Unlike some photographers who picked up a camera whilst still in nappies, I was more of a late bloomer. I didn't start shooting intentionally until around 2006 (aged 30ish), with a series of camera phones that led to a "proper" digital compact in 2011, followed by the explosion in summer 2012 that trumpeted my discovery… Continue reading How Would Your Photography Have Looked Born A Generation Older?
A while back I found an interesting experiment in the comments of one of Wouter Brandsma's posts. The idea stuck with me, waiting for the right time to resurface. This came a couple of days ago, after a bizarre knee injury meant I was far less mobile than I like, I found myself alone in… Continue reading One Room, Fifty Photographs
Irreversible photography - making images in camera that then cannot be (or are not) altered in any way afterwards - is hugely appealing to me. With my Pentax Q and the 01 Standard Prime 47mm equivalent f/1.9 lens it came with, this is pretty easy. I've set the camera up (using the Quick Dial on… Continue reading Irreversible Photography Gets Quter – Pentax Q 07 Shield Mount Lens
Regular readers will know that not so long ago, I had well over 50 cameras and predominantly shot film over digital. Times have evolved, and I'm moving ever closer to concepts like invisible cameras, zero processing and irreversible photography. All of these seek to simplify photography down to its essentials. The underlying philosophy can be… Continue reading The Photographic Freedom Of Enough
Something that's arisen in numerous conversations recently is the wide range between how many photographs we each take. A professional photographer might take thousands of photographs per assignment, and hundreds of thousands of images each year. A casual amateur film photographer might shoot a roll of film a month, and less than a dozen rolls,… Continue reading How Many Photographs?
"How you do anything is how you do everything..." wrote Derek Sivers a few years back. Before (re)discovering this quote, I'd been realising recently how my photography has been falling back in line with the rest of my life. Put another way, how I photograph has realigned with how I live - simply. For exercise... I… Continue reading How We Photograph Is How We Live
With my favourite cameras, the moment I release the shutter button I feel... Serenity. Everything is quiet, almost absent, I can't even hear my own breath. I feel calm, detached from the every day and the mundane, but simultaneously more deeply connected, earthed and rooted to the place I'm in. Escape from everything else in the… Continue reading When I Release The Shutter I Feel…
In recent months I've shot almost entirely with my Ricoh siblings, the GRD III and GX100. Collectively these invisible cameras have changed the game for me. The liberation in using such a compact, yet capable, sophisticated, yet refreshingly simple camera has made me start to question whether I need a DSLR at all any more. … Continue reading Qutest Companion – Pentax Q First Thoughts
Out in the woods on a family walk recently, I hadn't taken a camera (intentionally), but came across a scene I had to photograph. So of course I whipped out my trusty iPhone, and using Hipstamatic preset to 3:2 aspect ratio and a b/w setting, took a few shots. The final images were not radically… Continue reading Pocket Sized Punch Up – Ricoh GRD III vs iPhone 5C
Are there are any benefits to having multiple blog posts all written and scheduled ahead of time? This calendar year, I'm experimenting with this notion. Previously I've nearly always written a post then either published immediately, or first thing the following morning. There's been little (actually no) planning to my publishing schedule. Looking back through… Continue reading Writing Blog Posts In Advance – Pros And Cons