I've been taking photographs for over a decade. Somewhere along the line I lost my inspiration and creativity, which took the joy out of it - and I realise now that this coincided with my swap from film to digital. In 2011 I stumbled across lomography.com and immediately felt an itch to swap my shiny new Nikon D700 for my old trusty workhorse F100 that has been with me through everything I've learnt about photography.
Choosing one photo from the past year is surprisingly easy for me. This photo I had been envisioning for some time, and it turned out exactly the way I wanted it to. I’m not so much a shoot-from-the-hip kind of gal, I prefer a bit of pre-planning in my images.
One of my favourite photographs ever is Steve Double’s portrait of Nick Cave in Sao Paulo – if you know it, the inspiration for this portrait of my boyfriend in Glasgow is evident. This was taken at the top of The Lighthouse (an exhibition centre, not an actual light house), after climbing a long spiral staircase. The Glasgow weather was its usual grey windy self, but the sun just managed to squeeze some light through the cloud cover, which gives the sort of divine light behind his head.
I was using Kodak Tri-X, which was the film I learnt to shoot with and process myself all those years ago. I developed it at home in my bathroom (something I hadn’t done for some time), and it came out perfect – I love the grain, something digital can never copy or do better. Analogue photos “breathe”, which is why they are capable of capturing so much more emotion and atmosphere.
A big thank you to all you lomographers out there who inspired me to return to film and fall in love with photography all over again!