I am a British photographer with primary interests in landscape and wildlife photography, though I do dabble in more urban and architectural images from time to time. I enjoy shooting both digital and analogue mediums and I’ve repaired and restored a variety of cameras, a couple of which are documented here.
My style of photography tends towards minimal editing and a ‘light touch’ approach; making an appealing image is always the goal but I feel that you should always be able to go to the locations I’ve visited, see them with your own eyes, and experience the photograph in reality. To that end, you’ll find most of my photographs restrained in the use of highly-saturated colour and heavy contrast, and only rarely do I modify specific elements within a scene.
The bulk of my landscape work is shot on a Sony A7R-IV and Zeiss Loxia 25, 35 and 50mm manual-focus lenses. I’m an obsessive pixel-peeper and for fine detail this combination really delivers. Some of my older images used the first-generation A7R and a Sony/Zeiss 16-35 f/4 zoom.
For wildlife I pair the A7R-IV with the Sony 200-600 f/5.6-6.3 G lens. I wasn’t expecting this lens to deliver much beyond having a very long reach but it has turned out to have excellent bokeh and a lovely, smooth quality to its rendering! This combination is what has been used for the vast majority of my wildlife images to date.
Working with film is – for me – primarily an exercise in slowing down, in second guessing, and working within the constraints of 36, 24, or 15 exposures. Is this scene worthy of a frame? And, no less relevant these days, am I willing to pay 50p, £1, £2… for it once the costs of the film, the development and printing are all accounted for?
What I need from any analogue system is the ability to use the resulting images for larger prints and to generally have an end product that is high fidelity. For that reason I use medium format film as I find the level of detail on 35mm too low, especially after scanning.
Currently I have a Mamiya 645e (an eBay rescue and repair job) with the Mamiya Sekor 55mm f/2.8 (~35mm full-frame equivalent) and 150mm f/3.5 (~90mm equivalent) lenses.