Sunday, January 26, 2014

Interview with The Analog Docs

The Analog Docs is a project of two professional photographers, Matthias Hombauer, Ph.D. and Karl Blümel, MD., based-in Vienna, Austria. Here on Shooting Film, we featured their beatiful work once; and however they told us their passion for film photography we still want to know more about their project The Analog Docs and their work on film.

Hi guys, can you introduce yourself? How did the both of you meet?
Before studying human medicine at the University of Vienna from 1994 to 2001, Dr. Karl Blümel (Karl Bluemel Photography) performed creditably in athletics (multiple national championship- and vice national championship titles). Today, he is physician by training.

Karl rediscovered the passion of his youth, photography, a few years ago (he photographed a lot together with his already deceased father) and he is hooked on it until today. Nowadays he works amongst other things as a photographer. He takes pictures for magazines, companies, photo agencies etc. His metier is people- and lifestyle photography.

Dr. Matthias Hombauer (Matthias Hombauer Photography) has dedicated himself to his passions photography and music and has made his hobby his profession, after finishing his scientific studies (molecular biology). By now, he works for bands like The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim and Bauchklang. With his portraits, he has already extended his portfolio to the film- and art scene.

Talk to us about The Analog Docs.
We founded "The Analog Docs" to give interested, photography-enthusiastic people an understanding of analogue photography.

We exclusively use analogue medium format cameras, because these are still superior to the 35mm format systems in terms of quality. To us, it is a matter of great concern to pass on the knowledge, which we had acquired over the years, in a simple and comprehensible way - something many participants of his photography workshops could already profit from.

Why are you using film, what's wrong with digital?
There's nothring wrong with digital. We still shoot digital if the job calls on it. BUT shooting film slows you down and brings you into the moment. And you can´t achive the look, the feeling, the colours with digital and its software. And you can't beat the dynamic range of film...

What equipments do you use? Why?
Contax 645 with Zeiss 80/2.0, Hasselblad 500c/m, Fuji 690 GW II
Canon EOS 3, Nikon F100 with Prime Lenses (35/1.4, 50/1.2, 85/1.4)

Why? Because they are easy to handle and the results are superb. These cameras work best for us at the moment.

Do you have any projects in photography in future?
Styleshoots with fashion and jewelery designers
upcoming Workshops: spring 2014

Any message for other film photographers? Or maybe a tip you would like to share?
Go on and shoot as much as you can!
Don´t be afraid of shoot film!

Thank you guys for the interview!

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