My name is Lachlan Stumer and I’m from a small town in Queensland, Australia. I currently live in Sydney, where I’ve been residing for about 2 years.
My interest in photography started when I was 16 on a snowboarding trip. I basically just went and bought the cheapest Nikon DSLR to document the trip for memories sake. Throughout this trip, it started with just getting photos of myself and my friends, but by the end of it, I really started to love documenting the landscape, along with the little things that happened along the way.
As time went on, my dad gave me a 35mm film camera and I started to get immersed in photography even more. I loved the process of shooting analogue, even when I would end up with a blank roll sometimes. I think for myself, not being able to see the images straight away is really rewarding.
I am more present in the moment and look forward to seeing the shots more and more when I get them back from the film lab. Getting the negatives back and seeing the scans is much more rewarding for me than shooting digital, it’s a much more tangible process.
I started off only shooting landscapes but I’m now focusing a lot more on portrait/editorial work. The landscape still does run as a primary undercurrent for my work. I haven’t shot with a digital camera for a few years and mainly only shoot with medium format film, which I use for my portraits and landscapes.
Here’s my camera gear:
Mamiya 7 II – My favourite camera for landscape/travel photography. This is one of the only medium format cameras I’ve found that isn’t really heavy to carry around, which is great for travelling. I only use the Mamiya 80mm f/2.8 lens for this.
Sekonic L-308S-U – I always use this when I’m shooting film to get an accurate light meter reading. It’s really easy to use.
Kodak Portra 160/400 – Hands down the best film I’ve ever used. Haven’t been able to find any other films that are close to the colours these produce and that have such a great exposure latitude.
Velbon Tripod – I used this almost every day on a New Zealand trip, it was so cold that I didn’t feel confident in shooting much handheld. It got thrown around while hiking all the time, yet still managed to survive.
Lowepro Camera bag – I always take this with me if I’m taking one of my medium format cameras out for a shoot because they are too heavy to carry. It’s got enough compartments to fit 2 cameras and accessories as well.
Mamiya RZ67 Pro II – My go to camera for portraits. The viewfinder is very unique and I find it to be crucial for composing each shot. It really helps me slow down and make sure I’m not missing anything. The Mamiya 110mm f/2.8 lens is the only one I use for this camera.