During the life of this blog, we’ve talked about a lot of photographers.
And I like to think that from the ones we’ve covered together here, they are a really eclectic bunch, too!
But the guy I want to bring to your attention today is a little different. Firstly, he is relatively young at around 33 years old. Second, he has only been shooting photos for a very short time….he started in 2010. His name is Jon Damaschke and he hails from windy city, otherwise known as Chicago!
Nevertheless, in that short time, Jon has carved a name for himself quite handsomely, something that has taken a few well-known guys years and years of toil and trouble.
And one of the main reasons why I wanted t mention him here is that he is also a film user, preferring to use medium format cameras, in particular, the vintage Rolleiflex. Aside of that, he collects cameras (just like someone else I know…..;)
Jon’s reputation is probably built upon the simplicity of how he tackles the subject (correct me if I’m wrong, Jon!).
For example, he doesn’t bother with any kind of serious pre-shoot preparation etc. His version of preparation is changing the film in his camera and making sure his camera has dust-free lenses!
One reason may well be due to the genre he has chosen…street photography, something that I absolutely love as well. With street work, you cannot really set anything up….it’s more of wait and see game. Sometimes you may have the right shot staring you in the face and have just a few milliseconds in which to press the shutter, whereas at other times, you may have to wait hours….part of the street shooting game.
Asked what makes a good photographer in his considered opinion, he speaks very wisely indeed. He says that a person should try to concentrate on one style, whatever that may be….it may be a quirky way of setting and choosing exposures times, or maybe developing and printing techniques.
And once you have narrowed it down to a certain style you like, try and become a master of that, such that if somebody was to see any of your photos, they would immediately know it was yours, without a name being printed on it.
That statement for me, says it all!
I’d like to return to Jon’s work in a later article, but for now, here’s some of it, reproduced here with his express permission: