My father’s old Exakta from the early 1960’s. It is a ‘waist-level’ 35mm through the lens camera without a light meter (meaning you have to use an old Weston light meter to accurate calculate exposures).
Can you remember when you first used a digital camera?
We got our first digital camera in the mid-1990s, it was a FujiFilm DS-7 and had a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels! My father would let me use the camera when we were on holiday!
Do you prefer taking photos on your mobile phone or a digital camera?
Definitely digital camera — I’ve just always been used to taking picture with a camera and struggle taking many pictures on my phone. I think it’s because to pick-up a camera is to be intent on taking a photography, the action gives it purpose!
Have you ever built a pinhole camera?
I built my first pinhole camera whilst studying photography in Huntingdon Regional College. We had to make pinhole cameras using old biscuit tins, which were not very good and leaked a lot of light! This however inspired me and I have build many pinhole camera’s since, using both film and photographic paper. I have not however ever made a digital pinhole camera!
Have you ever constructed a ‘camera obscura’ type device to observe a solar eclipse?
I remember various contraptions being built to watch solar eclipses in the early-1990s. In 2015 I built my own camera obscura to watch the partial solar eclipse in Germany.
What is the oldest photograph you have in your family album?
Early photographs of my grandparents, pre-World War Two! For this class project I have chosen to share this post-war photo of my grandfather teaching in a school, I’m guessing it must be late-1940s or very early 1950s. The blackboard is depicting the ‘ideal village’! Many of the old photos we only have prints, which need scanning and restoring.
Do you still use 35 mm film?
Yes — still use and love chemical photography! I still photograph using a process my own black and white 35 mm and 120 medium format film.
Do you prefer colour or black and white photographs?
Black and white … there has always been something special about black and white. It’s about the light, texture, contrast and film grain!
What do you use filters on social media platforms like Instagram?
This is something I’ve really struggled with … although I have a presence on social media platforms like IG … I have not really got into using filters!