As a child, one of the first words I "invented" was Gadak to say Kodak. Later on, I was discovered to have all the characteristic behaviours of a photographer.
I discovered photography at the age Mozart discovered the piano, with an Eastman Kodak Baby Brownie Special I received from my grandfather. My eye was constantly attracted by pretty girls, beautiful cars, beautiful boats and graphic compositions. At school, I spent a lot of time drawing, but quickly realized I was more efficient with a camera. My parents dreamt of an engineer career, I only dreamt of Henri Cartier-Bresson and his Leica.
Creating sparkling, incisive and explosive, often provocative and sometimes shocking pictures, I made my classes on the street, especially at Geneva Palexpo. Loving beautiful things and beautiful people, my greatest strength is to address digital photography the same way as analogue photography.
What's in my bag ?
- My usual workhorse is the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) micro four thirds camera with its dedicated Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34mm f/1.7-2.8/ASPH lens (135 eq : 24-75mm). Simply the very best camera ever made. I commonly use it with an M-style JJC lens hood to prevent flare or anything from bumping into the lens.
- A Leica CF-D flash gun.
- A Konica-Minolta Dimage A2 "vintage" digital camera with its dedicated Konica-Minolta GT 7.2-50.8mm f/2.8-3.5 APO lens (135 eq : 28-200mm), plus an additional teleconverter to reach the 300mm eq.
- A Minolta Program 3600 HS D flash gun.
- A Fujifilm Finepix XP80 with its dedicated Fujinon 5-25mm f/3.9-4.9 lens (135 eq : 28-140mm). This is the camera I use for shootings in wet, dirty conditions that would damage my other cameras. I also use it as my everyday go to camera, the one that fits into any of my pockets, back pack or grocery bag. It is part of my "pro tog cheap cam challenge", as a professional photographer must be able to get the picture even with the most rudimentary camera. It does the job better than any smartphone anyway.
- A Minolta X-300 analog SLR with a Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 lens.
- A handful of Leica, Konica-Minolta and Fujifilm batteries.
- A handful of Sandisk's finest memory cards.
- A lens pen.
- A rocket blower, kind of.
- A handful of microfiber clothes.
- My press card, of course.
- An iPhone 7, which I use, apart from phone calls, as a remote control for tethered shooting, respectively posting to social medias.
What's in my digital lab ?
- A 13" MacBook Pro, running the best processing softwares ever made. Yes of course, I shoot RAW with any camera capable of.
- A Canon PIXMA IP4700 I use for prints up to A4.
- A Canon Canoscan LIDE 220.
Unused / collector gear
- An Eastman Kodak Baby Brownie Special, actually an "almost working" replica of the one my grandfather gave me when I was about 6 years old. I wish I could test it out, but it has become almost impossible nowadays to find 127 medium format film rolls.
- A Carena FM 1950 Sensor, my very first 135 analog camera, my grandmother bought for me when I was 9 years old. It has been working pretty nicely for almost 30 years, until a gear broke down around the electric motor, causing the death of the camera.
- An Agfamatic 2008 tele pocket 110 analog "spy camera". One day, I might get some 110 film cartridges from Lomography to test it out.