Adelaide, Australia's fifth largest city founded in 1836. Some consider it to be Australia's backwater city despite its growing hip coffee joints and multicultural festivals. It's where I live and grew up. It's my home. I love its people, its buildings and culture. This is my world, my neighbourhood; my beat.
I love taking photos of weddings, though I also gather a lot of energy and inspiration using my Leica M3 and M7 analogue camera's to photograph random street scenes and quirky angles and views of buildings and objects.
Digital has many obvious benefits, notably how fast the image can be previewed, but there's nothing like the mechanical feel of a Leica as the film is advanced after capturing a scene. I love having to focus the lens manually and using my 'sneaker zoom' to compose the shot. Everything about the manual handling of the analogue camera, particularly my Leica's, is an absolute pleasure, and one that makes me feel as though I am completely present in the whole of the image creation.
The process becomes more satisfying as I develop my own black and white negatives and scan them using an Epson V800 high res scanner. Nothing beats the look of the images printed on photo rag as it was initially intended!
ok.. so it sounds overly romantic, but there really is something about analogue that seems to have been lost in out digital age. It's the same difference between oil painting and painting in photoshop. Both may evoke the same emotional response from the viewer with final image, but the process of digitally creating the image loses the immersion of other senses, like feel, touch and smell. Oil painting is slow, can be messy, involves a process, just like analogue photography, but it is deeply satisfying in its investment, and also ends in a physical product that can be held. Analogue photography engages me in more of my senses than digital, and as a result allows me to feel as though each image is a greater investment of my creativity. They also look awesome in print!
There is a lot of 'nerd' involved in using an analogue camera, they don't think for the photographer like my 1Dx does, but then again using one's brain never hurt anyone.
Head over to Instagram to view more of my analogue work: @backwater_beat. A new image posted everyday!