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Baltimore
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Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F and Cimko 24mm f/2.8Fujicolor NPS 160

Baltimore

Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F and Cimko 24mm f/2.8

Fujicolor NPS 160

Palm Beach, FL
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Mamiya C330 S and Sekor 55mm f/4.5Kodak Ektachrome E100 VS

Palm Beach, FL

Mamiya C330 S and Sekor 55mm f/4.5

Kodak Ektachrome E100 VS

"This is the way of the post–September 11 world, where whistleblowers and news organizations reveal what would have once been considered illegal and then, years later, find themselves “revealing” it yet again, and then again. So it has been with torture and extrajudicial killing and warrantless wiretapping. We might call these frozen scandals, which begin in revelation and white-hot controversy and end with our learning to live with secret wrongdoing that is in fact no secret at all. This is our new normal…"

— from "He Remade Our World" by Mark Danner (New York Review of Books, 4/3/14)

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Mamiya C330 S and Sekor 55mm f/4.5Kodak Portra 800

Mamiya C330 S and Sekor 55mm f/4.5

Kodak Portra 800

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Hampden
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Rolleiflex 2.8FFujicolor NPS 160

Hampden

Baltimore

Rolleiflex 2.8F

Fujicolor NPS 160

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"I take photographs in my neighborhood. I think that mysterious things happen in familiar places. We don’t always need to run to the other end of the world."

— Saul Leiter

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stephanegoin asked: Just 4 words > I love your work.

:) Thank you!

…I’m quite a fan of your work as well!

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Rolleiflex 2.8FFujicolor NPS 160

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Rolleiflex 2.8F

Fujicolor NPS 160

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Fujica GW690
Fujichrome Astia 100F

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Fujichrome Astia 100F

Anonymous asked: Hello Patrick,Can you tell us a little bit about your Ricohflex and why you use it for street photography ? Thanks !

The Ricohflex is one of my favorite cameras and I’ve posted over 400 pictures from it over the last six years or so. It has some sentimental value, in part, because it was my first medium format camera, but I wouldn’t still be using it if it didn’t have a number of practical advantages. The two best things it has going for it is a sharp lens and a small package (for a medium format camera). The ergonomics aren’t spectacular, but once you get used to them, they’re pretty easy to deal with. Also, the camera is a pretty simple mechanical design, which makes it less likely to break.

When I do street photography I often like to have one medium format and one 35mm camera, I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing much when choosing the Ricohflex over one of my heavier TLRs. Sure, the lens on my Rolleiflex is sharper and the coatings on my Mamiya or Yashica mat are better, but I usually don’t find these things to be the most important when what you’re mostly trying to do is get the focus and composition right.

There are always trade-offs, one of which is the screen on the Ricohflex which, along with other TLRs of that era, is fairly dark, making it difficult to focus in low-light situations. You can also easily make an accidental double exposure with this camera. Still, when people message me about the kind of medium format camera they should buy, I often recommend the Ricohflex, especially if cost is a primary concern.

There are a lot of different Ricohflex models out there, though many of them are pretty similar. I have the “Super” Ricohflex, but you might also check out what other models are out there by checking out the flickr Ricohflex group.