Early April 2016, Copenhagen
A week before we came to Belgrade, Flemming and I met the man himself, Mr FujIb Thordal (key Fujifilm account manager in Denmark), who had a big box of goodies for us.
- A production X-Pro 2 with my name on it
- X-Photographers Book 2016, with my picture in it
- Fujifilm 5 Years of X Series: Getting Back To Photography book, also with my picture in it
- Kamera & Bild magazine’s March Fujifilm Special issue, with my pictures, and an entire story about me in it
Being part of the X-Pro 2 launch was a tremendous thing for more than the look-at-me factor. Camera companies don’t market to people like me in general. Mine is not the face you see, or think of, when people say “photographer.”
It was a shock to be advised that I was part of the X-Pro 2 project back in October last year; to be given a seat at the table of fellas (and most of them are fellas) who got to be part of this event, and their work called to represent the brand.
This is (and continues to be) a BIG deal for me. Every time I pick this camera up, it is a reminder that I was included, when I didn’t have to be. My greatest thanks to Karl Löweberg and Ib Thordal of Fujifilm Nordic – I’m more grateful than I can say for your unfailing support. To Kunio Ao of Fujifilm HQ in Tokyo, thank you, sir, it is amazing!
And in all of it, gratitude for Flemming Bo Jensen, who refuses to give up on me and challenges me to be better every day.