35mmc is a blog about photography and cameras. It is edited and published by me, Hamish Gill, featuring one or two posts of my own each week. In addition to my thoughts, I also regularly publish content submitted by the online community of photographers 35mmc resides within.
The focus for the website was historically 35mm film cameras, mostly compact and rangefinder models, though as time passes, these early themes are much less exclusively what 35mmc is about. Digital photography has also become a small part of the fabric of the website, but where digital cameras are featured the focus is on gear that’s right for the task at hand, and not what’s the biggest, best, fastest or latest.
Digital photography has arguably lost its way and has become far too involved in technology, gimmicks and selling points that overcomplicate the cameras. Manufacturers peddle the latest and greatest cameras with the promise that more features and higher specifications will improve the photography of the user. Objectively speaking, there’s some truth in this too: computational features found even in smartphone cameras allow for some wonderful photos to be taken by the rank amateur. But for many photographers, this sort of approach to photography lacks an enjoyment in the process that’s more commonly found in processes associated with analogue photography.
For many of us who shoot film cameras – exclusively or alongside digital cameras – a percentage of our attraction comes from the simplicity of the cameras, the process of using them and the sense of a connection to the process of taking the photo without too much interference from technology. The user experience of cameras, weighted toward an appreciation of simple cameras, has therefore become a core theme of this website.
Ultimately, whilst our focus is around and about cameras, content written by both myself and the community is best described as experiential rather than prescriptive. Photography is a personal experience to both those who partake in it as a hobby and those who make it a profession. Photography is a vast topic, with endless opportunities. 35mmc is simply a blog for those who those who feel affinity with the themes and ideas outlined above
Some posts that are cornerstones of the themes of 35mmc, or provide good examples of our content include: