Hi i’m Jamie Dench and I shoot film.
I've been a self-taught photographer for a little over a decade. I have shot many genres over the years from landscape to fashion. I initially started to take photos with a little Fujifilm bridge camera, which I loved, but as time went on I realised I wanted more! With that, I purchased a Nikon D5000 which came with a 18-55mm lens (If you own this lens, do not underestimate the power of it!), I then got myself a 50mm lens. I managed to get some paid work taking portraits for people and companies, but it was never enough to pay the bills.
I then went on to buy a Nikon D7000 which was a brilliant piece of kit in it's day! I still own this camera, it cost £1100 for the body and a massive £900 for the 70mm-200mm F2.8 lens to go with it. It's crazy that I spent this amount of money because what I’m about to tell you next may shock you… I DO NOT USE THIS! Thats right, spent two grand on gear that I don’t even use!
In the years I was shooting digital, I had my work featured in New York's Times Square and the Louvre in Paris to later then be published into a Limited Edition Book which featured other artists from the show in Paris.
Why I chose to shoot film over digital.
Why try and make your images look like they have been taken on film with apps like VSCO when you can just shoot on film? Ok, I understand that it isn’t for everyone, after all, shooting digital is so easy, right? There’s your problem right there, it's easy!
Ever since I started shooting film about 12 months ago I have learnt so much more than shooting on digital. I have learnt to slow down, think about the image and what I want to portray within that image, and take time to compose the image. Granted, it’s an old-fashioned format, but film is readily available and not too expensive to get processed.
I really love the feel you get with film, the colours, the grain and whole look of the image is amazing!
Above, Taken at a construction site in Canary Wharf
Above, Brighton's tower block on the seafront
I shoot with a Pentax K1000 mainly, I also shoot with a Mamiya M645 which is a medium format camera, the results from the Mamiya are truly stunning and out-do some of today's modern cameras.
Raw, Gritty and uncut.
Above, The Tube.
The Journal is a new addition to my site where I post analog images from my adventures. The page is updated more frequently with images that aren't curated with current works. You can view the Journal at www.jamiedench.com/journal.
Since shooting analog I have had work featured in the Cashama Gallery, New York in June, 2016. In 2017, I plan to publish a limited edition magazine-style portfolio of my analog work. This is likely to be limited to a run of 20 copies.
Keep up to date with my work at www.jamiedench.com
Thank you for reading.
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