Keen to learn more about the history of photography, I read a book by Cartier-Bresson, a biography of Bob Capa, watched Life Through A Lens by Barbara Leibovitz and began to wend my way through Langford’s photography guides. This is, of course, the tip of the iceberg, but it was a start. Although it’s really the difference between watching a tennis match and playing it yourself. I needed to take photographs in film. And I couldn’t use just any film camera, it had to be a very old one with a soul and a place in 20th Century history.
I bow in awe to the great 20th Century photojournalists who managed to master this camera. From my first roll of 36 I’d say I could throw at least 12 straight in the bin, another 10 might be salvaged by extreme photoshop cropping (not really in the spirit of the exercise!) and that’s before I even begin to think about developing the film myself. But, if at first you don’t succeed…!