A Coffee with…No. 4 – Christian Walch

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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?

Chris: Yours,

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?

Chris: Dirk Essl, Vivian Maier and Erich Hartmann (Not the Pilot!!!)

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

You know, that you can be featured on caffenol.org, do you? Just mail meMessage me or DM me and we get your stuff on the site!


Dirk Essl is the founder of caffenol.org And has done a tremendous amount of coffee development in the past.

1 Comment

marjorie nichols · January 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm

This is hilarious. Now, I will work backwards and find out what means Caffenol . . .

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