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Tell us about the location in the photos.

The place in the photos is my birthplace, the place where I grew up and where I still live. It’s my home.

The wilderness borders three countries. I live on the German side and there is the border to the Czech Republic and Austria. This national park is called Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest National Park). It’s an area of about 24.217 hectares (nearly 60,000 acres. This is where I mostly take my pictures.

I can’t tell you how often I have been there, but it’s always still very amazing for me to explore this land again and again. It looks so very different from each season to another season. A lot of very rare animals and plants find their home in this area. For me it’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to live close to this landmark.

How did you get started as a photographer?

I started photographing pictures taken on expired Polaroid Time Zero film. I was totally amazed by what these expired film can do and I wanted so much to get this stuff for my own images. From time to time I experienced a lot more and started to shoot with more professional analog instant cameras, learning how to measure the light and use different film and shutter speeds.

My newest camera is the Wista Field 4×5 camera and there is so much to experience with it. I hope my filmstock isn’t gone one day…

Does anything in particular influence your photography style?

There are a lot of very inspiring people out there – it would be a very very long list to show here. The first influence I found on Polanoid.net, Polaroid-Passion.com, Polaroiders.it and The Impossible Project. These are the sites where I can find all the big instant artists and photographers.

Another very awesome site for myself, and there isn’t not just instant photography, is Flickr. I love to explore this site everyday. So many great artists!

What photography gear do you use?

I try to use all different types of instant films.
It would be also a very long list but here you can find a lot of the instant materials. For the integral films like Time Zero or Impossible’s PX70 i use a Polaroid SX-70 folding camera. For the usage of type 600 films like Polaroid 600 or Impossible’s PX680 i use a folding Polaroid SLR680 camera. Packfilms are getting very rare and i try to get as much as possible to store in the fridge. For these films i bought the “little” beauty. A converted 110a pathfinder Landcamera. It’s an original Polaroid Rollfilm camera but with the conversion it’s possible to use the type 100 pack films like 669, 665 or something like that.

My “big” beauty is the wooden Wista Field camera. With it I shoot the Polaroid sheet films like 59, 54 and stuff like that.

Are there any products you swear by?

I swear on the Fjäll Räven Abisko 55 backpack because I use it for my normal hikes to carry all my photo gear. For longer hikes I swear on the Bergans Rondane 85. It has a place for a bit more than the photography stuff. I also swear on my Manfrotto tripod. It could be a bit lighter but it works really fine. And the most important thing for the pictures I take is a simple plastic box where I can put them into that they don’t get destroyed. Then the light meter and I think that’s it.

What is your dream adventure photography location?

There are a few dream destinations… Iceland, Alaska, Patagonia, Siberia… The whole world!

Information:

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Name Bastian Kalous
Location Freyung, Germany
Featured In Issue Two - August 2013
Gear & Equipment Various film and Polaroid cameras (see above)
Websites Flickr, Facebook, Polanoid, Behance
Chosen By Jeremy Klapprodt