Photography

I have a range of film cameras, including toy cameras and polaroids that come out of the cupboard from time to time. My favourite (please don’t tell the others – they might get jealous) is a Hasselblad 500 C/M called Vlad, named for the little spike on his quick focus ring.

I also have a Pentax ME Super and a bunch of lenses generously donated by my dad. He’s called Percy. (That’s the camera, not my dad.)

I do own a digital camera but if I want to go automatic I normally use a Pentax *ist 35mm SLR, which is probably the smallest and lightest SLR ever.

I’ve been developing my own black and white films for the past 5 years, and still experience a frisson of excitement when the film comes out of the tank. I don’t have a full darkroom yet so I have to make do with scanning my negatives to examine the results.

The sense of anticipation is one of the things that I love about film – of not knowing how it’s going to turn out until the film is developed.

I post my photos on flickr, and enjoy the conversations and moments of inspiration that spring up there. My favourite group is probably Utata for the mix of  quirky discussions and interesting projects.

They also have a website.

Anything else? Just ask. Even though I often snap I don’t bite.