Last month, travel and architectural photographer Agnese Sanvito took a Leica X Vario along with her on her travels to Stockholm. Agnese works with clients including Time Out, London Festival of Architecture, The British Council, and has several awards under her belt. We caught up with Agnese to hear her thoughts on the X Vario and see some of her images taken with the camera.
Q: As a travel photographer, what photography equipment do you normally carry with you on assignments, and how did the X Vario fit into your kit?
A: Although I try not to bring too much, I usually carry with me a digital SLR, two lenses and a tripod. On my short visit to Stockholm it was essential to travel light as I was walking around the city all the time. As part of the ease of travelling light I enjoyed the discretion of the Leica X Vario.
Q: You are known for your images of cities at night. How did the X Vario perform in low light?
A: It focuses so well in the dark, which is usually something that really annoys me in other cameras. And there is not much noise even at high ISO. The only down side is that it doesn’t have the bulb mode.
Q: What do you look for when photographing a new place?
A: I try to look for more quirky elements to capture the essence of the place, the real things. I also photograph the more identifiable places and try to bring my own composition.
Q: What have been your favorite places to photograph so far?
A: Markets, as they reflect the locality of the people. The characteristics of a place can be found in the chaos and clutter of the stalls. The Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen in Paris has always been one of my favourite.
Q: What do you have planned for 2014?
A: Developing a series of works around how we navigate and identify with our space. I live in London and am interested in the peculiar habits of the parks, the weather, the correctness of the queue. Amongst working on projects at home, I also plan to spend time abroad in places completely unfamiliar and challenging.
Thank you for your time, Agnese!
– Leica Internet Team
See more of Agnese’s work on her website.