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European portraits

The latest portraits in my Europeans project are of Richard, from Austria, and Miha from Slovenia. I photographed them at the Queens College sports ground where they both play football, on a glorious summer evening.This was one of those occasions when there wasn’t as much time to shoot as I’d have liked. Richard, Miha and I got to the sports grounds nice and early only to find the gates locked. While Richard hunted down a key, time ticked away leaving us with only 2-3 minutes to get a pair of portraits before the game started.

Fortunately the light was outstanding: patches of light cloud moving fast in the sky at golden hour. Perfect! I sat Richard down on this bend outside the main pavilion building and took no more than dozen shots using an 85mm f/1.8 lens. He was confident in front of the camera, which helped too.

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Vive la film!

It’s a good time to be a film photographer. A few weeks ago, Kodak announced they’re bringing Ektachrome back from the grave and are looking into doing the same with Kodachrome. Then we have a brand new black & white ISO 400 film from Bergger, which uses both silver bromide and iodide for extra dynamic range and is available in lots of different formats.

I like film photography, and still keep a handful of film cameras on the go.

Dr Sophie Read

I’ve been photographing female fellows at Christ’s College, Cambridge, for a couple of years now, and Dr Sophie Read was my last commission in the series. It’s been a massive honour to shoot this set of pictures – fascinating people in wonderful surroundings. What’s not to like?