In your bag No: 979 – Kevin Shelley


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 979, Kevin Shelley
Kevin shares with us the inside of his true blue street photographers bag. Check it out.

My name’s Kevin Shelley, a UK Street Photgrapher of 20 years and I run the Street Photography Blog  Also on Twitter  and Facebook

Featured on Street Photographer Blog, Inspired Eye Magazine and Street Photography Magazine.

My photography mantra is `If I like it, photograph it.` Life’s to short to worry whether your pictures will be accepted by a wider audience. Upload and print what you like and you’ll never be dissapointed.

I develop my own film using Rodinal and in a darkroom I converted from an old chicken shed.

I like to keep the kit simple as I need to be able to lug it around for up to 8 hours at a time. To that end I carry everything in an `M-Classics` messenger style bag. Great quality and very well made but little in the way of padding (like the old Leica Bag it’s modelled on), so I have to put it down carefully.

Cameras and lenses are :-

Fuji X-E1 with XF 35mm f/1.4 lens and `Tap & Dye` leather strap.

Leica M2 with Voigtlander 50mm f/1.5 LTM lens and a cheap leather strap from China. I keep meaning to swap the straps over because I think the M2 deserves the luxury of the Tap & Dye?

A Sekonic L308s light meter.

Rolls of 36 exposure Ilford HP5 and FP4, home rolled.

Silver-plated card holder and `business cards`. Very handy in the UK for when you photograph a building and a policeman thinks you’re a terrorist, or you photograph a woman and she claims you’re a pervert, or when a child walks into shot and the mother says you’re a paedophile.

Spare battery for the Fuji and a portable charger that plugs into the VW camper van I use to visit cities in the UK.

A Wilkinson Cameras lens cleaning cloth, given to me `Free` by the manager as a thank you for buying the X-E1 kit.

Finally an iPhone 5s. Not shown as I took the photograph with it.


Thanks for sharing your bag with us Kevin. Nice to see you gear on the site. And sad to hear that the UK is even worse than when I left.
Check out the links and make sure you come and comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Send me a hi resolution image of the bag (please make sure it is horizontal) and its contents, with some details about yourself and what you shoot. Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.

3 comments on “In your bag No: 979 – Kevin Shelley”

    Thomas Roessler September 2, 2014 at 8:03 pm / Reply

    Sorry Kevin I can’t leave your „photographic mantra” uncommented. Since we have experienced the change from the analogue to a digital era, I’m observing an enormous growth of the quantity of published images. I regret, there is not a parallel growth of quality. Mantras are useful, they can help to reach a higher level of consciousness. The mantra I suggest for each photographer: Think twice, before you post your work .

      Kevin Shelley September 3, 2014 at 1:50 am /

      Hi Thomas and cheers.

      As with life in general, for every way of doing something there’s its opposite?

      Ultimately it’s what works for the individual that prevails.

      Where photography is concerned, do you shoot to please yourself, or to please others? I choose the former.

      Happy shooting,


    Thomas Roessler September 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm / Reply

    Well, I shoot and post to communicate.
    Whether it pleases or not, depends …

    Happy shooting and cheers

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