Yves’ observations

If you like observational photography – also known inaccurately as “street photography” – then Yves’ blog is worth following. It certainly makes me want to get out and spend time watching and waiting myself. Here are a few of my own efforts, from my Flickr set.      …

Yves’ observations

In praise of rangefinder cameras

I first tried a rangefinder camera – one with a little glass window in the corner of the camera – back in 2007. I found an Olympus 35 RC at a camera fair for about Fr. 20 and tried it out on a trip to London. I liked the feeling of using it, but it was a 35mm film camera…

In praise of rangefinder cameras

Incomplete without consumerism

I spent a couple of days in London in June, primarily to spend time taking documentary photographs on the streets I used to pound when I lived in England. One of the things which strikes me is how so many things seem to be commercialized by supermarkets: from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to the simple fact that it’s summer.

Incomplete without consumerism

It’s not about the tool you use

Pro photographer Zack Arias is thrown down the challenge of taking street portraits using nothing but a point-and-shoot camera and an optically-triggered second flash gun. Zack’s ebullient approach and the results we see towards the end of the film show that photography isn’t about using really expensive equipment.

It’s not about the tool you use

Interview in Czech photo blog Odcloneno

I was contacted a while back by the editor of Czech photo blog Odcloněno, Michal Fanta: Michal asked to interview me and use some of my photos on the blog. The interview was published this morning; here's the English transcript. Many thanks to Michal for the exposure and, as he's mentioned; please do get in touch if you'd like to…

Interview in Czech photo blog Odcloneno

Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX

My family were very generous at Christmas and for my birthday, by helping me to get some cash together to buy new camera equipment. Jo gave me the lens which has been top of my list for some time now, which I discovered whilst looking for more expensive toys: the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX. This has instantly become my favourite…

Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX

A new tool for an old job

I decided over Christmas that 2011 would be the year that I would finally do something about getting the results I'm looking for in my street photography and candid, social event photography: in short, I would buy a new camera to work in alternation with my D80, which continues to serve me well.

A new tool for an old job

Rain, Rain

Photos of various wetness around the city of Bern, as I head for the train station and home on a Friday night.

Rain, Rain

It’s only a picture

As a photographer who travels a little and who likes to take photographs on the street of scenes and people interacting, I am fascinated by the huge amount of fuss which is being caused by the introduction of “Street View” – a photographic representation within the Google Earth interface – in the U.K.

It’s only a picture