It's no secret
that pictures are what brings a destination alive, giving
it depth, character, emotion. Every editor knows that
acres of perfectly chiselled prose can rarely stand
up to that visual snap of frozen time.
I've always been seduced by the instant and ephemeral
side of photography, partly because I always seem to
be on the run. From the mid-1980s onwards I amassed
thousands of 35mm slides covering people and landscapes
from Madagascar to Kashmir, Mali to Guatemala, Corsica
to the Brazilian Amazon. Many have been published through
three different picture libraries or were supplied directly
by me. I so miss that moment of getting boxes of slides
back from processing and sitting down to look at them
on the light-box. It was another journey, one of reliving
With the digital age all that has changed. No surprises
– you know exactly what’s in your camera.
I confess to having been slow on the uptake. My first
experiments were with the basic but excellent Sony Cybershot
P200 which they've sadly stopped manufacturing. Many
of the snapshots here were taken with it in 2006-2007
- until that damned speck of dust appeared on the sensor.
Next came a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2: more versatility
and megapixels, and a sharp Leica lens. Since
then I've graduated through the fabulous LX3 to a LX7.
You can tell I like the brand and the camera, great
for hard travelling and restaurants.
Eventually, faithful to Nikon SLRs (the trusty FM5 never
failed me) I got a Nikon D60 with a brilliant Nikkor
18-105mm lens. This covers everything I need while being
relatively easy to stuff in a bag. Once on the road,
always on the road.