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.
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!
I initially produced candid shots taken on the streets but I now concentrate on projects. My first two projects both 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. I'm currently working on my third project, Under Tracks, celebrating the Railway Arches in London.
Ted Kinsey lives in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, near London.