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A Japanese multinational photographic and imaging company headquartered in Tokyo. Fujifilm’s principal activities are the development, production, sale and servicing of business document solutions, medical imaging and diagnostics equipment, cosmetics, regenerative medicine, stem cells, biologics manufacturing, optical films for flat panel displays, optical devices, photocopiers and printers, digital cameras, color film, color paper, photofinishing equipment, photofinishing chemicals, graphic arts equipment and materials.
I have no connection in any way whatsoever with Fujifilm.
Wabi Sabi – one of many definitions
Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay, the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.
About the site
The site will contain galleries of work from the last 40 plus years on film and digital with a Fuji bias either in use of equipment or film stock, plus my step backwards to drawing and design ‘ all a bit imperfect’
The photographs are my interpretation of the scenes, when I used colour transparency film I would underexpose to get more saturated colour which were not necessarily true to life just my vision and the same applies to the images on the site wether film or digital. Black and white images are removed from reality so some of my colour images are the same.
I started to take photographs with a Box Brownie at about 7 or 8 years old, but the revelation came when, at about 9 or 10, I watched a cousin develop a black and white print using a home-made enlarger and that was it, I was hooked.
The next momentous event was on top of a mountain in Switzerland at the age of 13 when I suddenly thought how do I capture the whole scene. ‘I know’ ! If I took a series of photographs I can then join the prints later, that would work. It did.
Well, 50 years later, I am still making panoramics, but now digitally, though I do occasionally miss the Xpan panoramic camera, which was like having a new pair of eyes and stands out among the mass of 5 x 4, roll film, 35mm cameras I have used over the years.
I have been inspired by artists, friends, teachers and photographers over the years and consider myself to be privileged to have made a living from what has been my passion, hobby and lover.
I now work totally digitally and, whilst I miss the craft of film, I do not miss unsociable hours in a darkroom and the smelly, toxic chemicals.
A friend once said at an exhibition of my work that I needed to focus. He photographs plants, people, landscape, still life, etc. etc. Well, I can never stop seeing and I love drawing, painting, typography, photography and ‘well, yes’, he was right, perhaps it would be better to focus, but there is MUCH to see, do and create.
I used to say I had AG in veins instead of blood, but these days it is 0s and 1s.
Having reached a stage in life where, ‘lets call it’ Zen has more importance than Yen, I want to share my thoughts and images with whoever is prepared to take the time to look at this site and read my thoughts.
Hopefully some of you might gain some inspiration from me to repay the profound debt of gratitude to the people who inspired me.
The galleries will contain images from the whole of my photographic and design life, on film and digital on all formats and many different subjects. I am not so vain as to say that all the images are wabi sabi or great, just a few of those fleeting moments or meditated thoughts which produce images that please me and maybe you.
The common link is that 95% plus are either on Fuji cameras or Fuji film.
The tech stuff
In my time of loving and working in photography I have used Zenith, Practica, MPP, Pentax, Nikon, Contax, Mamiya, Rollie, Hasselblad, Sinar, Shen Hao, Olympus, Miranda, Bronica, Hasselblad, Leica, Ricoh, Linof, Toyo, Sony and Fuji.
Software I use is Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop plus the wonderful Exposeure by Alien Skin and sometimes Silver Effex.
The Fuji cameras I have used are
6 x 4.5, 6 x 7, 6 x 9, 6 x 17 and TX-2 known as Hasselblad Xpan roll film cameras and large-format lenses on film and Fujifilm FinePix MX-700, X100, X100s, X100F, X-E1, X-E2, X10, X30, X-Pro1, X-T1, X -Pro2, X-T2, X-E3 digital cameras.
Are the Fuji cameras the best cameras I have used?
Stand out digital cameras for me in terms of image quality are Olympus M4/3, Sony A900 FF and The Fuji X series.
Being of an age where I still have a love of images produced in a film-like way I can go out with a Fuji X digital camera and shoot shoot all my favourite film simulations on one body as well as much more and with greater flexibility. Also the Fuji lenses are incredibly good.
Is Fuji perfect? Is any camera?
I have had reliability problems with a lot of the makes which are listed above but not Fuji.
BUT one recurring problemI have had is the ‘white spec’ a 30mm Fuji lens made for Hasselblad Xpan had a white foreign object in between the elements, and it had to go to Japan to be fixed. I had the same problem with an X100 which was replaced by Fuji and an X10 which was repaired by Fuji Europe.
The fuji X series allows me to make any image my heart desires. Enough said.