Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 8:39 PM
Andrew Fildes

I've finally got the 'reading room' organised. It's not large - basically a nook with room for me but it's a nice place to sit and leaf through photo magazines from the last sixty years, including recent stuff.

Strangely, the basics haven't changed much and you can mine ideas from features in old film dedicated mags, even if you are digitally inclined. After all, most of the cute features in your new digi-SLR are designed to mimic what people used to do in film.

There's also a range of 'how to' books - yes, chapters on film development are outdated but the sections on such things as composition, subject matter and so on never change! Most of the new and expensive books are merely updates on the old ones, as are most articles in next months magazine! (I know - I used to write for the Mags!)

Finally, there are some high grade monographs from famous and not so famous photogs. I grab as many as I can, where I can. 

It's about ideas and history - you'll never be a good photography if you don't know what and where images came from and are going next. I can't make you a coffee but we can get one brought in. Get in there, kick back and recharge your creative batteries!

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