Who am I?
My Name is Joseph and I am a film photographer living near Preston, Lancashire in the UK. Where I live with Emese, my Hungarian girlfriend.
“Photography is not what I do for a living, but it is what I do to live!”
A little back-story.
Since my mid-teens I have been affected by anxiety. There is no other way to say it…it is life changing, and I do not think it was for the better. I always ask myself the “what ifs”. What if I was braver? What if I said yes more? My life could of gone down a very different path. For better or worse, we will never know.
However, in 2009 I attended CBT to finally tackle my demons. Honestly, it was the best decision I have ever made. Fast forward to now, January 2018 and my life couldn’t be more different. Am I 100% cured? No! But I am the happiest I have ever been. Year on year I am becoming more confident and self-aware and I love it!
But I’ll probably make a blog post on that subject in the future as mental health is something that interests me greatly.
So what does this have to do with photography I hear you say?
Well, I have found that when I have a camera to my eye and I’m intentionally looking for a great photograph, I am calm and relaxed. Photography is therapy for me.
I have shot on digital for the last 10 years, but it was lacking something. So in early 2017 I bought a 35mm film camera and bought some rolls of film and to be honest the digital camera I own rarely makes an outing. Film just gives me that look I have been chasing. It is also very calming for me. The whole process from loading the 35mm film canister to reading the light levels and pressing that shutter button, it is like I said…therapy!
What kind of photographs do I make?
I am hugely inspired by the National Geographic photographers and especially the works of Steve McCurry, Sebastiao Salgado and Joey L. And I hope to transition towards portrait and documentary style photographs this year, because as strange as it seems for a guy with social anxiety. I love people, everybody has their own story to tell and I hope my images can somehow get their stories out and into the world.
Where else can you find me?
Thank you for being part of this journey.