A little about me...

A little about me and my photography...

I have shot a lot of different things in wide variety of different photographic genres and on a lot of different kinds of gear since taking up photography in 1998.  I am firmly in the "advanced hobbyist" category though I would also call myself obsessed with the pure art of photography.  I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and I'm always trying new things and pushing myself and my work into new directions. 

These days I am shooting mostly film and reserving digital for special situations.  After having shot many years with a wide array of DSLR gear, around June of 2013 I decided I needed to get more in touch with the roots of photography.  So I returned to the film world that I had only briefly experienced back in the late 1990s. To say I've been having a blast would be a huge understatement.  Film is fun.  It can also be a pain in the ass sometimes but even then it is fun. 

Lately I have been concentrating mostly on Large Format film cameras as my primary tool.   I shoot four different sizes of large format film including 9x12cm, 4x5", 5x7" and 8x10".  I also use several different medium format cameras including everything from a Bronica SQ-A to Rolleiflex and Yashica Mat 124G TLRs and even a growing collection of Holga plastic 120 cameras for the unique look of the images they produce.  For my street photography work I use mostly 35mm rangefinder bodies including a Zorki 6, Yashica Electro 35 GSN and Minolta 7S.   For certain projects I also employ pinhole cameras as my tool of choice.  My pinholes start with 6x6cm medium format and go all the way up to 8x10" large format.  Because the best camera is the one you have with you, I also shoot with my iPhone using either the Hipstamatic app or Jagr's 645 Pro app which allows for emulation of several types of films and film backs with different aspect ratios. 

I develop all my own black and white and C41 color negative film at home.  For a variety of reasons I do not shoot color slide film. The chemistry aspect of self developing film appeals to the mad scientist in be and I enjoy trying new developer and film combinations and tweaking the recipes a bit every now and then to try and improve the final output.  I also do my own darkroom prints in sizes up to 16x20.  One long range target for me is to start doing wet plate collodion tin types and explore several other alternative processes.  I'm absolutely fascinated by the process involved with wet plate, a once dying art form that was invented in the mid 1800s and is seeing a huge resurgence in recent years.  If everything goes as planned, I should be adding wet plate shooting to my bag of tools sometime in the near future. 

My day job has me developing software in a corporate environment for a major magazine and book publisher.  I'm married to a wonderful woman who is a remarkable photographer in her own right.  She enjoys shooting mostly macro images in digital.

To contact me via email: Gregg.Obst@Gmail.com