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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?


Sophie was great in front of the camera. We started off shooting some pictures in her oak-panelled office using daylight from a large window that looked out onto the courtyard below. Next we wandered out into the fellow’s garden to try a couple of spots I’d seen on previous occasions, before finishing off by using one of the doorways that lead up to the beautiful old oak stair cases, which surround the First Court.

You can see other pictures from this series on my main portfolio site at ianfarrell.com/christs-college.

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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.

Jess, with dreadlocks

I walked into the studio a couple of weeks ago to find that my colleague had constructed a kind of cubicle from dark background cloth, which he had used to shoot some video for a musician friend. I was pretty intrigued by it (and the way you sound when stood inside it – no echo at all) and really wanted to shoot some gungy looking portraits using it as an alcove.