Luka *22-JAN-06

January 22, 2010

Today is my son’s birthday. He’s turning four and I still can’t believe how big he has grown. From a chubby baby to an intelligent little boy who has his own mind, his own character, his own opinion, his own likes and dislikes. He’s a confident little boy who is already going his way (if this is possible with four, ha ha!).
I’ve put some images together, hope you enjoy them. I did…


2006

2006

2007

2007

2007

2007

2009

2009

2009
These are the moments when I really start appreciating that I have a camera (or two) and use it!

Love

November 5, 2009

My wife Ming with my daughter Maya, Oct. 2009:
M&M Oct09

I just couldn’t find a better title for this image…

Leica M3
Kodak Portra 400VC

self portrait

May 25, 2009

Stefan 2009, with my Pentax 67:
Stefan Ansorge 2009
My blog is now almost one year old and I thought it is time for a self reflection, in the mirror that is!

In November I had bought a second hand Pentax 67 when I spent a few days in Seoul. The Korean Won dropped dramatically due to the American credit crunch and made old film cameras even cheaper than they already are. This wonderful camera was an absolute bargain.

About self portraits:
It seems to be the fate of photographers that no one tends to take images of them. I have hundreds of portraits of family, friends ad all sorts of people. But nobody appears to be interested in my image, ha ha! So the only way to get my own portrait is to pose this way.
I like the soft colors of the Kodak Portra. Apart from that it is a reminder that we are all getting older, including me!

bali beach encounter

May 15, 2009

Bali, April 2009
Bali 07

This image was taken during a week’s holiday in Bali in April 2009. The guy was one of our scuba-diving guides. Everyone was very cheerful and friendly. Bali is a wonderful place with friendly people and it is very easy to photograph.
The photograph was taken with a hasselblad 500cm and a 60mm wide angle lens on TMX400 film. I like the light you get at a beach. The sun is very bright but the indirect light is filtered by palm trees. The fact that the sand in Bali is (volcanic) black and therefor doesn’t reflect as much as white sand also contributes to the lighting conditions.

The overexposed sky first seemed to be a problem. Viewing the end result i find that it actually provides a nice white backdrop for the portrait.

Time

April 30, 2009

maya-on-chair-02
This is my daughter Maya. She is almost five years now and very comfortable with the camera pointed at her. No wonder, since I have been photographing her from the the first second she was out in the world…

For me it is amazing to see the changes over time, so observe how someone develops slowly into something new. Not only from the parental point of view but also from the photographer’s eye. It never gets boring because there always new aspects, new angles, an evolving character, a human being in constant development. i can’t wait to see my children developing. It gives me inspiration and unmeasurable joy!

Michael

March 30, 2009

michael-jan09

This is Michael, my friend’s Sharon son. I like this portrait for its subtle colors and intimate connection between subject and photographer. This is a bold look into the camera!

Taken with a Leica M6 and a 35mm lens on Kodak Gold 200.

thomas-stoffaneller

Thomas Stoffaneller is a photographer from Innsbruck/Austria. His images show beautiful street scenes from Asia and Africa , landscapes in b/w, all on film and beautifully executed. This is classic darkroom work and a good example that there are still things which cannot be achieved with a multi automatic multi megapixel DSLR.
To be able to craft this kind of images you must have a feeling for what you see and then be able to translate that into images and onto the paper.

Thomas and his partner Stefanie Klaunzer share a wonderful website which can be found here!
They are moving to Malaysia this year and I am very much looking forward to meet them.