Esben Bøg Jensen is a 27 year old photographer based-in Copenhagen, Denmark. He started shooting photographs four years ago. We asked him some questions to know more about him and his passion for film photography. Enjoy the beautiful photo interview below.
Hi Esben, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Let’s see. I’m a student – I study Modern Culture in Copenhagen. I’m 27 years old. I’m bearded. I’m always listening to music of one kind or another. And I’m a photographer. And that’s a little about me.
How long have you been into photography, and why choose film?
I’ve been into photography for about four years now. And why not choose film? It’s challenging, it’s more fun, it pushes you to think differently and it’s really exiting not knowing exactly what you’ve got down. If I was to introduce someone to photography I would force them to use to film before going digital.
What is your favorite film camera. Is there a film you like best?
It doesn’t really matter what brand of film or camera you use – at least’s that’s what I want to say. But I think it’s very much true. It all comes down to you as a photographer.
I was very much in love with my little rangefinder for a while - a Bessa R3A. But then I started missing autofocus and swapped it for a Canon 1V I found for almost no money on the internet. The lenses for the Bessa were also insanely expensive since it has the Leica M-Mount - and I just didn’t see the difference in quality so it made no sense having to invest that much money. So that swap made sense to me.
I’ve also used the Canon AE-1 extensively and still use it once in a while. The one film camera I love the most though is my old and beaten op Hasselblad 500CM. I don’t take it out as much as I should because it’s not exactly a walk around camera. But it produces amazing photographs.
What can you say about your work and what inspires you?
I think my photos are very much like a diary - just a snapshot of the things that happens around me. I don’t do many projects. What inspire me are the people around me, nature, great buildings and music! I guess I’m trying to produce a simple truth in my photography. The hectic life of the modern world is killing you if you don’t stop up once in a while and take your time to appreciate all the small things in life.
Tell us which of your photos do you like especially, and why?
There are some that I like more than others of course, but I don’t think I can really go into detail about the individual differences and which I like the most. Most of them serve as memory of a really good time. So the memory might be better than the photograph in many cases. So I might choose a few photos for my favourites that won’t resonate at all with other people.
Do you have any tips for someone who’s just picking up a film camera?
Don’t mind the brand of film! Don’t care too much about what camera you choose - just get going. If you really get into photography you’ll probably end up running through a few cameras just for fun anyway. And all of a sudden you come across one that just sticks with you. And find someone you can talk to about getting the film developed. I think the look of film varies more from the various developers than the brand of film. So it’s important to get it done somewhere nice. I only get my photos developed to negatives and then I scan myself on an old Canonscan 8800F. That’s recommendable I think if you want full control, but it’s very time consuming.
Esben, thank you for the interview!