I have found that the so called “rules” of photography can often be challenged, and then with a little thought, can be ignored. Experience has taught me that there really are no cast iron rules in photography, and I am convinced that half the time they are merely invented by writers to fill up [...]
After years of carrying around a huge backpack loaded with lots of things I “might need,” I have spent more time recently travelling around on foot with the minimum of equipment.
A year ago I made a conscious effort to carry only one (film) camera on any trip, nothing else, and generally would select [...]
In the interest of sharing with, and also in scaring everyone who owns a Leica MP, this is what happens when the shutter breaks.
I was shocked when a processed film showed random lines throughout and light bleeding all over, and then oddly the next film was fine. I was more shocked when I [...]
(Part One of this post is http://www.rogercoulam.com/blog/2011/01/escaping-the-digital-straight-jacket-part-one/)
Freeing myself from my tripod (and medium format) was mentally difficult but very liberating, and finding a balance between image quality and being able to take pictures quickly and spontaneously, (without too much thought), is an ongoing battle.
I dispensed with digital early in the project because [...]
Over the last year I have been working on a new body of pictures, which can be loosely classed as street photography.
My work was being completely dictated by my clients, and I invariably shot a certain type of picture for a certain marketplace. This stunted my creativity and almost stopped me making pictures, [...]