Charlene Winfred

X-Pert 53 Interview

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Charlene winfred is a fuji-x photographer from denmark. she is also a member of the kage collective (pronounced Ka-Gay) and her practice of the XF35mm lenses is text book.

When I first embarked upon my journey with the Fuji XF35mm lenses, there were a few photographers whom I came across who inspired me to begin to see with the 53mm FOV. Charlene was at the top of that small list. Her eye and experience of using the XF35mm lenses was astounding and to add to that her colour grading, that, like Palle Schultz, contained that unique je ne sais quoi, she was, without a doubt, a photographer who helped solidify my decision to stick with the XF35mm f/1.4 lens. What intrigued me further was that she stuck with the 53mm FOV for two years learning its ways and vision, indicating to me what other professional photographers have also echoed, that sticking with one focal length for a duration of time was essential to learn the ropes, to get the hang of or knack of in order to hone your photographic craft and develop further. Upon such an example, I have hardly moved from the XF35mm FOV ever since getting my X-T1 over a year ago. Like my all time favourite photographer, Saul Leiter, I admire Charlene's work profusely.

It's an amazing privilege to have her take on the X-pert 53 interview and my hope is that you get as much from her answers and photographic inspiration as I have.

Here is Charlene's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

I wouldn’t call it specialising, but for all intents and purposes, I’m a street photographer. I had a bit of an existential attack answering this question, so there’s a rambling treatise about it here: http://charlenewinfred.com/2016/08/28/the-streets-i-see/

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

For 2 years, the XF 35mm F1.4 was the only lens I had on my only camera (the X-Pro1). It was learn to like it or don’t shoot at all. 

3. What Do You Like Photographing The Best With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses? 

I shoot everything with the XF 35 lenses. It and the XF 27mm are the lenses I use 90% of the time.

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

Yep.

5. Fuji XF35mm F/1.4 Or Fuji XF35 F/2? Why Your Choice?

I own them both, so I’d say: Either.

Why Your Choice?

The F1.4 was my first Fujinon lens (I got it in a kit with the X-Pro1 back in 2012) and for 2 years, was the only lens I had, so it never left the camera. I like shooting with it because I'm really used to it. The F2 was given to me late last year, and I haven’t used it as extensively as my old 1.4, so we're not as well acquainted.
For me, the only thing the F1.4 has over the F2, is the larger focusing ring. I find its barrel easier to grip for manual focusing (which I do a lot) than that of the F2. Don’t ask me about image quality and the like. They’re both plenty good for what I do.
If I had to buy one today, I’d go the F2 for entirely practical reasons - it’s cheaper!

6. How Often Do You Reach For Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

All the time. When I shoot, it’s always with me - either in the bag, or on the camera.

7. Could You Live With Just An XF35mm Lens In Your Photography Bag?

I did for 2 years, so I’d say: easily on the personal front. I don’t think I could do so professionally though. 

8. Do You Like To Use Available Light Or Studio Light With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?\

I’ve never used anything but natural light with stills. I don’t like the way artificially lit images look for the most part, so I’ve never been motivated to make them.

9. What Fuji-X Camera Body Do You Prefer To Use The XF35mm Lenses On? Why Your Choice?

I’ve used these lenses on all the bodies I’ve owned, but my favourite body right now is the X-Pro2. 

Why Your Choice?

They could have made that camera just for me.

10.Do You Have Any Favourite Photographs Using The XF35mm Lenses?

You bet. This is the lens that most of my work was made with over the past 4 years, and I've shot a varied amount of stuff with it - from street to portraiture to landscapes to music to... just about everything else. Had fun selecting only 20 images!

11.Finish This Line: The Fuji XF35mm Lenses Are…

... pretty damn awesome.

Iain Palmer

Abundant Magazine