In your bag No: 1260 – Moritz Bauer


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In your bag No: 1260, Moritz Bauer
Moritz is a generous chap, as he shares not one, but two bags with us today. One for the high tech nerdy types and once for the people who like things a little bit simpler. But both are brilliant. Come and check them out.

Hi everyone, thanks for letting me share my bag, well actually two bags, here with you today.

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Moritz, I am an Austrian molecular biologist from Vienna, but soon will move to beautiful Barcelona in the name of science to get my PhD.

The reason I am sharing two bags with you today is that each represents a certain turning point for me as a creative person, as a photographer.

What you see in bag number 1 is what I just took with me to Portugal and a bit later to Iceland. This was actually my second time visiting Iceland. Four years ago, when together with my parents and my sister, I visited it the first time, I had no clue about photography. My father was always an avid photographer, but he never managed to persuade me to pick up a camera. But things changed when we visited this magical island, and all of a sudden, I just had to take pictures. I didn’t stop since then.

Bag number 2 first and foremost includes my Leica. I never saw myself pickup film photography. We had some old Contax film SLRs lying around, but they where left unused for years. However, something happened again. I started the mammoth project of digitizing all of our families old slide film and negatives and saw myself being more and more captivated by the beauty of them. Together with my father, we starting dusting off one of the old Contax cameras and I shot my first roll of Portra 400. After I got the scans back from the lab, I was hooked. But I also knew I wanted something for my own. A piece, I could some day give to my children. Hours of looking at old cameras followed, not too few here at Japan Camera Hunter. I’ve talked too my father and one day he came to me and told me we would get me something to celebrate my university graduation. That was the day we bought my Leica M6 and the 35mm Summicron ASPH. It was a very happy day.

So, after this lengthy introduction, what do I actually carry in these bags…

Bag #1
– Billingham Hadley Pro: Everyone needs one and it is an almost perfect travel companion.
– Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the PanaLeica 25mm f1.4 and the Olympus 75mm f1.8: Wonderful camera with even better lenses.
– On the Olympus, a Lance Camera Strap: I can’t recommend his straps enough. They feel great and are really fast to change to another camera. It is always with me.
– – Ricoh GR with the wide-angle adapter and two Hoya 3-stop ND filters: I still can’t believe the quality of this little power house.
– Sirui T-005X tripod: Great quality for such a price and more than adequate for mirrorless cameras.
– Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 noise cancelling headphones: Actually already my 3rd pair, but I simply love them.
– iPad Air: For watching TV shows and backing up photos.
– Kindle: always loaded with some Haruki Murakami novel as I am completely addicted.
– and iPhone charger, shades, wallet, batteries, SD cards and some small things in a Cocoon Grid-it (which makes changing bags quicker).

Bag #2
– Fossil leather bag: Not as functional as the Billingham, but wonderfully worn in and my daily bag when going around the city.
– Leica M6 with Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH: Owning this camera and lens is a dream come true and I am sure it will accompany me for many years to come. I still don’t know why, but shooting with it simply puts me in a different state of mine compared to other cameras.
– On it, again my Lance Camera Strap
– Some Kodak Portra 400 and recently a roll of CineStill 800T
– Ricoh GR
– stuff like in the other bag

That’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed my two bags and their little stories. If you want to see some of my work, just head over to Flickr or 500px. Feedback is always welcome.

Flickr for more people:
500px for more landscapes:

Thanks for sharing your bags with us, Moritz. A very nice graduation present from your father.
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6 comments on “In your bag No: 1260 – Moritz Bauer”

    J.S. September 11, 2015 at 12:48 pm / Reply

    Please, when in Barcelona, be careful with your Leica M6. There are a lot of pickpockets trained on Leica expensive staff.

    Max Heimann September 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm / Reply

    Hej Moritz,

    Nice setup. I really like your photographic style. Haruki Murakami really does go well together with photography does it not?
    Maybe it is something about slowing down in this fast world.


    Moritz Bauer September 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm / Reply

    Thanks for the kind words! I have actually never thought about my connection of photography and Murakami, but now that you’ve mentioned it, my photos actually started to looked different when I started reading Murakami! He definitely paints wonderful pictures in you head.

    Thanks for the tip! I actually wanted to go out with my Leica today, but may now tape it up a bit before hand.

    Marcel·lí September 12, 2015 at 4:44 am / Reply

    Nice talk and nice pictures, Moritz.

    Grüsse aus Barcelona, wäre schön, dich zu treffen, bin auch ein Leica shooter in der Stadt ;-)

    Moritz Bauer September 12, 2015 at 6:34 pm / Reply

    Thanks Marcel.lí!

    And of course we have to meet up! Just write me in Flickr or 500px. Hoffentlich bis bald!

    Brett November 5, 2015 at 1:01 am / Reply

    You are a rare find on this site. I love geeking out to everyone’s bags but I’m always a little underwhelmed by the level of the photography people choose to share with their stories.
    Your work is really great, you are a great photographer.
    Im not trying to hate on everyone else, I actually believe that mostly is just a case of people not showing their strongest work, but I just had to comment.
    Your landscapes are perfect and your “street” stuff is in the top 10% (way better than some famous “streettogs” that I’m sure we call all name lol).
    Great inspirational photography.

    Thank you for sharing!

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