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@brhau from San Francisco

Benjamin Rhau – Instagram & EyeEm: @brhau  

 

We are pleased to welcome Benjamin Rhau, aka @brhau from San Francisco | USA in our Mobile Photography Gallery.

Either black and white or color, Benjamin captures precious moments on the streets of San Francisco.
Benjamin tells us about this photograph as well as about both his technique and influences.

“My primary medium is writing, so I was really not a visual person at all until I started shooting on the iPhone almost 2 years ago.”

 

MY PICTURE

“People who live in San Francisco can appreciate that it’s usually quite cold and foggy by the beach. We get a few warm days in October, so we were out by the ocean with that beautiful, golden hour light. As I walked with my family, I noticed this man up ahead, who had so much story in his posture and presence. I managed to get one shot, and originally thought I would crop the girls out of the frame. When I checked my roll, I liked the contrast, having them in the shot.”

 

MY TECHNICAL STUFF

“This was taken on an iPhone 4S with ProCamera. With that app, I tend to manually lock exposure and focus. I didn’t do much processing. I sharpened it slightly in Filterstorm and then cropped it. Sometimes, I like to give the picture a little bit of room in the context of the IG feed, so I added some white space on the borders by adjusting the canvas size in Squaready.”

 

MY INFLUENCES

“You know, my primary medium is writing, so I was really not a visual person at all until I started shooting on the iPhone almost 2 years ago. But I am very interested in graphic novels, and how people tell stories with minimal line. Adrian Tomine and Charles Burns come to mind. Also, I am a bit of a film nut, stemming from my interest in graphic illustration– a couple of my favorite DP’s are Christopher Doyle and Roger Deakins. I believe they are also both still photographers, but I just know them from the films.”