My main interest is in the natural world and our place within it from the perspective of an adventurer.
I have long been involved in the outdoor education and recreation world and have used photography to both act as a memory and an illustration of life in those worlds.
WildCanoe Photography is an extension now into the more tangible aspects of photography. My journey is moving away from digital and making a return to film.
I use both medium format 120 and 35mm format cameras. A Mamiya RZ67 Pro - this is a 120 format and gives negatives that are 6cm x 7cm in size; I also use a Yashica MAT 124G which has a negative size of 6cm x 6cm. Both these cameras are fantastic. The quality of the negative is truly outstanding, only operator error is detrimental… I also have a Canon Canonet from 1961 - a rangefinder 35mm camera. 100% manual, zero batteries and whilst it can be a fussy machine, it is also a delight to use. Then there is the 1970’s Minolta XD-7, another 35mm camera. Top of the line in its heyday! Manual, Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority. It uses the brilliant Minolta MD lenses, which I was already using in the digital sphere, and can also take the MC lenses.
Film is Texture, Film is Organic, Film is clay for light.
Film photography requires one to think. To react. To work efficiently.
Film gains sensory relevance. It is no longer a series of 0’s and 1’s
Film means that when I use my manual meter-less film camera, I find the process of having to think about what I’m doing so greatly more meditative than the process of using a camera where I can photograph in a way that I don’t have to think at all.