A Coffee with…No. 4 – Christian Walch
Today I share an Interview with a colleague of mine that works with me on the dark side of IT. (Windows) I am guilty of infecting him with the caffenol virus and to buy himself into the Pentax and Micro Four Thirds system 🙂 He is also a Hair Model.
Caffenol: Good Morning, Chris! Grab yourself some tea and: please introduce yourself.
Chris: Hi Dirk, it’s me, your colleague Chris. I’m raised and born in Munich and always looking for the opinion to do things differently.
Caffenol: Anything else you want to add about you as a person?
Chris: I’m not a photographer and I don’t drink Coffee.
Caffenol: What do you like about photography in general?
Chris: I like focusing on things and keeping moments. The other thing is that I’m a really bad painter, so I have to take photos…
Caffenol: Haha, I even have a bad handwriting, that’s why I use a computer to write.
Caffenol: How did you get into caffenol?
Chris: Together we developed film the first time in Caffenol, I think 2 years ago…
Caffenol: What kind of gear do you use?
Chris: I have a Pentax ME Super an and a Revue, which is like the Pentax, but not so heavy and better for me to carry it with me on the street.
Caffenol: You’ve got some freaking huge scissors in your bag, why that?
Chris: The small scissors from my first aid kit has been removed by the Airport security when I was heading to Thailand and the only scissors I had to replace it where those big ones.
Caffenol: Which caffenol recipe do you use? Why?
Caffenol: Where do you buy your ingredients for caffenol?
Chris: I’m the lucky one who gets supported by you, Dirk. Thank you by the way…
Caffenol: Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought? Why?
Chris: Yes, I boughtt a copy of a Holga. I never used it, so I’m going to sell it so some Hipster kiddy or so 😉
Caffenol: Do you shoot Auto-Mode, A-Mode, S-Mode, P-Mode, M-Mode? Autofocus or manual?
Chris: I shoot the sherif. I’m still a bloody beginner and not so familar with all the technical things. For me It’s important to catch ephemeral moments, feelings and things that are gone away a few seconds later. I often have no time to think about what configuration would be the best and the most time I even don’t know what would be the best. I will keep the learner plate for the next years 🙂
Caffenol: How do you scan your Pictures? What kind of tools do you use for post processing?
Chris: I don’t have a dark room, but I bought a changing bag to put the film in the development tank, go on with your recipe. After this I clean it with ph neutral soap. After washing down the soap with wather I leave the film in the water for a few minutes fevore I hang it someware for drying. I try not to hang it in the most dusty room.
After this I scan the film with an hp scanjet 8200. For processing I use Lightroom. I just cut them, remove the dust and decide if I keep them in “color” or convert them to BW. That’s it.
Caffenol: How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
Chris: The most education I still get from the discussions with you or straight from playing around.
Caffenol: Among your works, which one is your favorite?
Caffenol: Any other shots you want to show?
Caffenol: Whose work has influenced you most?
Caffenol: What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
Chris: What the heck is ISO ?
Caffenol: Where can we find your work?
http://www.dreadland.de – my Photography project about people with dreadlocks. It’s just about to start. (in German)
Caffenol: Thank you very much for this very interesting Interview!
Chris: Cu tomorrow, Dirk