Do you have special places in New York where you can always expect great pictures?

I always love when the sun is low and almost never shoot in the open sun, unless I’m using a fill flash.

On your last stroll through the city you took the New Russar+ with you. How do you like this ultra-wide-angle lens? Which camera did you use with it?

I used it mostly on a digital Leica M240... shooting ultra wide is a lot of fun, but also comes with ist own challenges, as there is so much extraneous information in the frame, which requires me to get a lot closer than usual – I’m normally shooting a 28mm or 35mm lens.

© Markus Hartel

Can you tell us a bit more about the pictures you took?

I have tried to get a decent variety of different environments, where of course it’s incredibly hard to get that “killer“ shot within a few days. I have used a fill flash in almost all of the people pictures.

Please share your favorite Russar+ shot and the story behind it.

I like discovering random moments, like the TV on the couch, as I was walking through my new neighborhood in Newburgh at midnight, as stuff like this disappears rather quickly. The car is also a pretty cool moment in time, as they just towed it away this morning.

© Markus Hartel

Do you have any advice or suggestions for new or future Russar+ users?

Get closer than you might think is necessary, a wide lens like the Russar+ definitely shows a lot of extra elements in the frame, but I’d always embrace its quirkiness.

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Learn more about Markus Hartel and his work on his website.

Lomography thanks the artist for the interview and use of his images.

written by zonderbar on 2015-09-11 #people #interview #new-york #blackandwhite #lomoamigo #russar #russar-lens #markus-hartel

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