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Classic photography in a disposable world

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Photography was something I was interested in when I was still at school but somehow just never got round to doing. Many years later I found myself living in France when Sony introduced the DCS-V1. My interest in photography was awoken a new...

From the Sony V1 camera I went on to buy a Canon 20D, then the 5D and then I threw away all the digital toy's and expensive 'L' prime lenses I had collected and started shooting with a
Holga.

From the moment I seen my first set off transparencies on a light table I was hooked and my love of film photography has just kept on growing stronger and stronger...

I built a darkroom in the back garden 3 years ago, I have about 7 years supply off film in a very large freezer, almost 40 cameras from an Olympus Pen EE half frame to a 4x5 Crown Graphic.

The majority of cameras I own and use (nothing is bought for display) are older than I am but my favourites would be the 'folding' cameras off the 1950's and Leica M's from the 1960/70's.

I've been called many things but the most common one is a "Film Nazi" for my dislike of 'digital' photography, but that's not the case, its merely a dislike off bad photography (mutton dressed up as lamb) and there seems to be so much bad digital photography passed of as art.

I don't dislike digital photography as it's an excellent medium to learn photography with but I do dislike the attitude off a lot off the new breed of photographers who machine gun there way through a shoot with the attitude that they can fix it in Photoshop in post process...
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I've kept the number off images in each gallery down to 12 so that the page loads quickly. I hate visiting sites and waiting forever for a slide show to load. Normally I don't bother and never come back...

Hopefully you will come back or at least visit my
Blog frequently.

I will replace the images in the two gallery's after a couple off months so that the content isn't static.

Despite appearances's I'm friendly so feel free to contact me :-)
... but everything changes.

You either change or face extinction.

However, I'm old enough to remember when the CD was launched and the L.P. Was declared dead. Thirty years later you can still buy new L.P. All be it in limited sources and choices. In fact it's probably fair to say that the L.P. Has managed to outlast the CD with everything moving to digital downloads...
However, there is something nice and meditative about using a camera that is all mechanical, no battery, no meter, no auto focus and with just a fixed lens, a camera that was made twenty or more years before I was born and being able to capture images using your skill and knowledge alone.


Addendum,

I've been asked several times why the reference to
Takuma Nakahira? Most people have never heard of him but his work is legendary.

When I look at other people's photographs, whether it be the great's like
HCB, Capa, Evan's etc... or more modern photographers like McCurry, Gilden etc... One thing goes through my mind. Right place, right time and off course with a camera in hand. However when I first encountered Nakahira's work I was shocked and disturbed but at the same time I was drawn more into his work.

When ever I need a inspiration, something to rejuvenate my thirst for photography I just flick through one off his book's and my imagination is on overdrive and I feel alive again!
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The easiest way to find photo books by Takuma Nakahira is to visit
Japan Exposures's Web site.

They specialize in photo books by Japanese photographers and ship worldwide.

I know both the owners and have
written for them in the past.
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