In this new and ongoing 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 Graphic Designer Michael Sullivan.
Name: Mister Michael Sullivan
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Country: South Wales, UK
1. Tell us something about yourself.
I have always been more of an observer. On long car journeys as a kid, my brother would be playing on his Game Boy… whilst my nose was pressed up against the window. The first photograph I remember taking was of my pet hamster running away from a line of trolls (those 80s ones with the giant hair).
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
I find film prints more exciting and precious; my digital photos don’t make their way on to paper enough. I don’t get snap happy with film seen as it can be pricey, so I generally put more thought in to whether a moment is worth capturing or not. For this reason I find that my film photographs evoke more memories for me in comparison to digital. I also love the colours, tones and unpredictable qualities it delivers.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
At the moment, I’m carrying around:
- A Canon EOS 5 film SLR with a 50mm f/1.8 lens… great for atmospheric portraits and short depth of field.
- A Holga 120CFN… magical and unpredictable.
- A basic wind-on 35mm compact… very plastic (including the lens), delivers lovely tones and great for landscapes, especially for picking up sky/cloud textures and tones.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
I try to refrain from shooting an entire view, where there may be too many elements within one photo. Concentrating on certain details can produce more interesting results, for instance focusing on a single branch… rather than the whole tree.
5. Which photographers influence your work?