Like for most of us, the quaratine of of 2020 was a very challenging time for me. As as an opera singer all of my concerts and productions were cancelled and for the Street-Portraits Project meant a full stop since traveling and meeting strangers in the street was not an option because of social distancing. So I decided to put the extra free time to good use and make a photography project with a recently acquired 4×5 camera.
As subject I chose places in Bern (where I live with my family since 2008) that I know well and have been meaning to photograph but never had the chance to. The use of black and white was a purely financial decision because I love color and never worked in monochrome before. They say restrictions promote creativity so there you go. One more thing to learn about. I bought 100 sheets of Fomapan 200, the cheapest black and white film on the market and started this project. I also found a sale of expired Polaroid Originals B&W 600 film and decided to use it along side this project. The artistic rendering of this instant film has been a counter weight to the hight definition and technical rendering of the 4×5 camera.
Please take a look at these postcards of the beautiful city of Bern. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
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