Next up on Xpan Photographer profiles is Nico from Italy.
When did you find out about the Xpan?
I found out some 15 years ago when my Dad bought one. I saw some shots he took without ever being impressed. I discovered the potential of panorama camera after buying myself a Lomography Sprocket Rocket. After using that for a while I decided that the panorama camera was something I would like to use.
When did you get your Xpan?
4 years ago. It’s my Dad’s.
What attracted you to the Xpan?
It was free.
What lenses do you have?
45 and 90.
Which is your favourite lens?
I rarely use the 90mm, I am not able to use it.
What do you like to take photos of with your Xpan?
People in crowded environments. I believe that this camera offers a unique perspective on human diversity in a single frame.
What is your favourite film to use in the Xpan?
Kodak Portra 160.
What are your three favourite shots that you have taken with your Xpan?
First one has a good blend of nice light conditions and different characters appearing close one another. The star is the beautiful woman that seems to cross the frame with an absolute elegance while the world is rotating around her.
Second shot it’s just a nice environment with interesting colours and provides a significant hints of what can be walking in Varanasi’s gaths around 6pm in march.
Third one is about composition and diversity again.
What is your favourite shot that someone else took with an Xpan?
This shot could have been taken by Koudelka. The composition is perfect and portrays a unique moment where very unusual subject come into play in just one spot. Remarkable.
Which photographers inspire you?
Alex Webb is indeed someone I look at. His ability to portray human diversity in a single frame is quite unique.
What other cameras do you like to use?
I love instant cameras. I like to use Polaroid 190 a lot, albeit a bit expensive. This camera has a great lens quality and is a joy to use. No digital camera with wifi ability gives me the pleasure of sharing the picture with my subject right away.
The other favourite is the Lomography Sprocket Rocket. Price/quality ratio for a wide panorama camera is just unbeatable.
If Hasselblad made a digital Xpan, would you buy it?
No thanks. I can crop a 35mm digital image at a fraction of the price they would propose.
Where can we see your work?