interview: Gedal Basman
Our latest interviewee is Gedal Basman.
how long have you been shooting film?
It started a long time ago but there was a break of almost 10 years, due to the digital conspiracy:) I have restarted shooting film about half a year ago by finishing 10 year old roll on an old SLR I rediscovered.
do you prefer colour or black & white? do you have a favourite film, camera or technique you like to work with?
I love both colour and b&w film, but there’s something about b&w that is more analog, more artistic. My favourite camera is Zenit – an old friend, simple and robust. I haven’t worked out what my favourite film is yet.
show us one of your favourite shots and tell us a bit about it – how did you take it? is there a story behind it?
This photo of Old Quadrangle at Melbourne Uni was taken with an Agfa Isolette on 120mm b&w film called “Lucky” – there’s something NQR with the film on this exposure, but I think it’s for the best. This shot itself was random – mostly to finish off the roll.
show us a favourite shot from the MSM pool. what do you enjoy in other peoples’ photos?
I really enjoy good portraits, especially ones that are expressive, convey emotions, mood etc.
by Karen Riley.
question from the previous interviewee: How understanding is your family/significant when you purchase another camera and/or lens, do you hide purchases from them?
I don’t hide anything, but if my wife rings you – just remember – whatever she’s asking about – you DID lend it to me:) But to answer the first part of the question – when it comes to film my family and friends think I’m on another wavelenght.
Question for next person:
What inspires and motivates you in photography?