"Finland based UK photographer Adam Eronen Piper shoots beautiful, minimal shots that evoke a sense of calm. We lent him the Jupiter 3+ lens which he used with a roll of colour film and his trusty Leica camera."
Tell us a bit about yourself?
"Based in Finland, I used to teach photography to university students in the UK but I followed my wife back to her homeland earlier this year. I’m a bit of an oddity photographically speaking, I have stuff that I definitely don’t shoot but apart from those I do a lot of different stuff. I like trying to capture the flavour of places and I’m quite in to textures, wood, metals, concrete, stone, those kind of raw materials. I also love the descriptive element of picture making, particularly when curating my work. It’s a nice achievement when a single image can encapsulate an entire story but sometimes it’s nice when images can’t speak for themselves unless they are contextualised within a body of work. They need to be read like a book, each scene is its own chapter, and that’s what I enjoy most about photography; the curiosity and the story."
How did you get on shooting with the lens?
"I’ve shot Jupiter lenses before, some of the originals, but the 3 is the flagship and I can see why you chose it. It deserved to be reborn. My Jupiter 8 is a bit of a mess, covered in oil, oxidisation and is a little shaky. By comparison the review copy of the Jupiter 3+ was a pleasure to hold, silky smooth and incredibly handsome as lenses go. There is so much glass I could stare at it for days. Since the lens comes with an M mount adapter I decided to mount it on to my M6 and shoot some of my regular film. In operation it is very different to my Konica M lenses. The focus throw is much longer and the aperture ring doesn’t have stops. Both add accuracy in my opinion as the focus ring allows you to make smaller adjustments and the aperture ring allows for an infinite amount of diaphragm increments between traditional f-stops.
The lens isn’t without its quirks though. The aperture rings increments are all bunched up at one end and spread out at the other which will take time getting used to. Wide open it’s a little inconsistent as vignetting, soft edges and messy bokeh start to dominate the image but stopped down a few and all that melts away into a very characterful and surprisingly contrasty image maker. With the types of images I was choosing to make I could talk about colour aberration, sharpness and barrel distortion all day but that would be missing the point. All of the above are what give the Jupiter lenses their character and the whole point of bringing them back. All of these are traits of the original so it’s an enjoyably authentic experience and I’m super happy with my results."
What did you choose to shoot?
"It was tempting to shoot something special or unusual with this review but I made a conscious effort just to stick it on my camera like I would any other lens and shoot what I usually do. At the moment I’m currently exploring my new surroundings, building up a collage of the city and the things that make it unique, looking for the flavour of the place. Most of what I chose to shoot involved architectural alignments. The ones where you slowly walk around your subject and suddenly everything clicks into place like a stereotypical TV advert. During my exploration I stumbled across an old train yard. Inside the shed was an dormant steam train hibernating seemingly for quite a while. Perfect task for the massive light gathering capability of the Jupiter 3+ and it definitely got me shots I couldn’t have captured without it. I shot 3 films worth over 3 weeks in all types of light from direct sun to ill lit interiors so I can safely say I put it to the test, all be it unintentionally."
What’s coming up in 2016?
"Finland is my 2016. Everything I’ve done so far has been in an effort to get where I am now and it’s beginning to fall into place. You can expect a lot of new work appearing soon as I settle in. My online portfolio will be regularly evolving as I publish new work and that will be reflected in my Instagram and Flickr accounts. I’m also in the middle of a YouTube revival, putting the character and enjoyment back in to my videos after a long time off. I want to turn it into something that reflects the effort I have put into the rest of my practice as it was always more of a casual interest before."