1. Age and gender
*** M, 52
2. Do you shoot professionally (digital and/or analog)? What subjects do you shoot in that case?
***Ex-professional practice, landscape and scenic; now analogue and digital. Printing analog-to-digital hybridised;
3. When did you start shooting analogically, and when did you start photographing (if you started out with digital photography)?
4. What equipment (camera) do you use? If you use multiple cameras, you can write down all of them and which one you use the most.
***Canon EOS1N with TS-E 24mm f3.5L (prime), 20mm f2.8, 17-40 f4L, 70-200 f2.8L. This kit in use 1993-ongoing. Produced Ilfochromes from transparency, framed and sold over period 1994 to 2009.
Pentax 67 with SMCP 45mm f4, 55mm f4 & 165mm f4LS; this is the most used now for exhibition quality framed prints far above the size of 35mm;
Zero Image 6x9 multi-format pinhole (2008—) with Sekonic L758D; odd-jobs and just for fun. The meeter is used extensively with 67.
Olympus XA; bushwalking and walk-about camera
Nikon Coolpix P7700; bushwalking and walk-about/street camera; also used for proofing scenes prior to committing to film (assists with simulating profile applied to image in-lab during colourimetrics pre-print processing).
5. Do you develop your film yourself, and what technique do you use in that case?
***No. Pro lab does all E6 processing. From 1991 to 1997 I shared a darkroom lab with a friend in the country.
6. Why do you shoot analogically and what benefits do you think there is with analogue photography? Feel free to respond as fully as possible on this matter. For example, if you shoot analogically because of the appearance of the photos, please describe specifically what it is in the look that you like, etc. If there are many different reasons, please write down all. (This is the most important question)
***Classically trained photographers have analogue photography virtually tattooed on their forehead! It's not something we (I) can stop doing, especially after 3+ decacdes. In this digital age, analogue media still holds sway by a considerable margin in archival keeping qualities as opposed to digital. In digital, images must be periodically re-copied and archived, the best in multiples, to ensure some degree of preservation into the future. However, there is no guarantee (and never has been) that digital media will be readable 10, 20 or 30 years from now, while analogue images will still, in the vast majority of correct keeping conditions, be as good as the day they were shot — especially true with B&W negs and Kodachrome transparencies.
7. Are there any particular subjects that you think that analogue photography is particularly suitable for, respectively not suitable for?
***Landscape photography where nuances of tone, texture and atmosphere must be subtly rendered, free of artifice.
8. Will you continue to shoot analogically in the future?
***Yes, certainly, but I retain an open mind that we may not have analogue media in such a wide variety in the future as we do now. Thus, I started hybridising my work a long time ago and easily switch between analogue (the most intensive and relevant to my training and experience) and digital capture; at this time all print jobbing is from analogue. No surprise that its faster to get a digital print, cheaper too, but analogue has that definable quality that trumps digital — to a point.
If you also shoot digitally:
9. Approximately how much of your photography do you estimate that you shoot analogically?
***99% I don't often print from digital; it is mostly a reference medium.
10. What is it that makes you not photograph only analogically?
***Future proofing my interest. The need to diversify and transition skills to be prepared for a major change in the future that a great many people believe will happen, but just when we don't know for sure.
11. Is there anything that could make you photograph analogically even more?
***No. The balance is right for me. Diversity is the key to ongoing enjoyment and fulfilment, and using other skills, adapted ad hoc , is a good and sensible investment in the future to retain an interest in photography.
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