First, a bit of background? As much or as little as you are comfortable sharing… Name, Where you are from, what you do, What else in life do you enjoy? that sort of thing?
I’m Jimmy Yang and I’m from Taipei, Taiwan. I have a full-time job as research analyst at a bank, but I enjoy doing street photography in my free time. Sometime I do other kinds of photography, but I think street photography is the kind of photography that interest me the most because I believe it gives me a chance to tell a story through powerful.
How long have you been taking photos?
I have been taking photos for around 7 years now. It started when my dad brought me my first DSLR just before I went to college. Just like many other people, I started exploring all kinds of different photography, landscapes, portraits, but then I saw some works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, and I started to do street photography ever since.
What sort of photography do you enjoy or partake in the most (street, landscape, etc)?
As I said before , I love street photography, but now sometime I took my cameras with me when I go surfing.(My surfing camera, Nikon action touch, just died last week L)
Which is/are your favourite 35mmc compact/rangefinder cameras?
My personal favorite camera is my black paint Leica mp-6. It offers everything I ever wanted on a camera, and the black paint with some brassing looks sexy.
How big a part of your photography life are 35mm compact cameras/rangefinders?
Every camera I own right now besides my Nikon F3 is a 35mm compact/rangefinder camera. I often use my Leica mp-6, m6, Olympus mju ii, and Yashica T5D, and these cameras are great tools that suits my style of photography.
What about the experience of shooting with these cameras appeals to you?
These cameras are easy to carry around and very discreet on the street, and Leicas are known for their reliability, so I don’t have to worry about my cameras when I am out shooting.
How do you feel they have effected your style? become part of it? or are the reason for it…?
I started to develop my style of photography with a rangefinder camera, so I think rangefinders are a part of my kind of photography.
What is it specifically about these cameras that appeal to you so much?
These cameras are just easier to use in everyday life and still takes great pictures. I believe an Olympus Mju II with a roll of nice film like Kodak Tri-X 400 or Portra 400 is just as good as any other cameras out there.
What was the path to this shooting habit? How did you discover it appealed to you?
I always like a small camera that I can take everywhere with me, and the massive and heavy DSLRs are just seems unnecessary to me. My first rangefinder is a Canon QL17, it was a great camera, but I soon moved to Leica M6 for bigger viewfinder.
Show us your favourite/best images taken with a compact or rangefinder camera?
Here are some shots that I took with my Leica mp-6 and 35 summicron.