My name is Chris Thomson and I have been interested in photography since I was a young boy when my parents gave me a little Kodak Instamatic. My interest grew stronger during my mid teens when my dad gave me his Olympus OM-10 SLR.
Photography was pretty much on the back burner during my 20’s while I played keyboards in my band (we were called Kabuki). Hot sweaty rehearsal rooms and pubs and clubs in Edinburgh were the order of the day! Â It has only been in the last few years that Iâ€™ve started taking photography more seriously.
I am inspired by the work of Ansel Adams and Joe Cornish along with other Scottish photographers.
My main passion in photography is for landscapes and in particular Scotlandâ€™s landscape. When out taking photos I feel some kind of connection with the landscape that is quite hard to put in words but hopefully comes through in the photos.
Although Scotland is a well photographed country we are lucky enough to have such diverse weather conditions that it is possible to get a different image every time the landscape is captured.
In terms of the gear I use I have both film and digital cameras with the digital option being the one I used almost all the time until recently. I have started to use film again using a medium format camera and have found that I prefer the look of film, it has has that little extra something that digital cannot produce.Â I think that digital is a great for most things but I feel that for what I do, film currently fits the bill better.
For the gear heads out there here is a list of the camera equipment I currently own.
- Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi)
- Tamron SP 17-55mm f/2.8 Dii Lens
- Canon EOS 5 35mm Film camera
- Canon 28-80mm USM II lens
- Olympus OM 10 and OM 4 35mm Cameras
- Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/1.8
- Sigma 28-135mm OM fit lens
- Mamiya M645J Medium Format camera with 80mm Lens, 45mm lens and Prism Finder
- Holga 120CFN Medium Format camera
- HiTech Neural Density grads and Cokin glass Circular Polariser filter
- Nikon Coolscan LS-40 ED 35mm scanner
I am also using a Mamiya RB 6x7cm medium format camera which has been loaned to me by a friend at the camera club I’m in.