I started shooting with large-format view cameras about 20 years ago. I still exert the shot discipline I acquired from using this equipment after having gone digital in 2013. This has lead to an engineered style in photography, and although I refrain from hoarding my interest in equipment and the technical aspects is inherent.

Setting up a heavy tripod and carefully composing an image lets me see rather than peek. It is clear that this excludes traveling in groups and taking organized package trips. And I must thank Isabel, my wife and travel companion, to bear with me.

As much as globalisation has brought development and improved health care to remote places, the downtown areas of most major cities have become so devoid of visual and cultural diversity, that it is possible to create images that offer no evidence to the country they were made in.  In a lot of places the people dress the same, they eat the same food, they aspire to the same modernity. But I hope that my images can be seen as a testament for individuality and tolerance, as well as the cultural and natural diversity in the world.

Any form of use, including but not limited to, downloading, saving, copying, reproduction or distribution of images for any purpose, is prohibited without my express written permission.

I pursue no commercial interest in licensing images. But please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss a project, the use of a specific image, or the way to obtain a fine art print.

Stephan.Russenschuck@gmail.com

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The images on this site are heavily compressed jpegs of about 5 MP saved in the sRGB color space. The images therefore qualify to be viewed at full size on the iPad Mini (7.9″ Retina at 326 ppi) and at about half the area size of the iMac 5K (27” Retina at 217 ppi). But with no universal standard for monitor calibration, it is difficult to ensure that you will see on your monitor what I did on mine. I highly recommend investing in a hardware puck for monitor calibration.

On a laptop there is the additional difficulty of ensuring the correct viewing angle for achieving accuracy for color and brightness.  As a quick check, view the monitor calibration target at some distance from the screen or with your eyes thrown out of focus. For a gamma setting of 2.2 and the right viewing angle, the middle pattern and its frame will appear as the same shades of grey. If the lines in the highlight pattern cannot be resolved, chances are that the monitor is too bright. Problems in resolving the lines in the dark pattern are likely caused by too bright ambient lighting.

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