X-Pert 53 Interview
Fuji-X Photographer Bert Stephani Is A Photographer who Specialises in creative portraiture and compelling storytelling. He Is Also A Member Of The International Photographers Group, The Kage Collective (Pronounced Ka-Gay). He Is Based In belgium.
Bert Stephani enjoys shooting stories, creating big narratives from smaller tales. His portraiture is such that he likes to capture the uniqueness of a person making each photo individual. Bert is also a champion for photography, he is a campaigner for photography, admitting to being a strong advocate of this artistic movement, holding workshops and speaking engagements to share his knowledge and passion for the medium. All this makes him the highly skilled and mastered photographer he is and I am proud that he is supporting 53mm in this way by sharing his love for the lenses that he uses for a large majority of his photography, the XF35mm lenses.
Here is Bert's X-pert 53.
1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?
Well, you are starting the interview with the hardest question for me. After ten years in the business, shooting pretty much anything and everything, I’ve been doing a lot of searching over the last 12 months to redefine my direction a bit more. I don’t want to be contained in a little box either in the subject I shoot or the type of clients I work for. I like to believe that any potential client that likes the vibe of my work, can hire me. Whether that’s for a wedding or an advertising job.
The thing that I look for in my images is authenticity and most of the time I shoot portraits or documentary images. I’m first of all a story teller and I prefer to tell real stories, not constructed ones.
2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?
The 35mm lenses tie in perfectly to my love for authenticity. I call the 35mm my “life lens”. It’s field of view is similar to what we see with the human eye (without the peripheral vision). That makes it honest and real. It can be a challenge to shoot with the 35mm but it forces you to work hard and find the shot that says it all.
3. What Do You Like Photographing The Best With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?
Sometimes I dream of shooting everything with just the 35mm. Many years ago (when I still used Canon full frame cameras), I did an experiment to shoot for 50 days with just the 50mm lens. It wasn’t easy to keep up but it gave me the confidence that if I have to, I can shoot anything with a 50mm equivalent lens. (If you look for my name on Youtube, the project is still there)
So I use the 35mm in many different circumstances. But probably more for personal documentary work, away from the pressure to make a lot of usable images in a short amount of time.
4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?
Yes I do, sometimes a lot, sometimes it stays in my bag. It really depends on the situation.
5. Fuji XF35mm F/1.4 Or Fuji XF35 F/2?
The 1.4 was my first Fuji lens and I’ve always loved it. It just adds a special magic to images. I still have and use it but these days, the f2 is my goto lens. It focuses so much quicker and the weather sealing comes in handy in my outdoor work.
6. How Often Do You Reach For Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?
That really depends. I seem to go through phases when it comes to lenses. But I always return to the 35mm sooner or later. I’ve done complete jobs with the 35mm and it has stayed in my bag for others.
7. Could You Live With Just An XF35mm Lens In Your Photography Bag?
I probably could.
8. Do You Like To Use Available Light Or Studio Light With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?
Mostly available light, but I also use it in combination with off-camera flash.
9. What Fuji-X Camera Body Do You Prefer To Use The XF35mm Lenses On? Why Your Choice?
No doubt, the X-Pro2.
Why Your Choice?
It just feels like the right combination and it makes me feel like Cartier-Bresson :-)
10.Do You Have Any Favourite Photographs Using The XF35mm Lenses?