Sometimes it’s better to look like a tourist than a photographer, and Fabien Voileau has figured out which camera will act as the perfect guise.
Words and Photography by Fabien Voileau
Much like photojournalism, street photography requires great effort to blend into the background, to tread lightly enough not to disturb any element of a scene. Here, French photographer Fabien Voileau shares which camera he uses for street work to go unnoticed by pedestrians, as well as the other pieces of gear he packs to nail the perfect shot.
The Packing List
5D Mark IV
Gobe’s The Duet 67mm
Gobe’s The Collection 67mm
Gobe’s The Duet 77mm
Pelican’s memory card underwater case
Kodak 35mm roll films
“Being able to walk around and work unnoticed has a lot of benefits.”
This is the camera I use for most things work related, from the street to the ocean.
My main camera for both personal and everyday use. Whether it’s on the road or at home with my family.
This one I use mostly for low light environments and I use it with the flash too. Mostly for street work. Its shape and amateur looks are perfect for my needs, meaning most of the time you are not taken too seriously (except by connoisseurs). Being able to walk around and work unnoticed has a lot of benefits.
This camera allows me to do things my other cameras won’t. I can get really close to the subject or what I want to highlight, like close headshots on the streets and such.
“The Gobe CPL 2 Peak never leaves my 35mm.”
It’s impossible not to have it. It provides a large frame without altering the subject geometry. Useful in so many situations.
35mm is my thing. It took me years to polish my style and work on my approach. 80% of the time, this is what I use.
Very useful for close ups on subjects and long-distance shots.
The Gobe CPL 2 Peak never leaves my 35mm.
Always very cool to have with me, it brings added creativity. The purple filter (FLD) is definitely my favourite.
“I always have at least two dozen rolls of Portra 400 with me, plus a few extra of TX or TMAX.”
I rotate between different filters depending on my needs. From basic light projection with the GOBE UV to the ND1000 for a different approach.
Safety first! Waterproof, tough and very user friendly.
I always have at least two-dozen rolls of Portra 400 with me, plus a few extra of TX or Tmax.
I’m often on the road and sometimes in places where finding a power source can be a challenge. Or in cold places where batteries die quickly and running out of batteries isn’t an option.
Thanks for taking a peek into Fabien’s camera bag. You can enjoy the rest of the stories in this series here.