|Andreas Feininger's The Photojournalist Behind a Fed 4 (reworked)|
A few years ago, I thought I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a Street Photographer. It didn't take long for me to realize that I sucked at it at times. Sometimes I would get fortunate in getting killer shots. But oftentimes my best shots are miserable lots. But this is the essence. Perhaps, that is why I fall back into portraits. And nowadays when I'm sober I just take pictures of non-moving objects. They usually don't complain a lot.
Like any other skills, I need to practice taking pictures. I've always wanted to take photos of vintage cameras. I do own a few but I felt that I didn't have the right elements to make it work. Until today. I just remembered Andreas Feininger's photo of Dennis Stock, the face behind the camera. Stock went on to become a leading photojournalist with Magnum Photos, which is famous for their street photography.
Which brings me to vintage cameras. The Fed is a neat rangefinder that kind of works like a Leica, the most coveted camera by every street photographer. Not really comparable as far as quality. But it's a poor man's Leica. I could count with my one hand how many fine photos I've shot with the Fed. Actually, I'm lying. I don't have any decent shots I made with it. But the camera looks cool. For that, it scores some points. It has to.
This is my tribute to Andreas Feininger's iconic photo: A picture of my Fed 4 in front of the picture.
Originally posted December 15, 2014