Photo trade fair II

See my previous post of 15 September

Of course I got distracted at the fair…

Photokina is overwhelming, there is much to see and to test.  I could spend two or even three days and not see all. But crowd, queues, noise and impressions take energy and so I ended up leaving an hour earlier than planned.

Before I left I managed to briefly visited the “print” section to look at the size of the ‘smallest’ pro-printer that I have on my wish list. I got a bit disappointed as it is not small but fairly large and I doubt if I can have it in my office/studio.

Here are some of my highlights/activities:

– a brief test with the Hasselblad 31 (the kit that’s heavily promoted now) at Hasselblad’s quality statement try out area : a “non-babe” model* in an extraordinary wintery scenery for the testing photographers.  (* i assure you that’s a true relief for a female photographer – jätte fint, tack ska du ha!)
– making some shots with the Canon 5D mark II and testing the video option
– testing the ringflash adapter and the expodisc
– stepping into the “begehbare kamera” (accessible camera)
– seeing some exhibitions
– last but definitely not least : visiting the Lomo stand. I loved it and the enthusiasm of the people promoting the analog plastic medium format camera (its success must give a boost to the film industry).  Lomography is apparently a synonym for a fun and spontaneous style. Indeed Lomography is inviting and in no way intimidating. I would describe Lomo as the “fate of the art” camera opposite to the “state of the art” and high end quality camera and the professionals that are so uptight about their photography. I would not mind if the Lomo style rubs off a bit. Because, where’s the line between snapshot and snapshot aesthetic?

“Photography is high and low culture all in one” | Martin Parr
“Art is what you can get away with” | Andy Warhol

Photos by Judith den Hollander

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