“I've got my first camera on 18th birthday and soon realized photography will be my lifelong passion. Sixteen years later it still is.”
Since early childhood I was "the creative kid", painting, building from Lego or clay, experimenting with computer graphics, 3D, CAD, et cetera. When I got my first camera, I fell in love with photography. Soon I've started developing black&white films in my darkroom, switched from modern auto-focus body to rather old russian-made manual focusing Zenit, and became looking for contrasts.
Contrast is the leit-motif of my photography, both in visual and intellectual sense.
The relatively small format, 35 mm, has been always my preferred medium for analog photography. It offers great compromise of convenience and imaging qualities, especially when used in my beloved rangefinder Leica M2 (1962).
I use mostly iconic Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5+ films, developed in original Agfa Rodinal or Ilford Microphen. I often push the film to 1600 EI.
I print myself. I use Berlin-made Dunco enlarger with Durst Neonon lens, and print usually on Foma, Agfa or Ilford speed-papers.
I always prefer film photography. But when I need or want color, or when I am too lazy to use darkroom, my camera of choice is the rangefinder Leica M9, once famous for its unique color representation brought by its old-fashioned CCD sensor.