James Mollison in my house and Phase One in my hand
James Mollison stopped at my house yesterday on his way back from Belgrade. For you who don’t know James’s work, you must check his books and he did many, many books. My favourite book of his is The Disciples, a must have in your photographic library.
We used to work together in Fabrica.it we lived in an old stereotypical Italian villa, where we had numerous parties. Here is a link to a picture from one of the party. The villa was very old and rooms were without a heating, we only had one big central fire place and that was the place for brainstorming about nothing and everything. And so we did also yesterday night. After a glass or two, I confessed that I “envy” his success in book publishing and that after my postgraduate studies at London College of Printing I decided to set aside my artistic career and first take care of my family so I became a craftsman, build a house, learned how to make a money with photography, take care of my family,… Now we’re in a new house and my daughters are ladies already at age of 4 and 7 and I can feel the Artist-in-me is coming on stage again. The craftsmen-in-me is nowadays only taking pictures and everything else is outsourced.
Today I got this great, great, GREAT feeling that at age of 36 I have a really solid foundation for life in the house, in my family, in my friends, in the-craftsman-in-me and I’m in the best physical shape ever. I got this great feeling that in front of me are at least another 36 years to be devoted to The Art. And of course James, an old friend is a beacon out there – in here, a guest in my house.
I tried his camera Phase One model P65. I was making a personal test how the camera would fit my way of working. First few impressive technical characteristics. This animal produces files of 8984 x 6732px, that is 60million pixels, format 6×4,5. It is basically a system of Mamiya AF645, shaped up for needs of studio / fashion photography. Slideshow below can show you what was I interested in. How those Schneider lenses are drawing at aperture f/2,8, could I catch a moment when my daughter will be in focus while swinging,… The noise level at 400 ISO is already very visible. James said he uses only at 100 and 200 ISO. Display is very small and very bad and batteries run out amazingly quickly. Nevertheless this depth of field at full body shots with 110mm lens at f/2,8 is amazing and sharpness at 8 is too good.