What’s this all about then?

I am not a photographer. I do something else for a living that involves words rather than images.

I’ve been taking and developing photographs from before my teenage years. My father bought me a contact printer with a built in amber safelight to print the 620 format negatives from our Kodak box camera, then an enlarger made in Cardiff and a first 35mm SLR made in East Germany (long before reunification). In my late teens and twenties I pasted photos into large scrapbooks, sometimes photographs so bizarre I can’t quite believe that the chemists and labs actually printed them. In those days it was about recording people, places and events in my life.

Then there were the decades of digital and various point and shoots and a Flickr account but eventually something to hold up to the eye and look through was required to get back to the instinct of taking photos with something that makes a clunk when you press the shutter release.

The pictures here are still about people and places that I have a personal involvement with.

For the photographs here I have used:

Nikon D610

Nikon D810

Nikkor 16mm f2.8 fish eye (usually with fisheye hemi photoshop plugin) Its so small.

Nikkor 24mm f2.8

Nikkor 35mm f1.4 (my most used)

Nikkor 35mm f2

Nikkor 50mm f1.4 (I’m attached to this old school D lens and ought to use it more)

Nikkor 24-120mm f4 (doesn’t get out much)

Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 (Second most used)

Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 (its so heavy)