In your bag No: 1671 – Christian Henkel

Christian goes large in bag and format to fulfill a large vision and project.

Hey everyone,

My name is Christian and I work for a small university in southern Germany. What you see in this picture is my main camera which I use to shoot documentary photography with. As I am using the camera to tell stories of interesting people and places for my students, I also take a small podcasting setup with me. Two years ago I traveled through Eastern Europe to document the changing societies along the route of the famous Oriental Express. My current project takes me around Germany to see how land use changes as more and more small farmers give up their fields.

As I travel by train the setup has to be relatively lightweight and sturdy. I have recently upgraded to a new Charmonix 4×5 camera from my old reliable Graflex Crown Graphic. I use two lenses, a 90mm Grandagon and a 150mm Sironar-N.

Film-wise I restrict myself to Delta 100 and Ektar 100 which I develop and print at home or in the community photo lab.

Shooting large format is a process that gets your subjects involved. And, as I am working very slowly and often quite clumsily, it is also far less intimidating for the sitters. It is a conversation starter, and that is just what I need for my work.

You can see a selection of my photos and learn more about my work here.



p.s. I also have a slightly larger field kit which includes a portable flash, i.e. a Jinbei porty, and a softbox. With this I switch from my Osprey backpack to the ThinkTank Airport Security roller case.


Thanks for sharing with us your bag shot Christian. I envy your shoulder and back muscles.

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