Honest. Advocate: Daniela Pastere

Daniela Pastere

Jurmala, Latvia - 2015 Zenit 11 camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film

Jurmala, Latvia - 2015
Zenit 11 camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film

Daniela Pastere is a twentysomething, born and raised in Riga, currently living in the beautiful city of Hamburg.
Fascinated by all things visual, whether it is photography, sculpture or illustration, she tries to capture life as she sees it.
She often wishes her camera would be light as a feather and a bit smaller, so she could never leave home without it.

Kemeri, Latvia - 2016 Zenit 11 camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film

Kemeri, Latvia - 2016
Zenit 11 camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film

The most common theme in her work is most certainly the relationship between human and nature.

Daniela talks about escaping to the wilderness, the dramatic change from our fast-paced environment with a constant exposure to stress and a never-ending information flow to the state of complete silence and stillness.

Hamburg, Germany. - 2012 Zenit 12xp camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film

Hamburg, Germany. - 2012
Zenit 12xp camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film

I like to portray the feeling of smallness and fragility of people in the face of Mother Nature: Their intimate, honest relationship with it while no one is around as they turn inward, look outward and enjoy the silence.
— Daniela Pastere
    Riga, Latvia - 2016 Zenit 11 camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film


Riga, Latvia - 2016
Zenit 11 camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film

My biggest challenge is to capture the atmosphere in every photo, to deliver feelings even to those who do not hold any memories of the happening.
— Daniela Pastere
Riga, Latvia - 2016  Zenit 11 camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film

Riga, Latvia - 2016
Zenit 11 camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film

Film photography with its exquisite warm colors adds the nostalgic feel to the photographs and seems to fit my aim perfectly.
— Daniela Pastere
Riga, Latvia - 2016 Zenit 11 camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film

Riga, Latvia - 2016
Zenit 11 camera, Kodak Ultramax 35mm film

In 2014 her work was featured in the RIGA SELF/PORTRAITS exhibition as part of the Riga 2014 European Capital of Culture programme.

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Honest. Advocate: James Haitchwai

James Haitchwai


James Haitchwai is a photographer, mixed-media artist, musician and writer. "Jack of all trades, master of none," as he likes to put it.

A product of Washington DC's punk scene, he approaches his photography with a do-it-yourself ethos. It is his firm belief that trial and error and a willingness to learn from one's mistakes are the best ways to develop as an artist.


James uses manual film cameras exclusively. His favorites are a Pentax K1000 and a Nikon FM3A with a broken light meter.
Kodak Portra and Tmax and drugstore color Fujifilm are his go-to films.
James prefers the simplicity and immediacy of this format over digital. He finds that without the option of digitally tweaking pictures later on, he experiences a more direct connection with his subjects.


These pictures were taken while aimlessly wandering around DC and Baltimore, MD 2013-2015. They are good examples of his spontaneous, instinctual approach to photography. 

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Honest. Advocate: Luisa Hübner

Luisa Hübner


Luisa Hübner was born 1988 in Germany.

She studied at the Friedl Kubelka school for artistic photography in Vienna / Austria.
Luisa alsp participated in several workshops led
by international artists like Rinko Kawauchi, Antoine d‘Agata, Jessica Backhaus, among others.

She currently lives and works in Vienna / Austria. 

I use my camera as a tool to explore my subconscious mind. Introspective, capturing visual associations.
Picturing contrasts of absence and presence, of hiding and revealing.

What I am showing is part of an alienated reality. The atmosphere conveyed is not concrete and thus providing space for own projections. Non-obvious, introverted and vulnerable.

I use the medium Polaroid as it adds something abstract and unpredictable to my photographs. Image errors as well as the fragility of the medium are integral parts of my work.
— Luisa Hübner

Her work was displayed in a variety of exhibistion: Viva Polaroid [Fotoquartier Vienna / Vienna]; Sind im Vesch [Vesch / Austria]; Text:Bild / Bild:Text II [Fotogalerie Vienna / Austria]; Pas de deux [Kunst Haus Vienna / Austria]; Les ateliers [Les ateliers / France]

Luisa is also working on some book projects.


21 Hours in Bilbao


Our Unicorn T. did it again, and took a disposable camera on one of her trips. 
This time the city of choice was Bilbao in the North of Spain.

Read more about how this challenge started and her story about her first try on the 21 Hours in Lisbon post.

After the first 21 Hours and 21 Picture challenge I did in Lisbon, I wanted to try it again.
This time in another favourite city of mine; Bilbao.

Another disposable camera was bought rather quickly, before jumping on a bus from San Sebastián to the center of the Basque Country.
— T.
Since my 21 hours in Lisbon I learnt that I have to work on my timing.
We at Honest. agreed on one picture per hour. This time I wouldn’t leave out the views and the artsy parts of the city.

I spent a couple of hours in the Guggenheim Museum that day, as you can see in the gallery. 
A place which calms me down and excites me at the same time. 

One more thing that always takes my breath away in Bilbao is the architecture, which I tried to capture as much as possible with the strict time line I had.
— T.

Top 3 things to do in Bilbao:

1. Guggenheim Museum
2. Strolling through the park. 
3. Eating in the old part of town.

T. is already thinking about where she will go next. If you want to take up this fun challenge as well, please don't hesitate to contact us.  

Talking Analog with Li Hui

If you are into analog photography you have probably already seen Li Hui's work. We met up with the self-taught talent to find out more about her early days as a photographer and what inspires her work!

@  Li Hui

Since when do you remember yourself taking photos? What were your first impulses?

I grew up in Hangzhou, China. My father gave me a film camera when I was 10, but I didn’t take it seriously. I was really into video games and Japanese comics. Finally I picked up my film camera again in 2009 when I visited a friend in Germany and we started traveling together.

What excites you the most about being a photographer?

Taking pictures was more of a hobby to me. I never thought I could become a photographer. I think photography helps me to be more open to my surroundings, allowing me to explore the world in my own way.

Why do you prefer analog photography?

Experimenting with the natural reflection of light, the natural colors and the final surprise when you see the result!

Tell us about why you never photograph the faces of your models!

I used to be a very sensitive and shy person, which is one of the reasons I don’t take pictures of the faces. But it’s interesting that I found my models' body language often telling their true feelings.

What do you want to say through your photographs?

Part of my work shows a world that stems from my own imagination. I compose the entire picture in my mind before I take it. I think my whole work is much more like a very long and silent movie. That’s what I thought of my work. People always say that good pictures tell stories. I rather prefer this approach.

Which camera do you use to take pictures?

Nikon FM2 is my main camera. It’s also my favorite camera.

How do you imagine your future?

Things are always changing. I’m not good at planning ahead. I just follow my heart. I’ve started a book project. My first one has sold out already. I’ve been busy with preparing the next one.


©  Li Hui

See more of Li Hui's work on her website and Instagram!



A Day with Blogger Ilgin Özgan


On a rather cold and foggy morning we met up close to Vienna's green heart, the Prater, where we organized an outdoor shoot with the amazing Ilgin Özgan

Of course the team included the usual suspects: our most loyal and handsome photographer Igor a.k.a. Jakob Maul (seriously, check out his work!), founder of HONEST. and all-round (acrobatic) talent Luca (follow her into the rabbit hole here) and substitute make-up artist and professional onlooker Stefanie (who prefers to show photos offline and drunk). 

After our model changed into her urban warrior outfit (skirt by JCHOERL, armory by Alex Moser), the weather god graced us with some sun and it finally turned into a beautiful day. The Wurstelprater with most of its attractions already closed for the winter break was the perfect backdrop for the shoot. The deserted rollercoasters and colorful buildings made up a weird and sometimes even creepy scenery, which really played into the atmosphere that we wanted to create!

But before we get into further detail, have a look at the result yourself:

© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

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© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

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© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

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© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

© Luca-Mercedes Stemer


Thanks again to Ilgin for this amazing day! Find her video about the shoot here and don't forget to subscribe to her channel!

You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook for some Behind The Scene-Footage!


The Rediscovering - A Time Travel.

Prague, Czech Republic - 2009

Since 2009 I’ve finished college, worked in two different jobs, moved four times, traveled to far away lands and not so far away cities. 

Beginning of 2015 I decided to move to Spain for a couple of months to learn Spanish, explore the differences and enjoy life on the sunny side. 

I didn’t want to give up my apartment in Vienna, so I decided to sublet my room while I was gone. If you have ever sublet your apartment or your room, you know how all your stuff is suddenly everywhere. Someone else moving in with even more things seems sheer impossible. It was time for a good clean out. While sorting through old boxes filled with what mainly looked like cheat sheets and not-sent love letters, I came across my old Lomo Fisheye Camera

I got the camera for my 21st birthday and have only used it a few times before it got lost in one of the shoe boxes I only open when I feel extremely nostalgic (read: once every blue moon).

To my surprise it still had a film in it. Another 2 weeks passed with the film sitting on my desk before Luca decided to take it to our local film lab. 
I didn’t think anything was on it and even if there was, I had no idea what it could be. 

A week later I got a bunch of developed films back from Luca. 
When I sorted through them I thought she might had mixed them up. It wasn’t until seeing a picture of my friend showing the cake she got for her 22nd birthday.

The year was 2009 and apparently I was in Prague that year. 
The memories came back. I did go to Prague in August 2009 for a concert. 

I only spend a night there and if I didn’t have photographic proof, I wouldn’t have remembered that I actually had a couple of hours to myself to explore the city. 


So thank you to my camera and my oblivious brain for the trip down Memory Lane.
This is something that could have never happened with digital photography. 


Yours truly, T.

21 Hours in Lisbon

One city, one disposable camera, 21 hours and 21 pictures.

‘Make sure to take some pictures’ - Everyone who has been on vacation, has probably been told to capture their experiences. Experiences that one should share with family and friends upon return. 
Sure, camera phones have made sharing simply easy. Especially when going on a one or two-day trip, where bringing your whole camera equipment would be considered exaggerated. 

So what is the camera phone - equivalence to a film camera? 
We at HONEST. call point-and-shoot cameras into action. 

Our Social Media Unicorn and Globetrotter T. is a big fan of weekend trips, as well as disposable cameras. 
In June she jumped on a plane to Lisbon to meet up with some friends, so we equipped her with a 9,90€ point-and-shoot. 

To make it a bit more interesting we made a challenge out of it.
A challenge with one simple rule: One picture per hour. 

No matter where T. would go, she would have to take one picture every hour, for 21 hours. 

A couple of hours in another city? Sign me up!
It’s been almost a year since my last trip to Lisbon. Portugal is by far one of my favourite countries to visit, no matter if it’s for surfing, road-tripping or visiting friends in the capital.
Therefore I had absolutely no objection to take the little plastic camera with me for the weekend. I was really excited since I didn’t bring any of my other cameras.

I had all these great shots in my head, places that I’ve been to, places I thought would be great to capture for the project.
The 21-Hour-Challenge sounded very easy. I mean, how hard can it be to take one picture every hour?

I arrived Friday night and decided to start shooting Saturday morning (noon-ish) and keep going until Sunday morning before heading back to the airport.

In the beginning I always had to check my bag to see if I brought the camera with me, since it was so light.

We went to the Flea market and I started to check the time more frequently. I think, it was after the first 4 hours that I realised that I couldn’t take pictures of all the things that I actually wanted.

At one point I really did want to break the rule. Lisbon has amazing Miradouros (viewpoints) which I did want to get on film. Unfortunately I just had taken a photo.

By the time I reached the airport the next day, I was pretty much used to take out the camera and just shoot what was in front of me.
— T.
I will definitely do this again. It’s such a fun experiment and it’s definitely a different kind of holiday snaps.
— T.

Top 3 things to do while in Lisbon

  1. Miradouro de Santa Catarina - Bairro Alto
  2. Alfama Flea Market - Feira de Ladra
  3. Take a Tram.


Confession: I gave my best, but I did cheat once when I failed to hear the timer. And once when I was sleeping for a bit. Mum’s the word!

HONEST. Advocate: Urizen Freaza

Urizen Freaza - Dobles

Emulsion lift of color polaroid on monochrome polaroid
'Doble Luisa' - 2015

Urizen Freaza is a self-taught filmmaker and photographer, born in Tenerife, Spain in 1982.
Since 2010 he is based in Berlin, Germany.

In the past years Urizen took part in a variety of group exhibitions in the UK, as well as the United States. 2010 his work was featured in the ARTE documentary "Polaroid - magische Momente".
Urizen is no stranger to the Impossible Project and has won their "Face the Impossible" contest in October 2014. 

Some of his work can also be found in Filmshooters Collectiv's  "Fading From Memory".

Emulsion lift of color polaroid on monochrome polaroid
'Doble Evelyn' - 2015

To say an image consists of many layers sounds very obvious, but i do believe instant photography has one extra layer, which is the physical one.
Even more than film in general, polaroids are objects that you can hold.
When you see a polaroid you know the photographer, and most likely everyone appearing on it, touched it.
They passed it around and looked at it and reacted to it. It’s a fetish in the animistic sense of the word.
— Urizen

Emulsion lift of color polaroid on monochrome polaroid
'Doble Pablo' - 2015

For the ‘hidden’ picture in the background only UV light was used.
This light found in the part of the spectrum invisible to the eye, was meant as a tool to look behind, to see what was hidden.
A portrait is by definition superficial, a two-dimensional representation of a person.
In order to show the person, one layer doesn’t suffice.
— Urizen

HONEST. Words: Christian Fuchs

We are so psyched to introduce to you a new series on our blog: HONEST. Words. We want to invite people to share their thoughts and stories on photography with us, no matter if it's about technique, inspiration or simply reflexions on the art itself.

Our first guest is Christian Fuchs, known as one half of the former band Bunny Lake and through his work at Viennese radio station FM4. You can read more of his work here.


© Stefanie Neunteufl

© Stefanie Neunteufl


Innehalten vor der Welt: Notizen zum Boom der analogen Fotografie

Ist es pure Romantisierung, wenn jetzt wieder vorwiegend jüngere Fotografen Kleinbildfilme in Spiegelreflexkameras aus dem Second-Hand-Laden einlegen? Übernimmt in einer Gegenwart,  in der der Schock des Neuen fehlt, die Nostalgie nach einer verklärten Vergangenheit die Macht, was sich auch im Boom von Vinylplatten niederschlägt oder gar in Nachwuchsautoren, die wieder in Kofferschreibmaschinen hämmern?

Blättert man ein Magazin wie „Honest“ durch, findet man glücklicherweise andere Gründe abseits des Retro-Biedermeiers. Da lassen sich Fotografen vom Charme der Unvollkommenheit verführen, der in der Ära der Photoshop-Allherrschaft nachvollziehbar anziehend wirkt. Neben all der Körnigkeit, den Kratzern und Unschärfen, die mit der veralteten Technologie einher gehen, üben im Meer der digitalen Möglichkeiten natürlich auch die Limitierungen, die zum analogen Material gehören, einen Reiz aus. Eine freiwillige Beschränkung der Mittel und Möglichkeiten scheint überhaupt zum wichtigsten künstlerischen Gestus zu mutieren, auch in der Musik oder im Film.

Mit Bildern gegen den Bildervirus

Auf der Suche nach der wirklichen Sogkraft der analogen Fotografie kommt man aber an Jean Baudrillard nicht vorbei. Der 2007 verstorbene Philosoph und (Quer-)Denker hätte einerseits wohl den Authentizitäts-Gestus attackiert, mit dem manche Neo-Analog-Fotografen gerne kokettieren. Beschrieb er doch bereits in den frühen 80er Jahren eine Welt, in der Bilderfluten und Simulationen von Reality längst die Wirklichkeit abgelöst hatten, ein postmodernes Zombie-Reich, in dem speziell Kunst und Kultur eine untote Existenz führen, gefangen in diversen Zeitschleifen.

Gleichzeitig versuchte sich Baudrillard, trotz seiner militant kunstkritischen Essays, in späten Lebensjahren selber als Künstler. Ausgerechnet der Mann, der so viele Texte über die virusartige Verbreitung von Bildern verfasst hatte, ging nicht ohne Kleinbildkamera auf Reisen. Mit seinen unaufgeregten und sehr spontan anmutenden Fotos schaffte es Jean Baudrillard sogar in renommierte Ausstellungsräumlichkeiten. „Die Lust am Fotografieren ist eine objektive Lust. Derjenige, der diese objektive Leidenschaft für das Bild am Morgen in einer Stadt, in einer Wüste, nie verspürt hat, wird auch von der paraphysischen Feinheit der Welt nichts verstehen“ schrieb er dazu etwa 1998 in einem Katalog der Neuen Galerie in Graz.

Den Alltag und die Zeit anhalten

Dieser Widerspruch zwischen einer permanenten Klage über die Diktatur des Visuellen und einer ganz schlichten eigenen Lust an der Fotografie ist nur auf den ersten, oberflächlichen Blick unauflösbar. In seinen Texten zu seinen Fotoarbeiten beschwört Baudrillard einen fast meditativen Charakter des Mediums Fotografie.

Das Foto schweigt. Eine der wertvollsten Eigenschaften, im Unterschied zum Film und zum Fernsehen, dem man das Schweigen immer aufzwingen muß, ohne daß es einem wirklich gelingt. Das Foto schweigt, es braucht (oder bräuchte) keinen Kommentar. Aber auch das Objekt schweigt; das Bild entreißt das Objekt dem platzraubenden und lärmenden Kontext der realen Welt. Unabhängig vom Lärm, von der Gewalt, die es umgeben, gibt das Foto dem Objekt die Immobilität und das Schweigen zurück. Das Foto ist in der Lage, mitten im Gewirr der Stadt Leere und eine phänomenale Isolierung wiederherzustellen. Es ist die einzige Möglichkeit, die Städte, die Welt in aller Stille zu durchqueren.“ Wenn dann der Meisterdenker Jean Baudrillard auch noch notiert, dass im Foto „eine Form von Verblüffung“ steckt, „eine Form von Aussetzung, von phänomenaler Unbeweglichkeit, welche die Schnelligkeit des Ablaufs der Ereignisse unterbricht“, dann schält sich eine andere, eine sanft widerspenstige Haltung heraus. „Das Innehalten beim Bild ist ein Innehalten vor der Welt.“

In der Slowmotion-Welt der Dunkelkammern

Man muss kein verstaubter Kulturpessimist sein, wenn man die digitale Fotografie, insbesondere die Amateurvariante mit ihren Milliarden in der Cloud versammelten Handy-Schnappschüssen, als Gegenstück zu diesem Innehalten sieht: Nämlich stattdessen als Komplizen in einem unentwegten Beschleunigungsprozess. Der Bildersturm der Smartphone-Kameras ist untrennbar mit der Nonstop-Raserei des neoliberalen Hier und Jetzt verbunden.

Möglicherweise, zumindest wäre es ein schönes Motiv, ist ein Teil der jungen Fotografen, die sich begeistert in die Slowmotion-Welt der Dunkelkammern begeben, die aber auch das lange Warten auf entwickelte Filme zelebrieren, im Gegenzug auf den Pfaden Jean Baudrillards unterwegs. Vielleicht geht es bei manchen der Fotos, die in „Honest“ auftauchen, bei diesen Bildern von ländlichen, urbanen und menschlichen Landschaften aus verschiedensten Kontinenten, auch darum: Sich vom Lärm und dem Getriebe der Maschinerie etwas zu lösen. Bild für Bild. Fotos wieder schweigen zu lassen, inmitten des omnipräsenten Gebrülls.


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HONEST. Advocate: Victor Chen

Victor Chen

Victor Chen, originally from Taiwan, has developed a passion to capture various moments, feelings and enthusiasm of people through his experience from traveling around the world.

He is taking advantage of his adept and wide perspective skills to project his creativity through his New York based photographs focusing on fashion, portraiture, and other documentaries. His adventurous yet attentive personality has granted him the privilege to notice details in nature and beauty that people often overlook around them. 

Victor believes that through his unique and stylized work, he is able to deliver and share the remarkable and momentous moments of his life to his viewers while inspire them to recognize positive virtues and changes people can make through the lens of his camera.

Currently attending Parsons the New School of Design majoring in Design and Technology, he is constantly obtaining knowledge to enrich both his personal and professional career in photography and film.

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HONEST. Advocate: Soi Park

SOI PARK - Where Are We Going?

2010 - Las Vegas, Nevada
4x5 large-format film camera

A native of Korea, Soi Park received a BA in Visual Information Design at Ewha Women's University in Seoul, Korea before earning her BFA at SUNY / Purchase College in New York.

She holds a MFA from the Yale School of Art where she was also awarded the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship.

2009 - Mashantucket, Connecticut
4x5 large-format film camera

I often find myself in transient places, waiting for people to share those moments of awe and wonder, or silence.
My persistence act of taking pictures might remains a fundamental question of human being and surrounding.

However, I believe that photographs itself surpasses of my intention.
— Soi Park

2010 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
4x5 large-format film camera

Soi Park has been featured in Art Chicago NEXT 2011, New Insight by the Renaissance Society, and Spectra 2010 by Silvermine Art Center.

Since 2011, she has exhibited widely - Including a solo exhibition at the CUE foundation in 2013. This year she has been awarded an Engaging Artist Residency from the Mort Art, New York, NY.  


HONEST Advocate: Fritz Lichtenwagner

Fritz Lichtenwagner

Fritz Lichtenwagner is a photographer born in Vienna, 1994.
He prefers mechanical cameras without any batteries. To Fritz the process of developing film is more honest and authentic.
Using his Leica M2 (with Tri-x 400) or his little mju, he went from Austria to Romania, Croatia, Slovakia and Switzerland, bringing back this wonderful captivating photographies.

The human, lost in his environment and in the perception of others, fuses with his surroundings.
Lost in billion of humans, I like to capture the essence of his own.
Cut off from others, the illusion of isolation.
Just them, the humans on their own given priority.
— Fritz Lichtwagner
I like giving focus to the people - with a clean and composed background.
— Fritz Lichtenwagner

His next project is a book called "Kabelwerke".


HONEST Advocate: Johams Leguisamo

Johams Leguisamo

On the top. November 2013 - Panama 

Johams Leguisamo is from Panama City, where he works as graphic designer - but on weekends it's a different story: He tries to go out of the city to new places as often possible, where he gets inspiration for new projects. Johams started shooting film in 2009 with a toy camera and since then he has not stopped, it's second his nature now! When he goes skating with friends or travels around the country, his camera is  always with him - as well as some film rolls.

Cameras & Films Johams uses: Seagull 4a-103 and Fuji GW690ii || Kodak Portra 400 and Ilford HP5+

Los cajones. February 2015 - Panama 

Los cajones. February 2015 - Panama 

It is the best feeling in the world!
Shooting and not knowing what will be the outcome of it, cause it does not matter how much effort you put into getting the best out of your frames.
Film will always make it look even better!
It’s always Christmas when I get my negatives back.
— Johams Leguisamo on why he chooses analogue photography.

La Fortuna. February 2015 - Costa Rica 

Johams's work was shown in London, Rome and Panama as well as published in books and magazines in Australia, Mexico and Guatemala. Future projects will include a set of nude people in landscape with his 6x9 camera. We are excited to see more of his work!

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HONEST. goes Treubleiben Wien

You can now enjoy your lunch or afterwork drink at the new bistro in the 7th district in Vienna: Treubleiben Wien has a fine selection of comfort food, great coffee and also a few things to look at:

© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

It's the "Beijing" series of our very own Xenia Bluhm, who's work you might already know from Issue Ø! Drop by for a mélange, take a closer look and chill for a couple of hours in this relaxed place..

Also you will probably run into us. 

Bisous bisous,


© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

© Luca-Mercedes Stemer

HONEST. Advocate: Oleg Koval


Oleg Koval, was born in 1989 in Dier, Hungary, while he spent most of his childhood in Truskavets, Ukraine and is now living and working in Lviv, Ukraine. He started photographing in 2011, his main focus being documentary projects about the city he lives in and the ordinary life surrounding him. 

Oleg uses different cameras: Contax G2, Mamiya 645, Yashica T*, and a variety of color films: Provia/Velvia/Ektar.

Film photography is a great process of transferring the world on a physical, analog medium - not fixing it in a digital way.
— Oleg Koval

Oleg spent a lot of time in Poland and has published a photo book called '4,2km' in 2013.
In 2015 he published another photo book called 'Sicily'.

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HONEST. Advocate: Jakob Maul

Jakob Maul

Budapest, Hungary 2013
Nikon F501, 50mm f/1.8 Tri-X 400

Jakob Maul is a 26 year old photographer from Vienna, Austria. He is no stranger to our HONEST. Tribe as he has filmed our videos and took our team photos! Here we want to show you the analogue side of his work. 
Jakob is mostly a portrait photographer, his favourite cameras are the Mamiya RZ 67 (with a 110mm f/2.8 lens) and the Yashica Electro 35 GSN.

Vienna, Austria 2013
Nikon F501, 50mm f/1.8 Tri-X 400

People feel less intimidated when being photographed with an old camera.
I don’t know if they take you less seriously or if it’s just a moment of adoration for the beautiful camera, but I feel like people open up way quicker and more easily when they’re being photographed with an analogue camera.
— Jakob Maul

Bratislava, Slovakia 2013
Nikon F501, 50mm f/1.8 Kodak Tri-X 400

Jakob grew up almost exclusively with digital and just began to explore analogue photography a couple of years ago. Analogue photography (despite being the older technique) is a new field for Jakob. A field he considers his playground, where he can experiment and explore more, because for him, a film camera is easier to handle.

Right now Jakob is working on a (digital) project about Burma. He was there for a month and really wants to go back to continue his project, probably taking his Yashica with him! 

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HONEST. goes Heuer am Karlsplatz

Guess what peeps! You can now see the amazing works of Nika De Carlo at Heuer am Karlsplatz the whole summer through!


After successfully launching our Issue Ø at Heuer am Karlsplatz, including a beautiful garden exhibition, we are happy that some of the prints have found a temporary home in this stylish spot! Drop by for a drink and get inspired by these extraordinary photos!



HONEST. Advocate: Vai Yu Law


Iceland - September 2014
Camera: Nikon FM2 ||  Film: Vista 200 / Vista 40 

Vai Yu Law is a fashion, portrait and travel photographer based in Toronto, Canada. She has been shooting professionally for 4 years.

Vai loves the colours, the mood, the grain and the rawness that analogue photography gives to photographs. During her trip to Europe, she wanted to remember the moment she took a photograph so she chose her Nikon FM2. 
Because it takes a few extra more seconds to capture a moment in film Vai feels that analogues are more memorable and that a story is attached to each picture. 

Iceland - September 2014
Camera: Nikon FM2 ||  Film: Vista 200 / Vista 40 

Iceland. I had grown interest in Iceland mainly through the influence of a band I adore, Sigur Ros.
I had dream of visiting there but never did, until last year in September.

In 2014, it was a pretty un-inspiring year for me as a photographer. Many things around me seemed tedious, and I felt my life was monotonous. The harder I sought out for inspiration, the further away I was from producing work that would make me happy.
I felt lost and I essentially wanted to leave Toronto, to go somewhere, anywhere. I booked my flight two months before flying, not realizing what I was doing to be honest. Was this the right time? I was going to be away for a month.
— Vai Yu Law

Iceland - September 2014
Camera: Nikon FM2 ||  Film: Vista 200 / Vista 40 

I was extremely busy up until the day of my flight. I still wasn’t sure what I was doing. I was unprepared and all I booked was a hostel in Reykavik, Iceland.
I planned most of my trip while I was on the plane. I was planning on travelling England, Spain, France and Denmark (but I made changes and went to Austria instead of Denmark), as well.

My trip changed me.
I found myself, again.
Once I had stepped foot on Iceland soil, my heart was filled with excitement. I felt I had made the right decision. Iceland is such a beautiful country and I know many people would agree. I wandered around a lot, finding beauty walking on silent streets in an unknown territory. The feeling of bliss trickled through my entire body. I felt revived, refreshed and ready to explore the world, and importantly, learn about myself again.
There’s never a right time to stop learning about oneself.
Always be true to yourself, go with your gut feeling and time wouldn’t be a factor when you’re living fully in the moment.
— Vai Yu Law

Iceland - September 2014
Camera: Nikon FM2 ||  Film: Vista 200 / Vista 40 

Via Yu Law's but next analogue project will be shooting a lingerie and portrait editorial story.

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