I met Julie at a christmas drink of her agency… and knew quite quickly that I would love to shoot with her… and so we did. She just started modelling – and is a natural talent… very easy to work with!

As I mentioned in a previous blog post I was not happy with my 6×6 compositions and had a really hard time getting it right… my first thought was to sell the Rolleiflex and concentrate on rectangles… for this shoot I already had my bag packed with 35mm and the Contax 645… later that evening I changed my mind … and packed the Rolleiflex instead… bothered me somehow to surrender so easily 🙂

and it definitely is more challenging for me to compose with 6×6 – but at the same time it forces me to look more carefully and work even slower, which is a good thing… so no Rolleiflex for sale in the near future 🙂

Kodak Tri-X and Portra used here….

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Nico says:

    zart, verträumt, schön!

  2. Glad to see you hanging on to the Rollei Jan, love your ‘square’ work!

  3. Boris says:

    PERFECT! I fall in love with your works!

  4. Bartek Witek says:

    Lovely set Jan. I am glad to hear you are using Rolleiflex again. Looking forward to see some more of your squares.

  5. Glenn says:

    These are all beautiful, despite your struggles with the square format. I can’t tell from these photos that you had a hard time working with the square format. I think you nailed the compositions on each one of these. Glad you decided to keep the Rolleiflex!

  6. SePp says:

    great work Jan!

  7. Jacek says:

    Hi Jan! I have to say this – you’re an amazing photographer! Really! You’ve insired me to make a little step backward and to rethink my point of view! But I have to return to this session, where almost every shot is perfect except one… sorry but I have to say that there’s something wrong with number 13, to be precise I don’t like her hand, it looks a little bit heavy, for me … 🙂 But really, I’m watching you for almost a half year now and I love your point of view! Amazing!

  8. Raed says:

    I think you did quite well with square composition.

  9. Patrick says:

    PLEASE don’t give up your Rollei. Or squares. I think you do phenomenal work with them, but I agree with you that compositions are harder. In my opinion, the harder work pays off. Great photos!

  10. these pictures are overwhelming… seriusly! I’m glad you didn’t sell your Rolleiflex!!

  11. andrea quattrini says:


  12. Georgii says:

    Hello Jan! I must say I love almost all your squares. I think you are doing a great job when working with Rolleiflex. You should do more square photos to practice your compositions.
    Keep up!

  13. Ed says:

    Nice and elegant job!
    It’s curious, I see the world in square format, much easier to compose 🙂


  14. chasyd says:

    fantastic work.Fantastic model. What we will do if Trix will be not produced any more…….

  15. Marcel says:

    Mag ich !

  16. Rob Oresteen says:


    So many times when I look at your work, I feel that I’m in the room ready to leave for the war. It really feels like something out of Paris 1944..

    As you know, this could never be pulled off with out film, Portra specifically…:)

    Well done as usual, Jan.

  17. mysterious, beautiful and sensual

  18. Goran says:

    Just recently I ran into your blog….keep coming back here every day 🙂
    …truly amazed by your work …

  19. Subhajyoti Roychowdhury says:

    This is another amazing series Jan, I so look forward to your new series every time I visit Flickr

  20. I love the second one
    incredible sweet and oniric mood

    1. Betsey says:

      Callnig all cars, calling all cars, we’re ready to make a deal.

    2. Good point on the timing of the expiration. “My opponent suports tax cuts for the rich” will be Presidnet Obama’s go-to demagoguery in the 2012 campaign. The media will be an echo chamber. We will need an exceptionally articulate, strong, principled candidate to counter this. I don’t see that person out there right now.

  21. Karl-Heinz Fuchs says:

    Wunderbare Arbeiten zeigst Du hier; zerbrechlich wie Glas. – Ich hoffe, Du verkaufst Deine Rolleiflex auch in ferner Zukunft nicht…

    1. Fanny says:

      La peli francesa que hicieron del tema es una birria, más parece un folletin que otra cosa, se ven más brincos en los tres minutos del video del youtube que en la hora y media de la pelicula.No sé como lo tendras de facil el añadir nuevos emoticonos, pero te por si te gusta y quieres usarlo. x)Por si no funciona el enlace: im2.i31imageshack.us/img143/3g22/4conjuasvg8.gif

  22. tobymutz says:

    there’s a magical romantic & sensual charm to your work and the models you work with that I love & find inspiring, time and time again.

  23. pask says:

    Such a beautiful mood. Love it. How do you get this light? 🙂

  24. Miles says:

    Every one of these images is wonderfully realised, but I have to say, number 8 is sublime, absolutely sublime.

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