As photographers, we’re not supposed to include our gear as one of the things that make us photographers; they’re just the tools we use. But the art of photography is entwined with an awesome technology, and always has been. As someone who, many years ago enjoyed painting, I could, and still can, appreciate a quality sable brush and a fresh tube of Windsor Blue gouache . Did it make me a better painter? Probably not, but then I was never that good, anyway.

Personally, I love my cameras and my lenses. I shoot with a modern DSLR, the Nikon D750, and I shoot with an old film camera, the Nikon FE. I don’t have many lenses, my favourite on the D750 being the Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 as it is such a versatile lens good for so many different subjects and situations. It is quite large, so to offset this I also like to use the inconspicuous 50mm f1.8G lens. This is much better for when I’m out on the street and maybe thinking of doing some street portraits, or I just want to travel a little lighter. On the film camera I currently have a 28mm f3.5 AI lens. It is a quality lens purchased for less than 50 quid and is only ever let down by the thing behind it that is far too used to having autofocus ability, but I’m trying.

My subject’s have been quite diverse, but after 15 years of holding a camera I am beginning to settle into a few areas of interest. The first and foremost is documenting family and friends. They have been my favourite subject for many years now. My other, more recent interest is night photography. By this I mean, walking the streets and shooting the lights of the city handheld at wide apertures and high ISO’s. I find working without a tripod more freeing and is my preference. I also do the occasional headshot session, which helps to pay for new lenses, film/developing and equipment servicing.

My inspirations are few, but Steve McCurry ranks up there with the best of them for me. I have also just started to look at Fan Ho’s work. Both of these photographer's style and compositions are a joy to experience.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my stuff.

Rod Allsopp.
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