In your bag No: 1121 – Constantin Mashinskiy


by Bellamy /

3 min read

In your bag 1121, Constantin Mashinskiy
A Russian photographer, living in Paris, brandishing a Kazakhstan passport and some cool cameras. That is what we like to see. Check it out.

Dear Bellamy and JCH Readers,

My name is Constantin Mashinskiy, and I’m a 27 y.o. Russian-born art director and photographer living in Paris. Born in Kazakhstan. Raised in Spain. Graduated from EPSAA Paris with a degree in Visual Communications. Full-time vegan. My recently finished series about Parisian strangers can be found on or

And today, I wanted to present the common contents of my daily bag:

— Lowepro Urban Reporter 150

My daily messenger bag. Really light, discreet and compact with many compartments to stock most of the gear below. It was a gift from Lowepro France team to support a project, they’ve proposed to pick any bag from their collection and I’ve chosen this one since I wanted something small and suitable for street photography.

— Leica M6 with Elmarit 28mm

My favorite camera and my favorite focal distance for working the street scenes. I use it only for long-term projects. We’ve got the same age and it doesn’t need batteries to operate.

— Leica Summicron 50mm & Leica SF20

I care the 50mm only when needed since I had almost the same focal hanging on the other shoulder during all the last year (the 58mm Helios), but it’s a practical lens for shooting portraits on film. The flash simply does what’s expected, usually I use it indoors or during the night.

— Konica Big Mini 35mm

A fantastic and really affordable point-and-shoot film camera with very sharp and contrasty f/3.5 lens. It has its cult and photographers like Araki or Robert Frank used one.

— Kodak Tri-X 400 & Kodak Portra 400 films

Any films are good, but most of the time I shoot Tri-X pushed two steps for black and white and Portra at box speed with flash or pushed one or two stops for color.

— Canon 6D with Helios 58mm

One of the “lightest” full frame DSLRs coupled with a Soviet lens from my Zenit. The glass is full of imperfections compared to modern lenses, but I know it since my childhood and I still love its character. In general, I only use it when I absolutely need the shoots on the same day.

— Marshall Monitor headphones, sketchbook & pens

Nothing special to say, I just love listening music while commuting and I constantly fill all my notebooks with notes, sketches and ideas. The Sharpie is to write annotations on film rolls for further development.

— Kazakhstan passport

Maybe one of the most difficult passports to obtain, I’ve found mine back in spring of eighty-seven.
The picture was taken with a Ricoh GR, which I usually care in my pocket

Cheers to y’all and please remember, it’s not the gear that takes the pictures

— Constantin

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Constantin. Why the Kazakhstan passport?
Check it out and make sure you come and comment.

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12 comments on “In your bag No: 1121 – Constantin Mashinskiy”

    Mark February 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm / Reply

    Nice portraits, I really like the little texts that you have put with them!

    alexandre February 10, 2015 at 11:56 pm / Reply

    nice to see the bag of Constantin on thsi website, as a parisian myself i already knew about his great work.

    David Jonsson February 11, 2015 at 5:03 am / Reply

    Great photos and your comments below each are interresting too!

    jssf February 11, 2015 at 8:21 am / Reply

    Your 365 series is superb.

    Fab February 12, 2015 at 5:01 am / Reply

    Hi, do you use a flash for your 365 or is it all natural light ? That’s a great serie by the way !

      Constantin February 18, 2015 at 8:24 am /

      Hi Fab, only available light. No flash.

    Digby February 12, 2015 at 7:07 am / Reply

    Fabulous project. Interesting faces well photographed.

    Marty February 12, 2015 at 8:08 pm / Reply

    Gorgeous portraits…cannot stop checking them out…

    Martin February 17, 2015 at 5:30 am / Reply

    Hi Constantin, how do you manage shooting film and being vegan? I am asking because film – as I am sure you know – contains gelatin made from animals.

      Constantin February 18, 2015 at 8:23 am /

      Hello Martin, unfortunately you’re right. That’s not vegan, even if the quantities are really small. Adox claim to use 3-9 grams per sqm (16 films) –

      Constantin February 18, 2015 at 8:35 am /

      Sadly LCD screens, batteries, most of the photographic paper and glue used in books aren’t vegan neither

    Jesse February 18, 2015 at 10:27 pm / Reply

    Great portraits! Are you going to print them in a book?

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