Back to Analogue

'In Two Minds' - Leica M3 with Kodak Ultramax 400

It started when I was moving house. I found my old cassette tapes and wanted to hear them again. So, an Ebay purchase, and back to analogue. The internet for searching and researching, the gear for presence of mind...


I enjoyed my cassettes, and the different types of players and recorders I managed to find. When I used this earlier technology, it felt different.


After the cassettes, trying my hand with film cameras again came naturally - followed by manual typewriters, fountain pens etc., and having cool cameras is an essential part of photography, it's half the fun! 


I'm not entirely present when I'm looking at a picture or something on a screen; it puts me in two minds. Using my digital camera, with its screen on the back, always brings about this slightly irritating position; sort of betwixt and between, and with little room for imagination.


Now I have a separation of analogue and digital workflows. The digital helps to support and promote my work. But it's the analogue devices which have become the tools of my trade, allowing me to fully settle, concentrate, and engage my imagination.