My love affair with cameras began in the late 70s with the end of school and joining the big wide world, I think initially I was seduced by the techy nature of the modern SLR all flashing lights and whirring motor drives, I think I fancied myself a later day bailey snapping away at glamorous models, or haunting the streets of Paris with a Leica capturing the decisive moment like Cartier Bresson. Little did I know i'd need another 40 years behind the lens before I could even think of touching the coat tails of those iconic photographers.
Photographers are an odd bunch to say the least, and I fully believe it can take a long-time to really understand what you really want to get out of this wonderful art form.
It certainly took me many years to settle on street photography or should I say settled on me, it was a journey that started with film, passed through the digital age and back to film. I feel very lucky to have been born into an era when film was still the only medium available, digital capture was still a few years away. It meant I had a different perspective on the still image, there was no app to correct my duff techniques or dodgy framing. Having said that it was another 30 years before I really understood it.
Spool forward to the turn of the twentieth century and a few years trapped in the digital revolution and it was time for a rediscovery, although the world had pretty much thrown out the film baby with the bathwater there were a few diehards still keeping the little flickering flame alive. I decided to pour my own little splash of petrol on and reignite the flame. It was at a time when top quality film equipment could be had for peanuts, and a ludicrous frenzy of camera buying and collecting started. I'd fallen in love with the work of the great street photographers Bresson, McMullin, and had found my vocation in the photography world.
With a serious love of travel, I began to gravitate to countries that had potential for street images. Paris, Bruges, Antwerp, Budapest, these were happy hunting grounds for the virgin street shooter.
As time went on I wanted to explore further into the creative process around film and started learning the developing and wet printing process. I joined the local camera club to get access to the disused darkroom, this opened a whole new world of creativity. I quickly acquired a partner in crime and the nucleus of NEG35 was born, with Sarah’s enthusiasm and my love of film and darkroom, we became a happy little brotherhood, pushing each other along to new projects, we eventually took on the darkroom ourselves and started Neg35 – a club for film enthusiasts.
My own projects continued with ever more distant travels, China, Mongolia, India. Some of the images here show those trips along with some earlier work.
Now days I shoot mainly black and white film and digital colour and enjoy the mix of mediums and my love of photography is as strong as ever.