This image was shot on a Samsung DUOS. Yes, I succumbed to casually snapping shots with my phone like everyone else these days!
I think I was 8 years old when I started using my father’s Zeiss-Ikon camera. For those of you from the digital age, you can imagine something from old movies if you like and you wont be far wrong. Film, of course. And expensive too. Just 12 images per roll of film which usually cost about a half day’s pay to get processed and printed. The format was 6x6cm film with no light meter, just guesswork at best. Set the shutter speed and aperture manually and pace out the distance to get the focus right, or just take a guess at that too. The results were usually ghastly, but after a while I learned a lot about the fundamentals that held me in good stead for the rest of my ‘photographic career’. At the height of that career I was using Mamiya gear: a 645-Pro with 6 lenses, 35mm, 50mm with perspective control, 80mm, 150mm, 210mm and 400mm fixed focal length, plus I also used an RZ67 with 80mm, 150mm and 210mm lenses. Big heavy stuff to lugg around. Tiresome sometimes.