I was recently inspired by the street photography of Vivian Maier from the 1950s. Vivian’s work until relatively recently was completely unknown until some of her possession came up for sale in a US auction house. The items brought contained thousands of negatives of street images from around the US but mainly New York. Vivian worked as a nanny and home help but always carried her trusty Rolleiflex 120, 6X6 camera with her and capture scenes of everyday life around her.
I’ve tried to recreated the look of 120 format using my Fuji X-T1, X-Pro2 & X100T set on 1:1 ratio and the camera film simulation to B&W with green filter. Lenses include 18mm, 23mm and 35mm. On the X-T1 the photos were taken using the flip up screen at the back of the camera held at waist height, rather than the eye piece to recreate the waist level shooting style of a twin lens Rollie. With the X-Pro2 and X100Y I either shoot from there waist or use the Optical Range Finder. It also means that you can use both your eyes to scan the scene and pick out good subjects. The square frame of the 6X6 format also lends itself well to composition, so its important to look at all the elements in the frame and how they come together to tell the story.