In late 2016, I got to spend five weeks on magnificent Hawaii. On my last day, walking down from the Diamond Head crater, Iâ€™d just finished a roll of Portra 400 and wasnâ€™t planning to shoot any more before my flight. I always feel uneasy when I have to travel with film in my cameras. At the foot of the volcano, though, I saw a yellow-ish field with some majestic trees and those beautifully shaped hills in the background, the sky above a light blue with no clouds but a nice spot in the middle. I had to take the shot. I loaded another roll into my Hasselblad, fired the shutter just once, and left with a very good feeling. I had almost forgotten about the frame when I got the negativeâ€™s scan a few weeks later. It turned out to be one of my favorite photographs of the year.
AÂ travel & fine art photographer from Bern, Switzerland, I have shifted my focus from digital to analog photography throughoutÂ the last few years. Itâ€™s theÂ beautiful looks, theÂ colorsÂ andÂ the slowing down in theÂ process that fascinate and motivate me.Â I compose my photos much more carefully when I shoot film. Although I like the process of developing film myself, I usually send it to the amazing Carmencita Film Lab in Valencia, Spain or the awesomeÂ Richard Photo Lab in Valencia, California.Â Still, I develop some rolls myself every now and then. I follow a minimalistic approach,Â trying to have as little equipmentÂ as possible and as much as necessary. I usually work withÂ available/natural light only andÂ mostly shoot aÂ Hasselblad 503 CW medium format camera and a Leica M6 rangefinder. My preferred film stocks are Kodakâ€™s Portra 400 andÂ Tri-X 400.