My Gear

I started to photograph at 14 when I got my first camera. I took pictures on my travels. Later I photographed at punk rock shows of the bands that I loved. I learned the craft with a Minolta SRT 101 – the analogue camera of my parents with which I had to set everything manually- from focus to aperture to shutter speed.

Today I work with a Fujifilm xt-3. But I still got one of these old SLRs. I love the way it’s limitations influence my work.

I am still an analogue guy in this digital world.

Minolta Flash Meter IV

Minolta Flash Meter IV
Minolta Flash Meter IV

Why do pros work with a light meter? Because they can adjust the light much faster and much more accurately that way than using the reflective light meter of the camera. The Minolta Flash Meter IV is a simple tool that does the job. It measures ambient light and and works with a flash.

Just one flash

Godox TT685
Godox TT685

A flash is an essential tool for my shootings. I am able to shape the light and create more saturated pictures.

The Godox TT685 and X1T-F wireless trigger for fujifilm is a reliable partner to shoot with off camera flash. It allows me to use ttl. But I set it to manual mode because I love to control the light.

Walimex pro light stand 2,65m and an 83cm translucent white soft umbrella

Walimex pro light stand 2,65m and an 83cm translucent white soft umbrella
light stand and an 83cm translucent white soft umbrella

Is a lightweight solution that I always take with me when I do indoor shootings. I love to use off camera flash and with the umbrella I am able to diffuse the light and create more natural looking pictures.

Asahi Takumar f1.8 55mm

Asahi Takumar f1.8 55mm
Asahi Takumar f1.8 55mm

As I started shooting digital with my Fuji x system my intent was to use some vintage glass too. the Takumar is one of these legendary lenses. The quality of the lens is still amazing. The sharpness is incredible and because it is a 6 element lens design it has great microcontrast too.

Auto Yashinon f2 50mm

Auto Yashinon f2 50mm
Auto Yashinon f2 50mm

Another vintage glass that I love because of its character. The Auto Yashinion lacks a bit of contrast and has this incredible bokeh that gives portraits a classical Hollywood diva touch.

Mamiya C3 professional

Mamiya C3 professional
Mamiya C3 professional

The Mamiya C3 was manufactured in the 1960s and weighs about three kilos and is built to last. It is a full mechanical camera that shoots yay medium format film. My favourite film is the Kodak portra 400. The camera is mounted with an 85mm lens with f2.8 aperture max shutter speed. 1/500 sec. This lens is equivalent to a 50mm lens on a full frame camera. It is a fully manual lens and there is no built-in light meter.

I bought this camera to challenge my workflow. It slows me down due to it technical limitations and I have to rethink composition because of the square format. And it is a real hipster gadget of course.

artist statement

Ingo Hampe was born in L√ľneburg and raised in Hannover, Germany. Now he lives and works  in Berlin and London.

He started photography at the age of fourteen when he got his first camera – a Minox point and shoot film camera. With it he took pictures of his travels and at punk rock shows of the bands he liked.
He taught himself the craft with a Minolta SRT 101 – an analogue SLR where he had to set everything manually from focus to aperture.  As a street photographer he looked for the decisive moment to capture a story within the picture. He trained his eye to look for leading lines, layers and frames.
He transferred his experiences into his with models today when he is aiming for natural looking pictures that have an authentic energy.

Currently he works with a Fujifilm XT-3 because he is familiar with the ergonomy of the camera. His love for the analogue experience never stopped. Lately he got himself a Mamiya C3 Professional. 6×6 medium format film camera. He likes how the limitations of the technology slows down hi working process and makes him look more precisely and create a more intimate picture that leave an emotional impact.

The exhibitions: How You Look At It (Sprengel Museum, Hannover 2000) and Das Versprechen Der Photographie (Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover 1999) introduced to him the work of Gary Winogrand, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander.
These American street photographers inspired him to portray the everyday people, pay attention to subjects that are often overlooked or seemed to be forgotten and document the ordinary life.

In his work with models he aims to create a natural look and candid moments as kind of a staged documentary.

Ingo JHampe Photographer
Ingo Hampe with his Minolta SRT 101

portrait of humanity

portrait of humanity is a celebration of our shared values: Individuality, Community and Unity. It documents a moments of reflection on the life’s journey

We are in an urgent need of a sense of our own existence
breathe in and breathe out
like a butterfly that breaks the cocoon
take a moment of reflection
before I break the emotional barriers of what I am going to leave behind
and find my strength in this moment full of vulnerability
I search inside yourself to find the opportunity for growth in meaning and purpose