A year at 50mm

2 Photographers / 12 Months / 24 Photos

As it has for everyone, 2020 has changed life for us in a number of ways - bringing a premature end to a number of projects and changing the way that we live and work massively. But it hasn't been entirely negative (excuse the pun), it has given us the time to grow, adapt, start new projects and finally get our studio set up.

While sorting out old files for the move to our new studio & office, we came across a collection of images taken by Julian with his first proper camera (SLR), the Pentax ME. This camera was purchased second hand while Julian was a student living in Nottingham. Unable to afford any additional lenses, he only had the 50mm lens that came with the camera.

Looking back, a few decades later, at the photos from numerous mountaineering expeditions, climbing trips, sessions with musicians, friends and just life in general at that time, it was refreshing to see that the images are good and have stood the test of time well.

This got us talking about all the kit, camera bodies, lenses, flashguns, lighting, reflectors etc. that we take on shoots today. Compared to the early days with just one camera and just a basic 50mm lens.

We know that the months to come are going to be just as unusual as those that have passed - but for an entirely different reason. We are hopeful that 2021 will see the reuniting of friends & families, the re-opening of businesses and gentle return to life outside of our homes. We wanted a way to document this, to keep an everlasting record of the good times ahead. A couple of drinks later the Year at 50mm project was born.

With this project, we are trying to capture the spirit and emotion of 2021 using reportage photography, going back to basics with just a simple set up, one 50mm lens and nothing else.

We might even take a real trip to the past and dig out the Pentax ME, some rolls of film and the darkroom kit for one of the month.

To keep us on our toes during this project, we have decided to go into direct competition with each other and we would like you to be the judge! Each month we will be publishing 2 images, we would like to ask you to vote for your favourite. The winning image will become the representative photo of that month.

We hope you enjoy this project and we would love for you to be a part of it - when it is safe enough for that to happen.

For more information, please feel free to email us.

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