canon 5d mark ii digital camera

La Casa Muda (2010) - Gustavo Hernández

This Uruguayan Horror film was recorded with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR photographic camera. Shot over 4 days it does an incredible job at keeping you on the edge of your seat with your hand ready to shield your eyes.

Only two lamps and few light tubes were used to light the set. Budget : $6000.

You might be familiar with the American remake starring Elizabeth Olsen.

Stick with the original. Totally underrated.

Interview: Stelios Efstathopoulos

Interview

This month’s featured artist is steliosefstathopoulos. A street photographer from Europe!

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Full name

Stelios Efstathopoulos

City and country where you live

Athens, Greece

- How you started with street photography?

Since the beginning of my engagement with photography, I always considered people as my main object of interest. Therefore, choosing photography as a means of self-expression, it was inevitable for me to go out in the streets.

- Why street photography?

I was never moved by the depiction of a setting or an action without elements of personal perception of the subjects to be photographed. What interested me was to see the world around me from another point of view. I walk around in the center of Athens and there I stumble upon little everyday stories where the protagonists are anonymous passers-by. The streets of the city are like a stage set to me, where random, transient acts and scenes full of little surprises take place, which altogether form an imaginary world. I think that most significant part of my work is defined by this “game”, which only street photography can offer.

- What and/or who inspires you?

Josef Koudelka, Garry Winogrand, William Klein, Robert Frank are my favourite photographers and those who have influenced my aesthetics and my way of expression.

- How often do you go out to capture moments?

In general, I’m not the kind of photographer who usually walks around with a camera wherever he goes. Every time I go out to take pictures, I want to be totally focused without anything distracting me from what I’m doing. On average, I go for a walk 2-3 days a week for 2-3 hours each.

- What do you look for when you go out on the streets?

I walk on the street trying to see into the story which will take place in front of me so that I won’t miss the picture. When you are in front of an action that takes place, it doesn’t matter what is happening, but what you see. If a lively moment has logic and sense, my decision to move a bit forward or back and to choose the moment of taking the picture, very often transforms the real action, but it helps me try to convey an idea or a point of view.

Through photography I try and hope to get a picture I have imagined. I think that a good picture should not be limited within the borders of the photographic frame, but that it should develop itself beyond it.

- Do you interact with your subjects?

I try to go unnoticed when I take pictures. If people notice me, then they tend to pose or react and so the spontaneity of the moment disappears. Quite often I take pictures without having the camera on my eye, hoping that I will get my frame right. Sometimes I even talk to them before I raise my camera. After a while they usually get used to my presence and they ignore me. So I can become “invisible” and I can move easier without someone noticing me.

- How do you challenge yourself to improve on photography?

I think that everyone must have a broader knowledge about what has been achieved and what is being achieved in the field of photography and other fields as well. By reading books about photography, watching exhibitions or reading articles about photography, I form an opinion about photography. I constantly seek to improve my photos and my personal expression. I try to be the strictest judge of all as far as the final choice of my pictures is concerned.

- What gear do you use? Philosophy: Digital or analog?

The most important of all is to manage to take a good photo. The choice between Digital or Analog should not preoccupy us since the person looking at a photo is not interested in the way the photo was taken or in the type of the camera. We should adapt ourselves to the technology of our time. The past 5 years I have been working with a digital Canon eos 5D Mark II, and before that, with an analog Canon F1. I always use a 24mm-wide-angle lens. I think that the 24mm-lens “sees” things almost as the human eye does and the constant use of the same lens helps me know every time what exact frame I can have. So I can take photos without having to look through the viewfinder.

In addition, there is no need to focus all the time on the subject because this lens has a quite wide focus area. When you are on the streets, you don’t always have the time to frame and focus. Usually you must press the camera button before you see a scene you want to capture or else you will lose it.

- B&W or color? Why?

The decision of whether to choose B&W or color has to do with what each photographer wants to photograph. There is no rule. There is no better or worse. Color makes the pictures imitate reality closely. The power color has, it is very often stronger than the subject itself. However, someone might want to take pictures based on the power of color.

I personally love the black and grey hues, which can be quite harsh at times. Usually when I take photos I don’t see colors. No, I’m not color-blind. Winograd used to say: “I photograph things in order for me to see how the things that interest me are depicted on the photos”. By saying this, he wanted to highlight the difference between reality and “photographed reality”.

- What about post processing/developing?

I haven’t developed films over the past few years. I have my memory card, from which I upload my photos on my computer. However, although the transfer method has changed, I still stick to old-fashioned habits. I never watch the photos on my camera!! And I always watch them at least a month later!!! (Never have I developed the films earlier). This helps me distance myself emotionally from the subject I have photographed. Some of my photos I can’t even remember I took them! This helps me be a stricter judge of my work.

- The selected picture

I had walked several times down this street, but I had never managed to take a photo that would satisfy me. The depiction of the graffiti on the wall was always stronger than my photo. However, one day I was lucky. The car that was parked on the sidewalk created an imaginary “collision” between reality and imaginary depiction. I finally had the perfect setting. I patiently waited for something to happen within my photographic frame. The presence of the woman combined with the picture on the right side of the wall was the best combination I could ever imagine.

I chose this picture because I think that it expresses my effort to show the imaginary through the reality of everyday life.

- Street Photographers in tumblr you truly admire

This is a difficult question, but I will answer it. It was indeed difficult to choose. There are many good photographers in tumblr who I follow. Not all are street photographers. I like watching photos of other kinds of photography as well. Five photographers, who I think are closer to my personal style, which doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the best, are the following in random order:

http://nedeljko-vucelja.tumblr.com/ (nedeljko-vucelja)

http://dimostheniskapa.tumblr.com/ (dimostheniskapa)

http://bangbang365.tumblr.com/ (bangbang365)

http://exileongranvia.tumblr.com/ (exileongranvia)

http://deadmetaphors.tumblr.com/ (deadmetaphors)

I chose them because of their work in general. I also follow many other photographers as well, who have taken really amazing photos and I often say to myself that I wish I had taken those photos!

- Any advice from your personal experience?

Photography has the power to copy things in detail. It is a mirror of reality. I think that if a photographer manages to stop simply depicting objects or people and to go one step further and drive our imagination outside the borders of a photographic frame, then we could actually say that we are looking at a very interesting picture.

I would like to thank everyone at WSP for the invitation.

Thank you also to my followers who support me. It is thanks to them that I’m here talking about my work.

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