I rarely write about photographers: I feel like I’m too uneducated about the subject to properly deal with it. Anyways, there are some photographers whose work doesn’t need much words to be interpreted and appreciated.
This week, I decided to dedicate my Tuesday Spotlight to Samuel Bradley, a young (I mean, REALLY young! 21 years old, are you kidding me!?) and super talented boy from Surrey, UK.
What I like the most about him, is that he uses analog cameras: this means FILMS!
When I was in high school (6 years ago) and began approaching to the world of reflex cameras, I had to struggle against the rise of digital photography (I have a Nikon F55, that I love and makes awesome photographs); that’s why I find it really notable when someone, nowadays, decides to avoid digital media.
I really liked Samuel’s word about the film vs. digital topic:
“Put simply, 120 film still exceeds digital capabilities in colour reproduction, sharpness and detail. Large format leaves it dead in the water. I didn’t really notice it at first but after working with much larger scan resolutions and file sizes you can see the difference in a big way. It’s nice to zoom in and see grain rather than pixels. […]
Those are some technical reasons but another reason for using film is the way it makes you shoot. 35mm doesn’t really do this, but larger film causes you to think a lot more about a picture before you take it. As a result, photographs are more considered and thoughtful. I know this is a purely mental thing, and with practice I will get there with digital. But there’s too much temptation to fire off your shutter over and over till your happy. When you’ve only got ten shots on a roll or a few sheets of large format that cost you money and will cost you even more in time and money to develop, you fix the picture before it’s taken, not afterwards. […]
The film/digital divide is technically explicable whilst being psychologically inexplicable, and can only really be understood through practice.”
Samuel travels a lot (lucky!!), and obviously shoots wonderful photos of the places he visits: I loved the Rome, Roma, Amor series!
Having the opportunity of looking from a different point of view at the city you’re living in, it’s always interesting! Tourists usually think of Rome in a peculiar way (i.e. Vatican, Colosseum, lots of marble and stones), and I was really surprised while looking at the photos he took.
You should really check his blog, where he posts updates on his projects and ongoing series: I’m really curious to see the hitching project!
I really think this guy is amazingly talented, and that he can only improve his skills!