My name is Philip Bologna. I am a photographer, long time storyteller, and book maker. I am a native New Yorker and have been living in Minneapolis for five years. I just finished my BFA in Photography at the Minneapolis College ofArt & Design. I found your work through Tammy Mercure, who I discovered in Alec Soth's Library. I love your work! And I wanted to ask how you like your X100? Also your photographs make you seem "brave" in a sense, what is your approach?
Hi Phillip. Thank so much for the kind words and for finding me here on tumblr . Firstly I absolutely love my x100s. I take it with me everywhere. It’s compact, takes excellent photos, feels good to the touch and looks lovely. The whole package. I highly suggest it.
That said it’s a fixed lens and at an approximation of a 35mm it means you need to constantly use your legs as a tripod. If you want a close up you need to get close to the subject which can be a scary and uncomfortable prospect to some. I don’t like zoom lenses personally. I like the discipline and sensitivity this sort of lens builds. Less creeping from far away and more interaction with the world you are photographing. Sometimes this leads to very tense moments but I believe that is the price you pay for intimate imagery. It can also lead to some interesting conversations and the spread of a greater sympathy and appreciation for street photography.
The bravery you mentioned comes from a) always following your intuition and curiosity.
b) years and years of shooting in this way
c) a kindness and love towards your subject matter.
d) knowing what you are hoping to accomplish with your work, what you are trying to say, so that you can begin to explain it to those you are photographing.
It’s that simple. If I think a person or moment is interesting I take the photo. I only ever tell myself no if my instinct tells me it may be dangerous, and honestly even then sometimes I will. It’s all about loving your own vision of the world and following along on what thrills and moves and inspires you.
Good luck! Thanks again for reaching out.
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