First, a bit of background? As much or as little as you are comfortable sharing… Name, Where you are from, what you do, What else in life do you enjoy? that sort of thing?
Nicholas Poole from New Orleans, currently living in Austin. I’m an avid back packer, mt biker, fisher, and classic camera user, sailor
How long have you been taking photos?
I’ve been actively shooting and developing film since I was a kid.
What sort of photography do you enjoy or partake in the most (street, landscape, etc)
I mostly shoot journalist style, I try to convey lots of information in my shots to tell the story to anyone that sees them
How big a part of your photography life are 35mm compact cameras?
My main gun is an olympus 35SP so I’d say a big part
What about the experience of shooting with them appeals to you?
The ability to always have a camera on me wit out it being cumbersome.
Do you feel they have effected your style? become part of it? or are the reason for it…?
For sure, the limitations of a fixed lens and either rangefinder, or zone focus really makes you focused on the image making
Which is/are your favourite cameras? the one/s that go with you the most?
Olympus 35SP, nikon f100, yashica mat 124g
What is it specifically about these cameras that appeal to you so much?
The olympus is small and has a great lens, the nikon is adaptable and fast with the ability to shoot long lenses, the yashica has a larger negative and slows me down
What was the path to this shooting habit? How did you discover it appealed to you?
If this is in reference to the above question then it was a long long journey of buying repairing shooting and selling to find what worked for me. I wanted to have the correct tool for the job at hand with little compromise.
Show us your favourite/best image/s taken with a compact camera?
Children at summer camp – Tri-x – Olympus 35sp
Before evacuating from some hurricane in Alabama – Hp5 – Olympus 35sp
Hurricane Katrina aftermath (Didn’t scan too well) – Tri-x – Canon af35m
What films do you shoot with and why?
Trix and hp5, they are readily available locally, excellent contrast, easy to develop in my bathroom
How, where, why do you process and or print your photos?
use a windowless bathroom with a towel stuffed under the door. I do my own because I can’t trust labs to not scratch my negs or ruin them. When I screw up I know it was my fault, when they screw up and i get back a strip of black they blame me.
What other cameras/type of camera do you regularly shoot with and why – what situations require something else/more if any?
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