My camera is the one thing I always carry with me. Both my cellphone and my wallet are expendable when we go for a walk, but the camera always comes. You never know what you’ll see.
I use a Ricoh CX3. The CX3 is a digital compact camera with a 10 megapixel sensor and a 10.7x zoom lens. It’s small, sturdy, fast and fits in any bag or pocket. It’s the perfect camera for me.
Don’t get me wrong. Digital SLRs are great. Unfortunately they are great both literally and figuratively. I want a camera that I can always carry with me, be it on a holiday, on a spontaneous walk, or while shopping groceries. I don’t own a tripod for the same reasons. (Jonas has one for his filmmaking, but it’s beyond big.) I have, more than once, cursed the fact that I don’t own one, but in the end I value mobility over the few instances when I truly need one (and there’s always a wall, bench or trashcan lid to be found when you need one).
When photographing I am often interested in the small things. Details on a statue, pebbles on a beach. The macro setting is my best friend.
I like finding new perspectives – be it low, high or upside-down. Another reason why I work without a tripod: putting the camera on the ground, to get that shot from the perspective of a mouse, is a stable as it gets.
None of my images are cropped or photoshopped. I freely admit that I lack the talent to use Photoshop to the best of its abilities (although I’m getting there). That’s one reason. The other is a stubborn streak that tells me that if this is the best I can do, then it should bloody well be enough.
The pictures on the following pages are, currently, the ones I like best. A word of caution: just like I find it impossible to say what is my favourite piece of music, my likes and dislikes when it comes to my photography are also subject to change. I did the best I could. Where I couldn’t decide, Jonas was kind enough to lend his opinion. I will, naturally, replace a few photos here and there when I take a new one that is considered more worthy.
I hope you enjoy them.
All images in these galleries are (c) Verena Kyratzes and may not be reproduced without permission.