Shooting with Petzval 85 Art Lens

Few months ago I had a great privilege and pleasure to be given a fantastic Petzval 85 Art Lens to play with for a couple of months from Lomography UK store.

It is pretty amazing piece of kit and if you love shooting portraiture, this is definitely a lens worth checking out.

If you'd like to read a bit more, please see this nice post Lomography UK did with me on their blog.

If you have any questions about my experience using this lens, send them over!



Skateboarders on London's Southbank

London's Southbank is one of my few favourite places to hang out in London. Perhaps I'm drawn to the river Thames flowing by, or maybe it's the colourful crowds of people passing through. I like being there with my thoughts, and observe the world as it passes by like that water below. 

There is a lot going on there all the time. One of the fixtures of Southbank is a little skate park located underneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall, always filled with funky looking young guys and gals, doing some crazy skateboard tricks. Here are a few photos I captured while I was there a while ago.

Shooting with Lomography Purple Lomochrome film

I love shooting film.

Having said that, I am really a digital camera beast - this is how I got into photography few years ago, it's how I fell in love with it, and that's how I pay my bills.

Few months ago though, I rediscovered film after buying a second hand Nikon F3 camera. Now, I love and cherish every time I press its shutter, it feels so special and truly magical. It's been said so many times before and it's true: shooting film does make me slow down, makes me think and focus more on that photograph I am about to make. It's such an incredible feeling when you hear that "click". I also love the fact of how beautifully unpredictable the film can be; when I shoot digital, I try to fix the imperfections, when I shoot film - I embrace them.

And this brings me to the main protagonist of this post - little roll of Purple Lomochrome film. I bought it on a whim at the London Lomography store. I was just about to do a photo shoot with a friend, an amazing model and actor Lucy Scarfe. I thought it would be a cool idea to shoot a roll of that film and see what I'd get.

You can see some of the photos below - what do you think?

For your information, the background behind Lucy was originally green and she wore a red dress and red lipstick.

Thanks for reading! :)

Meeting Brooke Shaden

Few weeks ago, I was really lucky to meet an art photographer Brooke Shaden who visited London.  The meetup took place in Green Park, London and quite a few people turned up. It was a fantastic opportunity for me as Brooke is one of my favourite photographers.

She is super talented and I love her positive attitude towards life and passion for creativity. If you are not familiar with her work, you can have a look here.

Brooke was really friendly with everyone and kindly gave away lots of free hugs. She also patiently posed for photos; here's a few I shot.

I would love to meet Brooke again and talk for hours about art, photography, passion, creativity. Who knows, maybe it will happen. You never know :-)