In March this year I was fortunate enough to get to shoot with some of my favourite cameras at a huge political public event. This was a really important day for me, as a public sector working in my first year of employment.
I work for the probation service, which like many other public services is facing huge cuts at the moment. At the beginning of 2011 we were very close to having compulsory redundancies which was horrible for me, as a newbie, even though my job seemed fairly secure. I watched lots of my colleagues and friends getting ready to fight for their jobs. Fortunately, due to the generosity of other colleagues who took extra leave, even though it meant less pay every month, and a number of people agreeing to early retirement/voluntary redundancy then those jobs were saved. Other public services however have not been so lucky and the situation is very much ongoing.
The march organised by the Trade Unions Convention on March this year was really important as it showed the government how important this issue is to the general UK public. There is often a lot of apathy among British citizens but that day it felt as though everyone was there, and those who couldn’t be were supporting us in mind. The day itself was very special (if a bit tiring), there was a huge turnout and a great friendly atmosphere. Some of the banners which had been made by the marchers were creative, to the point and often hilarious.
If the TUC decides on more marches regarding this issue I will definitely going along with Napo (my union) and taking lots and lots of photos. I encourage anyone else who likes the NHS, Royal Mail and other public services being public to come and join us.
In the week preceding the elections for the European Parliament, several political rallies were held in Como. As with all other public events in my city I documented one of these rallies, this time using a Russian film camera Zorki 6 loaded with a black and white film roll. Take a look!
This month, after waiting for three years, my city Como hosted the Tour of Lombardy, an important event in the male elite road cycling tour. With my Fed 3 loaded with black and white film and equipped with ultra sharp Industar 50/3.5 lens, I documented the parade of cyclists who went to the starting line after they registered. Take a look after the jump!
Alfred Eisenstaedt was one of Life Magazine's greatest photographers, known for his ability to immortalize the storytelling moment of many public events in history. To write this tribute to him, I chose a subject that he photographed in different places and times: card players in public places. The photos in this article were taken at the Patronal Feast of my city Como, during a series of buraco's lessons held by a local card players club.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
This autumn, Como hosted a very important sporting event: a 6,000-meter rowing race on the lake. The race was first held in 1893. After 123 years, the Trofeo Villa D'Este has been revived. I documented this event with my trusty Praktica camera and two lenses, a 50mm and 135mm.
An enthusiast of alternative photographic processes, in 2012 An Zuriel set up the "Dutch Alternative Photography" website to connect enthusiasts and share information, not just in the Netherlands but worldwide. We get the scoop on her work plus a step-by-step guide on her three favourite alternative photographic processes!
There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.
This is the story of my first adventure on the beach this year. In the middle of June, I took my first sunbath along the seaside on a small public beach in Varazze - a rather small and unkempt place which I will never return to in the future. Read more to find out why!
Between this October and March next year, the public will finally be able to see for the first time what is now believed to be the oldest existing movie starring a cast of black actors. Details about the exhibit after the jump!
Dale McCready is a cinematographer working in the film/ TV industry and has worked on programmes such as Doctor Who and Merlin. He was one of our supporters for the Petzval Kickstarter campaign and recently used the lens to film for a new BBC drama, which is due out in March. Dale kindly shared some of his Petzval photographs with us and talked about his love for this lens. Read on for the full interview.
Those long, frosty, dark nights are finally behind us. It's time to dust of your Diana F+; wipe down your LC-A Wide and get shooting again! Join us for some fabulous workshops and events in Soho and come and visit us in March at the Birmingham NEC as part of The Photography Show 2015. Read on for the full line up.
I went to the Victoria & Albert Museum's Friday Late, an event that takes place every last Friday evening of the month. For March 2014, the London borough of Tottenham was invited to curate an evening of creativity. There were a number of events that went on ranging from music and art to fashion and film. Accompanied by my LC-A+ and Fisheye No. 2, here are my highlights of that evening in photographs.
From October 16 to 19, the Signal Festival took place in Prague once again. This festival is a huge outdoor exhibition of light installations in public spaces within the city of Prague, which lures thousands of people to the streets.