“Contrast is the leit-motif of my pictures, both in visual and intellectual sense.”
Since early childhood I was "the creative kid". I was painting, building complicated mechanisms or architectural works from Lego or clay, experimenting with programming, computer graphics, 3D, CAD, et cetera.
When I got my first camera on my 18th birthday, it took only couple of weeks before I fell in love with photography. Soon I switched from modern auto-focus Minolta to rather old russian-made Zenit, started developing black&white films in my own darkroom, and became looking for contrasts.
The relatively small format, 35 mm, has always been my preferred medium for analog photography. It offers great compromise of convenience and imaging qualities, especially when used in my beloved rangefinder Leica M2..
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, since I love available light and stay away from using flash.
I print myself. I use Berlin-made Dunco enlarger with Durst Neonon lens, and print usually on Foma, Agfa or Ilford speed-papers.
When I need or want color, or when I am too lazy to use the darkroom, my camera of choice is the rangefinder Leica M9, once famous for its unique color representation brought by its old-fashioned CCD sensor.