(analogue) Photographer of the Month (March '23) - Clairine Baharrizki
Always carrying a camera Clairine's photography is a great example of documentary photography. Moody colours, concentric shapes and harsh lines all sum up Claririne's images.
Name: Clairine Baharrizki
Instagram handle: @klerbah
How did you get into film photography?
I had a Fujifilm Instax Mini growing up and that was my first "film" camera that I had. I was interested in the science behind polaroid cameras developing into an image after being captured. It's different to digital photos where everything feels more flat. Film just has that raw and unexpected results after development. The process of developing film is also a beauty in itself.
What draws you to shoot film?
With the Instax mini that I have, I wanted to shoot film to make memories with my family and friends. This is because most of my childhood photos got ruined during a flood a few years ago back home in Indonesia. Sadly, my parents didn't know how to scan them and back them up to a file. It was devastating, but now I gotta make sure that I capture and cherish every moment.
Do you shoot much digital?
I don't have a digital camera, most of my digital photos are captured by my phone. I find shooting digital a bit more challenging for some reason. It would be nice to practice though. I'm trying to save up for a Fujifilm x100v camera, but I'm currently still very much in love with the process of film photography.
Do you edit many of your film photographs?
Mostly yes, it's to enhance the brightness of the colour that is already there. Some photos I tilt a little bit, because it seems that I can't shoot straight most of the time (oops).
Your images are very ‘observational’ do you always carry a camera with you?
I do! So, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called lupus and my rheumatologist prescribed me with exercise (yikes). Not gonna lie, going on photo walks on the weekend is usually the only "exercise" that I do. I like to observe people and nature and capture what they are doing. I'm too shy to approach people for a photo most of the time.
Do you carry your Leica R4s everyday or do you have a smaller camera as well?
I usually carry my Leica R4s everywhere, but I have a Canon Sure Shot 76 that I bought from The Film Lab. It was Baz (rest his soul) who helped me pick it. I was a broke uni student who wanted to give film photography a try and I'm glad I did. I came to him with various concerns about the camera (mind you, I had 0 knowledge about film, cameras and photography in general) and he has taught me a lot. I started off with my Canon and moved to Leica. Usually I bring my Canon whilst traveling or going out for events with friends, because my Leica is chonky and can be a bit heavy to carry around all the time.
Quick fire ten questions
- 35mm or 120? 35mm
- Colour or B&W? Colour
- Zoom Lenses or Fixed? Zoom Lenses
- Portrait or Landscape (Orientation)? Portrait
- Flash or Natural Light? Natural Light always!
- SLR (or TLR) or Rangefinder or Point and Shoot? SLR because it challenge me to practice and be better
- Must be razor sharp or more about the aesthetic? I aim for razor sharp but they turn out to be more about the aesthetic
- Favourite Camera? My baby Leica R4s of course
- Favourite Photographer? Nat Meier
- Favourite Photo Book? So sorry but I don't have one, I mostly see stuff online