I’m a fashion and commercial photographer by day shooting with a Phase One DF body with a P40 + digital back, but my passion is black and white street and landscape photography, this is what feeds me as an artist. I shoot with a mixture of old analogue cameras, from a Leica M4, twin lens Rolleiflex f/2.8, Bronica 6 X 6 to a Fuji GS 645s professional.
When I’m shooting in the streets I travel light usually with just with one camera a Fuji GS 645s professional which is one of my favourites. It’s light and has a fixed 60mm wide angle lens, the perfect focal length for my style of street photography, film of choice is Ilford Delta 400 asa and occasionally the odd roll of Ilford Delta 3200 asa.
When I’m in the mood for landscapes I use a Bronica 6 X 6 with a selection of lenses, usually a standard lens, a wide 50mm and a 150mm lens. A light meter (like these), cable release, selection of black and white filters, a carbon fibre tripod and a selection of Ilford 120 black and white films.
My day job requires me to shoot on digital cameras, but when it comes to feeding my soul analogue does it for me.
For me, film has and always will have a beauty that digital just can’t touch. There is nothing finer than a beautiful darkroom print showing the richness of tone, contrast and sharpness printed from Ilford PanF Plus 50 film; to the grain and strikingly atmospheric print from the incredible film that is Ilford Delta 3200.
I know that it takes more time to produce an image from film than it does digitally, but for me that’s not a negative… (get the pun). When you shoot film it makes you slow down, you want all aspects of your image to be perfect so you really have to think before you press the shutter.
Once I have pressed the shutter I get a pleasing feeling knowing that the image I have just created is unique and beautiful. Once the image has been captured you then begin to think about how you are going to process the film, and how you are going to print the image to get the shot that inspired you to pick up your camera in the first place. The darkroom process is just as exciting as capturing the image, that’s when you see the image come to life.
This is what makes me a better photographer, it broadens my horizons gets my creative juices flowing, feeds my soul and adds to my passion. I am constantly gaining more passion and knowledge when I shoot with film.
Owning a film camera is a very different to a digital camera a film camera is for life not something to upgrade every two years but something to cherish and love for the rest of your life.