Making intimate pictures means packing light and indiscreet |
Kale J. Friesen

I just got back last week from an amazing 11 days in Europe, mainly in Paris and Amsterdam. When you get to do what you love time passes quickly and sometimes you look up and it’s been 2 years since you’ve been able to take a vacation. So was my wife and my situation. So after a snap decision we booked our plane tickets. As any obsessive photographers might admit, when planning a trip, one of the biggest anxieties is what will I need ? How much gear can I squeeze in my carry on?. This was my first time out of many trips to Europe where I brought a small kit, and left my DSLR at home. For this trip I packed one of my favourite cameras I’ve ever owned the Fujifilm X-E1 and the brand new Fujifilm X-T1, 3 batteries, and for lenses the XF 18mm f2, XF 14mm f2.8 and the beautiful 35mm f1.4. All this fit into my small shoulder bag, versus the backpack I used to have to lug around. Outside of my fashion, beauty and commercial work I consider myself a documentary photographer, not for any other reason other than telling my story to the world, and making photographs of things that  move me, sadden me, and enlighten me. Having spent almost 4 years living in Paris, and being the birth place of my love and now lifelong obsession of making photographs, I was excited to see the city through new eyes after not visiting for almost 3 years. At the end of 11 days spent in Paris and Amsterdam I shot about 400 photographs with my X-E1 and X-T1, and 2 rolls of film with my little Canon Canonet, all photographs were processed with VSCO presets for Adobe Lightroom…….

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