I took my first photograph aged 8 years old. It was taken with a disposable camera out of dispenser on a holiday camp site. I’d been fascinated from an early age by photography and actually had a Box Brownie camera which my aunt had given me. I never actually used it though… it was more of antique, something to marvel and handle with respect! Sadly, I no longer have the photos I took on that disposable camera. How fascinating it would be to look them after more than 50 years! Ah well, it wasn’t long before I had my first ‘proper camera’ when I got a Halina Paulette Electric II camera for my 10th birthday.
It came with a flashgun (the ones that used single-use bulbs), a slide viewer, a case and a roll of Kodachrome slide film, all for £10! I used it for many years and I still have many of the photographs I took with it. It was an excellent starter camera and as you had to use manual settings it was a great way to learn all about shutter speeds, apertures and exposure in general. It also had a built-in selenium cell light meter that you used to set the correct exposure with.
Fast forward several years and over the next few decades I owned several cameras including a Yeshiva FR II, a Contax 139, a Mamiya C220, a Canon EOS 620, a Samsung NX11, a Sony A600, a Fuji X-T2 and now a Fuji X-H1 (I kept the X-T2 as my second body). As well as the usual range of lenses to go with these cameras, I have acquired several vintage lenses that I used with adapters. Currently my favourites are two Zeiss lenses (for the Contax G2),the Contax G Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 Biogon and the Contax G Zeiss 90mm f/2.8 Sonnar. These are excellent lenses and even though I have had offers for them I will be hanging onto them for along to come.
Here are some example shots taken with them.
Taken with Contax G Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 Biogon on Somy A6000
Taken with Contax G Zeiss 90mm f/2.8 Sonnar on Sony A6000
Being semi-retired, I have decided to return to the world of freelancing and have added to my kit with the Fuji X-H1 body and the excellent Fujifilm XF35mm f/2.0 R WR Lens in Black. I also purchased the Rotolight Neo 2 (continuous light with built-in HSS flash), a few backgrounds and stand, plus various accessories.
With this kit I intend to take headshots and informal portraits, as well as indulge in my passion for street photography. I may even try to get some commissions in social documentary portraiture. Here is an example of my street photography.
So, it will be interesting to see how I get on as freelance once more. Guess it’s a case of ‘watch this space!’