5 Questions for Barbara Fischer

- We’re back with the eighteenth installment of our 5 Questions. We’re still in Melbourne, as velco (our previous interview subject) selected Barbara Fischer.

If you’re not familiar with her work, here’s what the Flickrverse has to say:

“Barb is an inspirational photographer, not just for her skill in capturing good photographs which she has by the bucketload, but for her ability of vision. There is so much to be learnt on how to open your eyes from browsing this stream that I am amazed there are so few “oh wow” comments here.”Kevin Day

“Barbara is one of my very first contacts in flickr. Seeing her exceptional work, was love at the first sight. I think, it is the way, she is looking at the world around her, that is fascinating me such a lot – and this way of view is captured in any single picture of her.”LichtEinfall

“Barb always shows us how to use light. Simply, one of the best suburban photographers anywhere. She has a gift for making the unloved shabbiness of backstreets Melbourne somehow alluringly lovely, and has redefined turquoise as a colour for me!”SteveFE

1. Barbara, we know it’s a tough question, but if you had to pick just one camera to shoot with from now until the end of time, what would that be?


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I would have to chose the Olympus Om2N. It’s a battle axe, very reliable and it gives me lovely photos as long as I don’t load it with a nasty film.

2. Another (possibly) tough question… Tell us your favourite photos on Flickr, and why you like them. First, a favourite from your photostream?

stagnant pond with floating debris

This was a smelly, polluted pond in a semi industrial area, an unpleasant place, but as a photo it turned into something quite surreal and beautiful.

And from another Flickr member?

Nick Hinch does fantastic street photography in Melbourne.

3. What’s one tip that you would share with someone who’s just picking up a camera?

My main tip would be to try to please yourself with your photography, not others. Take an interest in your subjects and find out what you feel strongly about. There is enough generic and kitschy stuff around, find your own voice.
Learn about the technical side of photography but ultimately what counts are the photos you take.
Don’t bling your camera up and then wear it like it’s a piece of jewellery, that’s what nerds do.

4. When we interview peeps for employment here at Team Flickr, we always ask: “Kittens, babies, sunsets or flowers? Pick one.”


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The nicest light is at sunset time.

5. Which Flickr member should we ask these 5 questions of next?



I pick nouredine. He gets an amazing feeling of liveliness and drama out of even the stillest subject and works with wonderful precision. His photos have been a big inspiration for me, he is a wonderful artist and great talent.

Heather: Barbara, thank you very much. We’ll return with our interview of nouredine soon. Happy weekend, everyone!

Photos from _barb_, nick hinch, and nouredine.

Previously, 5 Questions for Kevin Meredith, Steph Goralnick, Olivia Wright, Eric Lafforgue, Maciej Dakowicz, Swiatek Wojtkowiak, Bart Pogoda, Brett Walker, Susan Mac, Minas Papadopoulos, karton kutuda shot zımbırtısı, Fate, Nurul, Charlie Lumanlan, Kit, memetic, and velco.