In your bag No: 1313 – Andrew McDonald


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In your bag No: 1313, Andrew McDonald
Andrew has been on the site before, with a big old bag full of gear. But this time he is back, and with a touch of class. Not a bag in sight, but a rather fetching jacket. Now, where is my pipe?

Ok, listen. Nobody panic, but I’ve gone bagless. Or more accurately I’ve decided to reduce my camera size so that a jacket (in this case cashmere) can be my bag.
Since starting shooting seriously in 1981, I have never gone point and shoot. I’ve just got a little sick of carrying a bag to be honest. I’ve also gotten a little sick of focusing, but that’s another matter. And why not have a 60 year old silk cravat to flick off the occasional imaginary fleck of dust?

So, although I love my 6×6 Autocord and other beautiful boat anchors, let’s just take a while to walk around with an Olympus XA2 and some 90s Chinese Pentax Espio. I have been pulling back all the complexity in my shooting, going back to the most basic. This was recently rewarded by being a finalist in one of Australia’s most prestigious photo awards (Bowness) with a pinhole shot.

And the point and shoots – with a death match between rodinal and tri-x,  -are producing some interesting results.

I have moved my best work to my own website now, and I’m pleased that some of my favourites are from 1983 and some from this year. I think I’m still doing some good work.

But I still put some day to day stuff (often shot on the phone, which is the only digital I do these days) of interest on Flickr.

AHC McDonald (Andrew)

Thanks for coming back to us, Andrew. That is certainly a classy affair. I like your style. The modern gentleman and his discreet film camera.
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6 comments on “In your bag No: 1313 – Andrew McDonald”

    matso December 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm / Reply

    Nice, I really dig your style, great website!

    Hilde Heyvaert December 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm / Reply

    I have a Pentax Espio as well, I do quite like it but I find that the flash can be a bit too bright. Mine is the 120 so not the same one exactly. Do you have that with yours too Andrew?

    AHC McDonald December 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm / Reply


    AHC McDonald December 17, 2015 at 3:29 pm / Reply

    Hi Hilde. Thanks. The way I work, it doesn’t matter to me if things are a little off, too bright, too soft, too grainy, too whatever. the anomalies are what I like about film – and the unexpected is for me perhaps the only real advantage film still has over digital. The unexpected technical quirk combined with strong composition is what I like to do. If the flash blows out, as long as the composition is strong, it can be better (sometimes) than perfect exposure. After so many years, composition is the only thing that I still find crucially important to shooting.

    I’m not a big zoom fan, so i could do without that on the espio. But you’d have to talk to a differnt kind of photographer to critique the flash.

    iGlad December 23, 2015 at 9:40 pm / Reply

    Did someone say Pentax Espio? such a great point & shoot camera range and its got some hidden gems like the 120mi, 145, 170SL and the 928 are just to name a few. I love the jacket!!

    Gonçalo December 30, 2015 at 9:08 am / Reply

    Nice style, after all it’s the final result that matters.

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