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.
At first I could only ‘ape’ my heroes – Brandt, Ray-Jones and Cartier-Bresson. But as time passed and my composition and darkroom skills improved, I have developed my own style.
My craft is people photography. I’m (mostly) on the streets looking around for the unusual... the quirky. The scene needs to work in monochrome... and the more graphic the better. I have to shoot quickly so I rarely manage more than one film frame of an image.
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!
Under Tracks will be my fifth solo exhibition.
Ted Kinsey lives in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, in the banlieue of London.