Today’s Xpan Photographer is Nicolas Rémond from Switzerland.
When did you find out about the Xpan?
Beginning of 2009.
When did you get your Xpan?
Beginning of 2009.
What attracted you to the Xpan?
A compact panoramic camera. I like its ease of use and I was already sold on rangefinders.
What lenses do you have?
I only own the one from the kit, the 45mm.
What do you like to take photos of with your Xpan?
I really like taking the camera on my hikes through the Alps, so, mainly landscapes.
What would you like to take photos of with your Xpan?
I would like to go dog sledding in Greenland and capture those moments and landscapes with my XPan. I have been in the Syrian desert with Bedouins, but at the time, I really missed not having taken a panoramic camera. The XPan is my weapon of choice for catching the immensity of deserts.
What is your favourite film to use in the Xpan?
These days, I mainly use the Kodak Ektar film. I like the tones and the colour saturation of this film. In the past, I was more using some Velvia and Provia films but, I like that the Ektar is also easier to expose.
What are your three favourite shots that you have taken with your Xpan?
#1 : This shot was taken at Lötschenpass at sunrise. It was the week-end right after the one we got married and I really remember enjoying that special moment looking at the Alps with my wife.
#2 : In 2010, I went on a trip around the world with a girl that I just met with months before. That trip kind of made me realise she could eventually be my wife. I took this shot in the Canadian Prairies, a never ending flat land … I liked how the sunset made that old shack look surrounded by gold.
#3 : That was the coldest winter I was ever experienced in Switzerland, there was such a thick amount of ice on that lake.
What is your favourite shot that someone else took with an Xpan?
This is a photo from David Guttenfelder and I feel like that it’s the perfect shot about how the Occident sees North Korea and why we’re scared of this country.
Which photographers inspire you?
Raymond Depardon : His pictures about “La Terre des Paysans” help me remember what was France during my childhood.
Robert Capa : Where do you find the courage to be in the first line during D-Day? And that’s just one of them. He has clearly been able to help us picturing what was done during all these wars.
Alain Laboile : I think we all want to be one of his kids
What other cameras do you like to use?
Leica M7 & M9. I like rangefinders and the Leica ones are solid, discrete and sharp.
If Hasselblad made a digital Xpan, would you buy it?
Not sure. Hasselblad tend to be expensive and I’m already happy with my setup.
Where can we see your work?
Thank you Nicolas!