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?

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

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