Interview: Daniel Klaas

Next up for an interview is Daniel Klaas.


how long have you been shooting film?
I got back into photography about 5 years ago, and shooting film about a year later, so about 4 years. Once I saw how the medium format negatives looked, I realised how great photography can be. I was hooked.

Half Moon Bay

do you prefer colour or black & white? do you have a favourite film, camera or technique you like to work with?
If I had to choose, B&W is my preference. I just find it softer and more subtle. You also don’t get as distracted by colours leading your eye away from the focal point of the photo. Having said that, colour is fine too. Really depends on the look I’m going for.

My favourite film would be Ilford Delta 3200 Pro. Shooting indoors, so often with dim natural light, this film is a saviour. Not to mention its incredible film grain :)

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?
In Between Storms

I took this shot while living in Austria of Kordula, a fashion model from Innsbruck. We decided to shoot in a local garden, however when we met it started to storm, heavily. We waited for a break and decided to try a few shots despite the storm clearly ready for it’s return. I think I shot about 12 photos within a short time frame. The storm came back, we had to stop shooting, but we managed to get what is still one of my favourite pics. Kordula and I ended up shooting many times before I moved back to Melbourne.

show us a favourite shot from the MSM pool. what do you enjoy in other peoples’ photos?

The Great Escape

I just appreciate when I see a shot I wish I’d taken. This shot from Dave was the first photo I thought of. There is just something about it. A place in time. Oh and bizarrely, the 2nd person in on the left looks like my father about 20 years ago :)

question from the previous interviewee James Ruff:
Are you happy with where your photography is heading? if not, what would you like to change?

I’d like to push myself into bigger shoots more often (ie: male or female fashion with full team of stylists, assistants etc), and also work on some projects outside of the standard portraits I’ve been mostly doing for the past few years.

Portrait of Louella

please give us a question to ask the next person.
What inspires you to shoot what you do? Why do you like that particular type of photography?

Thank you Daniel. You can find more of his work at:

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Jacqueline van Zetten • February 14, 2013

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