It seems an age ago since I photographed inside The Vinyl Factory. Today I found out that one of the images has been selected for a calendar celebrating Made In Britain. Chuffed!
I’ve often asked myself “Why would anyone want to buy a 50 year old plus Fed 2 Russian (Or any other) Rangefinder camera?” I still don’t know the answer to that, but the feelings and desires we get for some apparently inanimate objects is quite irrational. Bass guitars being my other GAS weakness.I have beenContinue reading “Fed 2 Russian Rangefinder Musings”
It’s been over a year since I wrote my longer piece about the importance of a long term photography project. My last project at The Vinyl Factory has been in the can for a few years and to be quite honest, at the time took over my though processes for too long. So, now, withContinue reading “New Project: The Craftsmen.”
I have never used expired film or used a bulk loader until now. Not however for any particular reason, probably just because I simply didn’t feel the need to. I had been given a bulk loader and a handful of reloadable cassettes in a collection of darkroom gear by a retired professional. He no longerContinue reading “Unexpected Adventures with Ilford FP4+ Expired Film”
Getting close and speaking to the people that you are about to photograph makes the experience all the more rewarding. Visceral even. I like that.
Having read on this very site a couple of XA articles, I knew that this was a camera of some reputation, with its tiny dimensions, cute clamshell case and tack sharp 35mm f2.8 Zuiko lens.
“I think you’re getting obsessed” my wife said when I told her about my latest impulse purchase, an Olympus OM2n. It was to good of a deal to pass up! She’s right though. I had fallen in love with my bequeathed OM2 SP, but wanted to have the manual interface and functionality of the OM1Continue reading “Olympus OM2n SLR – A Camera for everyone”
Ok, I know this is not a rangefinder, but it is a 35mm compact camera, a system camera I grant you, but a 35mm one and it is compact, as others have testified. 🙂 This camera got me onto the Olympus OM system fully. I had borrowed an OM 30 from a friend and hadContinue reading “Olympus OM2-SP – A Pro 35mm SLR”
Not only was there a couple of cameras there, but they had what has turned out to be a lovely Voightlander CLR rangefinder. A quick bater on the marked price bought me the camera for £20.00! bargain!
So having found a great shooting camera in the 35SP I needed a project. A new customer of mine for my day job was a very interesting factory. Based in the former EMI record pressing works, The Vinyl Factory is an independent vinyl record pressing plant, record label and all round creative hub. I showedContinue reading “First Photo Project”