Behind the lens
The photographer: 'I’m 57 now and bought my very first camera, a simple Kodak Instamatic way back in 1973, with my first week's wages. I’ve owned a camera of some sort ever since. In the past I have worked as a wedding photographer but now shoot simply for my own pleasure. I carry a camera on a daily basis as I’m always on the lookout for worthwhile shots, often a candid shot of people as they go about their daily lives.'
The gear: I’ve owned many cameras over the years (too many according to my wife) with various lenses. Now though, I tend to travel light and shoot mainly with fixed lens cameras, eg. Fujifilm X100, Ricoh GR and Sigma DP Merrill. All have a quality lense and their small size make them much more discreet for street shooting, allowing me to go unnoticed and capture expressions and events in a natural way. Processing the images is done in Adobe Lightroom and, while I do post some colour shots on my Flickr site, I find myself drawn more to the tones, the emotion and the mood of black and white.
The method: 'I will photograph any subject that captures my eye, but what I enjoy most is ‘street photography’. I attend events, parades or protests, as they all make good photographic subjects, but often I simply wander the streets documenting life as I see it. I usually shoot alone but on some occasions will go with friends and like minded ‘shooters’.
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