Author name: julianhiggs

A returning film photographer, musician and engineer. Darkroom owner and film lab experimenter. Always looking to see.

Nicky The Tailor at work

The Craft Project – A New Direction – by Julian Higgs

The Craft Project? Whats that all about then!? Well, it has been over a year since I wrote my longer piece about the importance of a long term photography project. My last project at The Vinyl Factory has been in the can for a few years and to be quite honest, at the time took over my thought processes for too long. So, now with a desire to do something else longer term I’ve decided to approach things differently and break things down into smaller ‘projectettes’. Hopefully making it more manageable.

Olympus OM1 MD

5 Frames With An Olympus OM1 MD (Again) – By Julian Higgs

I’ve been in possession of what has become my favourite 35mm SLR, the Olympus OM1 now for about eight months. Truth be told I have not shot it as often as I was expecting. The honeymoon period with it has faded a little. Because I now know that I can get acceptable exposures on my favourite film stocks (and some not so favourite) without too much trouble, the unpredictability of a new camera has now become the reliable and consistent. But I love the all manual nature of the Olympus OM1, and the Zuiko optics are in my opinion, exceptional.

Olympus OM1 MD

5 Frames With An Olympus OM1 MD & Ilford HP5+ – By Julian Higgs

If you have read any of my previous posts, you may have noticed a growing but common thread running through them: the Olympus OM range of compact SLR cameras. I have been using them since early 2016, starting with a borrowed an OM30 from a good friend at the start of my Vinyl Factory photo project. It is good, but requires a stack of five (yes five) little LR/SR44 cells to work! The advance clutch slipped a few times causing frame overlaps indicating it needed attention. Then, having been bequeathed a “2 Spot” (to use a colloquialism) and bought a used OM2n, I had, inevitably I suppose, begun to hanker after the original. The Olympus OM1.

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