I bought myself a compact rangefinder camera last week. For the last year or so I've been shooting pretty much exclusively on 35mm film, or for much of my day to day stuff - my iPhone. But as you can imagine it's not really that practical trying to shoot everything on 35mm (if it was I would) since it's expensive to use and more importantly a really expensive learning tool, especially since taking photos is just a hobby for me. And the iPhone is okay, it's been my top camera for the last year in many ways, the best camera is the one you've got on you or something like that right?
I've been wanting a compact fixed lens camera since this time last year and finally saved up enough money and excuses to buy myself one as a Christmas present this year.
I've set myself the challenge to carry it around with me everywhere, like I would my iPhone or 35mm, and try to take a few photos through the day. The aim is to take them as I go, but if I've got to go out of my way to find the time then that's fine as well.
But to cut to the chase here, since getting the camera I've had a sudden interest in fashion photography mainly due to this guy - Luca Rossini.
He has some photos that really grabbed me.
So I thought, why don't I give it a go myself? I dropped my friend Jemima a line and asked if she'd be keen to model for me while she's back in Bath for a few weeks and we went from there.
I'm writing this on the evening of our shoot day and I can safely say it was a hell of a lot of fun. Challenging for sure, I felt like a real lemon at our first location not having a clue what to do (to be honest I still didn't by the end of the day), but so much fun.
I've uploaded a few select photos from the day below.