Interview With Doug Chinnery

Unlike many landscape photographers, Doug Chinnery isn’t a fan of image sharpness or pre-visualisation. But then, he’s also reluctant to call himself a photographer. Doug sees things differently to most, which makes him such an interesting man to meet

During your formative years growing up in the UK, did you have a keen interest in photography?

I got my first camera when I was 7 or 8. I was given by my grandma and granddad one of those brown Bakelite Kodak cameras that everybody calls a Brownie. I’ve still got it, the old 127. I happily snapped away and thoroughly enjoyed it while my father fumed at the cost of film and processing! It wasn’t until I was about 11 or 12 my stepfather gave me a Russian Lubitel twin lens reflex camera which took 120 roll film and he taught me about apertures, shutter speeds, ASA, the exposure triangle, and it all just clicked in my head and I realised I could create a picture.

What sort of subjects were you drawn to then?

In those days I did a lot of cycling, a lot of walking, I was camping and backpacking and did a lot of long distance footpath walking. So, I was mainly recording journeys, recording holidays and days out.

You have said that your career in photography didn’t really start “until digital came along”. Can you give me some insight about how that happened?

After the Rollei, I moved to 35mm with an Olympus OM-10, and then my wife bought me a really nice Canon 35mm in the early years of our marriage and, by that time, I was taking photography a bit more seriously, but it was still ...

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