Luis Enrique Ascui was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1966, and has worked as a photojournalist in South America, Australia, Europe, and South East Asia over the last 28 years. In 2000, he received the Nikon Award for Photojournalism, and through his work explored the political turmoil and changes in Indonesia. He has undertaken projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Sarajevo. His work reflects an interest in the human struggle to survive under intolerable conditions, and the impact of war and disaster remain strong themes –whether among images of life in Taliban-controlled Kabul or the destructive scope of Asia’s devastating tsunami. A grant from Panos (London) assisted documentation of Mayan culture in Central America in 1994, and images of Guatemala were exhibited in Copenhagen at the United Nations Summit for Social Development.
He is currently based in Melbourne.
Using X-S10 for 4 weeks in 2020
*The film and the images in the article come from the photographer’s reportage during COVID-19 lock down in Melbourne, Australia 2020
The camera is different to other X cameras by Fuji in its layout design. Earlier Fujifilm camera models have had a more traditional film camera design. It took a few days to learn how the design and menu system works and to be confident in using it.
One of the most impressive aspects of the design of this camera is the articulated screen which allowed me to photograph from so many different angles. This really is a standout feature of the camera because of the high resolution, and it’s something that sets it apart from other models. Even while shooting with sun glare, I could still see the frame clearly. The articulated screen and high resolution will be pop
Powerpack charging though a USBC input allows freedom to charge anywhere. The camera provides an external mic input for storytellers who want to record quality audio.
The viewfinder is a significant feature, as it’s clean and sharp. The camera info is not intrusive and didn’t disrupt my ability to focus on the composition of the image. This enables uninterrupted movement while shooting.
The autofocus for this camera was compatible with my other Fuji cameras, somewhat faster than the X-T3 and workflow was not disrupted by focus hunting.
A key advantage of this model is the in-built IBIS. For someone like me, who likes to shoot at low shutter speed, this is an asset and one that I hope all Fujifilm cameras will have in time.
For such a small camera, the body seems very solid and strong and definitely as though it could take a beating on any kind of adventure or travel shoots as well as covering robust and breaking news coverage, such as protests. It’s a perfect size and strength of body for street photography. Additionally, an important feature of the camera size is the grip design which allows proper handling of the camera with the dials at your fingertips. It allows quick changing of settings for photographers and videographers regardless of the size of their hands. Switching between the settings for stills and video, and custom settings, happens seamlessly. This is an important consideration for shooting on the run, for any kind of action images. This camera model has retained the small and discreet design that allows for unintrusive photographic shoots, and it has done so without losing quality of imaging. Street photographers will love it, particularly for its articulated screen.
With this camera I was asked to shoot on ACROS, which fits perfectly with my background as a documentary photographer and my work shooting black and white images. My early days in photography began with the use of black and white film and developing negatives, and this is a medium that I’ve continued to enjoy throughout my career. The film simulation of the FUJIFILM X-S-10 is excellent and has an authentic feel of shooting black and white which is rare among the major brands. For a digital camera to simulate black and white film images directly out of the camera, requiring very little post-production, if any, is a remarkable benefit for working photographers. Other cameras may produce a similar result but require post-production work, while this camera saves time for professionals working against the clock.
Diversity of lens usage is a benefit of this camera and will suit various travel photographers. Given the size, this is likely to be important for photographers who require quality of equipment but who also have weight considerations when carrying camera gear.