Bronica SQ-A camera. Zenzanon PS 150mm f/4 lens. Ilford Delta Pro 400 film. Home developed in Kodak D-76 at 1:1. Scanned film on V500.
The above photograph was taken of a rather “arse about tit” gargoyle at Outwell Church. A naughty and rather rude demon it appears.
Yesterday marked my Flickr 10th birthday. I uploaded my first image to Flickr on 19th May 2005. A pair of Fennec Foxes, taken at Colchester Zoo, using a Canon Powershot A60 (or was the A85, I “upgraded around that time.).
At the time I was using digital compact cameras. I don’t know if you could call them point & shoot, as they were surprisingly well equipped, with f/2.8 lens, shutter priority, aperture priority, and I think full manual exposure modes. It was later that this sort of class of digital camera seemed to be dumbed down. My photography was pretty much snapshot and family stuff, as it had been since I started snapping away on Kodak Instamatics many years earlier. However, my brother had inspired me years earlier with his Canon AE1, and had given me some insight into composition and technique, so I wasn’t totally green.
Flickr at that time was a part of the Web 2.0 initiative of interactive websites entering the WWW. I had previously hosted my digital images on my own website. Flickr was not a part of the Yahoo group. It still belonged to a Canadian firm.
Since then, I’ve uploaded 5,738 more images to Flickr, which have received 4,296,832 views. Does it all really matter though? The positive thing about my Flickr experience has been that it provides me with a lot of inspiration – or rather the other photographers there provide me with inspiration. It encourages me to actually take photographs – sad as that sounds, but it is true.
Now, despite my recent block, I’ve forced myself to use up a couple of HP5 films in the XA2. I need to go and develop them. Time to get off the pooter.