In the summer of 2005 I was in Singapore, visiting a friend of mine. I remember trying to photograph pacific swallows at the Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve with a Kodak DX6490 which I had brought a few weeks before. While it was a decent enough camera for most things, I quickly outgrew it. A few months later when I was back home in London, I knew I had to upgrade and upgrade I did to a Canon 350D. That was probably the defining moment when my interest in photography really soared.
Over the years, I’ve predominantly shot in digital with periodic bouts of film photography in between. My digital arsenal includes a mix of Canon DSLRs and Olympus micro four thirds gear, the latter of which I seem to prefer for international travel given it’s size and weight. With my full Olympus kit weighing less than my Canon 7D + 100-400mm lens, it’s a no brainer really.
As my interest in all things photographic has evolved, I’ve found myself collecting and reselling various analogue cameras in both 35mm and medium format flavours. I seem to have a soft spot for fixed lens Voigtlanders and manual focus SLRs from the 80s. These days, unless I’m travelling, I tend to favour a more thoughtful and methodical approach to photography which I find shooting film offers.
Although I’ve been shooting for over a decade, I still consider myself to be a bit of a photography hack. I love to shoot all sorts of things but the majority of my shots fall into the genres of nature, cityscapes and travel.
I see this site as a digital scrapbook of my trials and tribulations in photography and the photographic process. Who knows, perhaps someone will find something useful here.