This week’s Xpan Photographer profile is Lars, from the home of Hasselblad, Sweden.
When did you find out about the Xpan?
May 2014. DigitalRevTV, ironically. Gotta love those guys.
When did you get your Xpan?
What attracted you to the Xpan?
Simply the wide format.
What lenses do you have?
45 and 90.
Which is your favourite lens?
No favourite lens at this point, but I’ve been using the 45 way more than the 90 during the few rolls that I’ve shot.
What do you like to take photos of with your Xpan?
Cityscapes and events, documenting the city where I live, but basically it’s all been test shots so far and no defined project.
What would you like to take photos of with your Xpan?
I intend to do more street photography; more people. I’ll also experiment with multi exposures.
What is your favourite film to use in the Xpan?
I’m relatively new to shooting film so I’ve been trying out different ones. I like Tri-X 400. I also liked the results I got from a roll of Ultramax 400. At the moment I’m shooting Ektar 100.
What are your three favourite shots that you have taken with your Xpan?
The ice photo: It turned out good, because, well … ice! Details, patterns!
The train yard: Passing by many times on my way home from work I got this vague idea of a photo of the trains at the dusk with a sky with nice colours, and then one cold evening it was there. It’s rewarding when you have a vision and it turns out ok.
The kite surfer: I saw these two dudes kite surfing so I stopped for a few shots. This one I like the most, mainly because of the geometrical aspect.
What is your favourite shot that someone else took with an Xpan?
This is a shot by flickr user bomb_bao. I keep a directory of photos that I like and inspire me, and this shot keeps catching my attention. It’s just beautiful. Lovely colours! Most importantly it tells a story.
Which photographers inspire you?
Marco Vernaschi: because it’s sick, twisted, brutal, psychological. Tatsuo Suzuki: up close, intense; street photo at it’s best. Xpan wise: MJ, I can tell you that your black and white photos inspired me to get an Xpan to begin with; also Bert Pot’s documentary photos because he seems to get really close to people.
(Cheers Lars! -MJ)
What other cameras do you like to use?
Nikon D7000 because it’s my digital workhorse at the moment. Yashica FX-3 ditto non-digital.
If Hasselblad made a digital Xpan, would you buy it?
Probably not. I like the slow process of working with film. I think more and leave less to chance.
Where can we see your work?