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 Technical Architect Nicholas Walker.
Name: Nic Walker
Occupation: Technical Architect
1. Tell us about yourself in three sentences maximum?
I live and work in central London and have been shooting film for a few years. I have no pretensions to be an artist or professional photographer: I shoot film because it’s an awful lot of fun!
*2. Why do you still shoot analogue? *
I started out photographing analogue because I wanted an answer to the cold clinical efficiency of what I was using before. It turns out I love the unpredictability of film and of old, plastic or odd cameras. There’s a lot more to explore with film and I still get that excitement every time a roll comes back from the lab.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
I try to carry a small bag. In a city as busy as London anything cumbersome is a hassle, so I usually carry a small rangefinder, an LCA or an Olympus XA2, and load them with either super-fast Fuji Neopan or something that will give me great contrast and bright colours, like Kodak Elitechrome EBX or Lomography’s Chrome 100..
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
The best way I’ve found to take great photos is to put yourself in interesting places. Travel, explore, turn up to weird and wacky events wherever you live and you will have no end of great photographs.
5. Which photographers influence your work?
My friends. We go out on photo walks together regularly. Seeing what my friends do with their cameras inspires me to try new things.
Thanks, Nic, for taking the time to answer these questions! Browse more of his pictures on his Flickr.