In this new and on-going series we have selected some of the most enthusiastic film photography fanatics and asked them 5 simple questions that gives us an insight into their passion for all things analogue. We also get to see some of their own photographs. Today, we talk to Huw J Long.
Name: Huw J Long
Occupation: Contract Supervisor
1. Tell us about yourself in three sentences maximum?
I’m an engineer for a maintenance company looking after telecoms equipment. I live in Wales with wife Tanya and dog Hector. I love Photography and Cameras.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
It’s not a case of still shooting photography, I’m new to film; I have always had a camera but mainly P&S. I finally got a digital SLR and then learnt how to use it. This took the guesswork out of it and my mistakes were instant. I discovered a Camera shop in Carmarthen which had an amazing back room full of vintage equipment, I just had to have on and give film a go. I got a Nikon FE as my lenses were backward compatible, and the results were amazing. I had to learn to stop and think as each shot taken cost me money. I haven’t looked back and now have 15 film cameras and counting…
3.What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
I love my Kowa 6, there is something about it I love. I takes dreamy photos that I just can’t achieve on digital. I also carry a Diana Mini and Sprocket Rocket. I use a light meter App to meter and plenty of rolls of film.
4.Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
I’m not clever enough for tricks, all I can say it to take your time and absorb your surroundings, or if it’s with Lomo cameras just point and shoot and hope for the best.
5. What photographers influence your work?
I’m still learning and have a long way to go. I follow the Film Photography Podcast Group on Flickr, the group have an enormous following and the photos posted inspire me every day. They are passionate in what they do and the images they produce on film just blows me away. They got me started with Polaroid land cameras and I haven’t looked back. They are a very friendly bunch and give me the confidence to go out and try something different.