Newborn photographer

I often tell myself, it would be nice if I can take the love for photography with me… where ever I go. I remember as a teenager, in the Eastern Block, looking at and absorbing every image from Photography magazines. Admiring the work of Bresson, Koudelka and Kartez, just to name few. Images had an amazing effect on me.

Failed miserably at all subject in school but painting, and even that I was so so. I needed to find my soul someplace… or in something. I live in Canada since 1976, worked in various jobs as a welder and became very good at it. Even so, I was missing something. So I opened a small Commercial Photography Studio.

I did well for a few years till digital came, and suddenly everybody was a photographer. Slowly I lost the passion for it and closed the Studio. Went back to welding witch was secure financially, but that is all. I sold all my equipment 4×5 Sinar, big Cannon lenses, Hasselblad, Power packs and such.

Fujifilm came with their digital cameras, so I decided to photograph again. The minute I picked up the Fuji X-T2 and the 35mm f/2 lens, I became alive again. The sharpness, the accuracy of the colours… overwhelmed me and Magic came back, and I was the happiest man alive. Soon I got Fuji the X-T3 and a couple of prime lenses.

I cannot explain, but the Fuji camera became an inseparable part of me. I could not go anywhere without it. This camera somehow makes the magic of light and composition appear before me without any effort on my part. Street photography and equally so studio work was a pleasure beyond belief.

I do own a small welding business, but above it, I built a photo studio where the magic of life takes place, where I spend quality time. Time worth living.

Michael Miro Nikolich - I own a small welding business, but above it, I built a photo studio where the magic of life takes place, where I spend quality time. Time worth living.

3 Comments

  1. “… and suddenly everyone was a photographer. Slowly I lost passion for it…”

    Boy, does that ring true to me. Forty years of shooting film and a then a bunch of 15 year olds that have no idea what an f-stop is think photography is “fixing it in photoshop”.

    Like you, a Fujifilm camera has reignited my zest for shooting…. I treat it like an analog camera, striving to get everything correct before hitting the shutter release. When everything comes together it brings joy like I got opening a box of slides fresh from the lab back in the day.

    I might mention to other readers of this post to click on the square photos at the bottom which opens them in the correct aspect ratios.
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