Photography played an important part in my working life as a graphic designer: either buying it, commissioning it or setting up and art-directing shoots. But I was a frustrated photographer then – it was never my own work.
So in 2005, I took out my trusty old 35mm Nikon FE (purchased in 1979) and started taking photographs seriously. I set myself the same parameters that I still hold dear today: that I would only shoot on film, only in black and white, and that all my images would include a human content.
Photographically, I’m (mostly) on the streets looking around for the unusual… the quirky but, of course, I always include the human element. The scene needs to work in monochrome… and the more graphic the better. Nothing is guaranteed until I see the processed negatives and as I’m using film and printing in a darkroom, I cannot rely on ‘digitally re-arranging’ it all afterwards using Photoshop!
After initially produced candid shots taken on the streets, I now concentrate on large projects. My first three projects have all resulted in exhibitions.... in 2011 CityShapes with over 20 images, and in 2014 Under Glass – The Passages of Paris. For Under Glass, I was extremely fortunate to have an exhibition in central Paris for a month showing nearly 40 photographs.
My most recent project, Under Tracks, a Celebration of the London's Railway Arches, was shown at The Underdog Gallery in London Bridge in June 2017. Here I displayed 96 framed photographs. To promote the show, I was lucky enough to have a 25 minute prime-time interview on The Jo Good Show on BBC Radio London. The entire Under Tracks collection (some 250 images) have been preserved, in perpetuity, in the History of London Archive at The Bishopsgate Library in the City of London.
Ted Kinsey lives in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, near London.