When it comes to photography I am a bit old school. I studied photography for several years and worked as a photo developer for many years. I use an old fashioned 35mm film Nikon F3 camera, which you then have to take to the shop and get it developed. If you want to upload your picture to the computer you need to ask the nice people at the shop to put your picture on a CD as well as develop and print.
Sadly this style of photography is disappearing from this world and so it is quite expensive, but to me the soft and rich look of a picture taken with a film camera is like no other in quality and beauty. Even when scanning it to a computer, pictures that were originally taken on a film camera are more vibrant and they pop out more than any other picture.
The limited 36 photos of a roll of film, the uncertainty of how the photo will come out and to an extant the price, turns the act of taking a picture a lot more precious and makes the photographer consider his shots more carefully. It creates discipline and respect, which lead to more focus and attention to detail.
It is this kind of planning and concious effort put into the photographic frame that I admire most in other photographers' work and try to achieve in my own. Jeff Wall, who uses 4x5 format camera to create massive billboard size photos that he than exhibits stretched on light boxes, is one of my favourite still photographers. His frames are craftily designed and planned to the last detail and often they are based on famous paintings.
Influenced by Wall, my photographs have a cinematic character to them. Films have always been a big part of my life. I prefer taking pictures of people than of places, I like putting them in active situations and create an atmosphere. I wish to direct a photographic moment that will look as if it was none but a fleeting moment.