Well, I finally shot my sixtieth roll of almost entirely Kodak TRI-X 400 black and white film since starting all this film nonsense at the start of 2017. What a ride. I just picked up some Kodak Portra 160 35mm to shoot with my M7. Me and colour film have never quite jived because of things like scanning logistics and my penchant for crisp colour digitals, but I'm determined to duke it out and win.
In other news, I enrolled in a two day NIDA acting course (a boot camp more like it). Life is weird at the moment and I need to run off the graded track for a bit. #yolo?
Paul Struijk explores the facial architecture of the Dutch capital with his Leica M10
Amsterdam is one of the most culturally diverse cities you will find anywhere on the planet. It was among the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th Century and ever since then immigrants from all over the globe have come to call Amsterdam their home. Amsterdamer, Paul Struijk, set out with his LeicaM10 to document the facial archetypes of the city’s residents and, in doing so, captured the diverse yet kindred nature of humanity in all its forms.
You studied an array of subjects from biology to archaeology and even classical dance. What was it that drew you to photography?
It was the creativity of the work. I needed to create things from the inside out and have the freedom to choose what I do. I also wanted to encounter new worlds, new people and new ideas.
How would you describe your photographic style?
My aim is to document. I try to find authentic images with a mix of old school and modern approaches. I like real life. I love people and how they try to make the best of it. I am absolutely a color person but over the last 2 years with my Leica, my photography has become more and more monochrome but always with a little shade of color, a little hint of a tone.
I was shooting with the new Leica M Monochrome at a resent 'Australian Leica Collective' Meet - Up last week and just quickly thought I would share an example of the sensors latitude. The 1st image above is roughly 3 stops under. I quickly took it into Lightroom hit 'AUTO' made a couple of minor adjustments to the background highlights and the 2nd image is the result. Finally into Silver Efex Pro 'Tri-X' preset couple of exposure points and a little structure and there you have it. No longer than 1 minute ...... Just a rough example for people to look at.
Q: Let me say, I love your blog. Do you think nowadays a blog is useful for a professional photographer? Also, is your blog a part of the activity to present your vision and your work as a photographer?
A: I think a blog is useful for any type of job. It’s a way to share what you do and how you feel. It’s a way to get noticed and have the occasional ego boost every human being needs. You can share your visions, your pictures and your struggles. Also I think it’s nice to inform and help people when they have questions about what you do.