In your bag No: 336 – Colin Templeton


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 336, Colin Templeton
Todays bag looks fantastic. Check out that beaten and battered old Domke bag, that has definitely seen some action over its lifetime. Come and read more about Colin’s bag.

Hello to Bellamy and everyone who follows him,

My name is Colin Templeton, and I’m a photographer based in Glasgow, in the UK. I have a staff job on the national newspapers The Herald/Sunday Herald, and also the Glasgow Evening Times.

I love my job – it takes me to all sorts of places and I get to meet and photograph a wide range of people.

However, in my own time, I’m just as passionate about documenting  everyday life. For this, I use my own kit, rather than the Canon outfit I’m provided with at work.

I’ve been a big fan of Leica rangefinders for many years, and still have my trusty M6 classic – the camera that started it all off for me, back in the mid-nineties. I traded in my Nikon F2as Photomic for this 1985 machine, and have never looked back. The camera has never missed a beat, and I feel utterly ‘plugged in’ when I use it. It simply disappears, allowing me to concentrate on the subject (not the camera). Favourite film for the M6 is, predictably, Tri-X.

New to me is the Leica M Monochrom. I’m very excited about this camera, and feel as though I’ve barely scratched the surface of its potential.

Lenses are: 28mm Summicron ASPH, 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE, 50mm Summilux ASPH, and a 1969 vintage 90mm Tele-Elmarit version 1. This last lens, considering its age, is capable of astonishing results.

I also carry a Holga 120GCFN, for the occasional dreamy analogue-style shot.

All of this, along with some B&W coloured filters, and a chamois to keep things dry, can fit neatly into my 20-year-old Domke F3 bag, although I don’t usually carry all of it at the same time.

If you wish to see some of my work, I’m on

Best wishes,

Thanks for sharing your awesome bag with us Colin, there is something a bit special about those beaten up old Domke bags.
Check out Colins 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.


6 comments on “In your bag No: 336 – Colin Templeton”

    Jukka Watanen November 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm / Reply

    Absolutely great images, Colin. All the best for your career!

    Mark Wylie November 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm / Reply

    Lovely kit. I have seen your work on the Leica Mastershots section of the LFi website . Being that you are a professional photographer, I can see why you have a great eye for shots! I can’t quite remember if it was your red road shots in the black and white photography magazine that inspired me to join blipfoto, but if so thanks!

    Martin November 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm / Reply

    Nice bag! Great to see another Monochrom in action. Very good B/W photography. Really like those contrasty images!
    Martin ( )

    Carbish November 20, 2012 at 7:58 am / Reply

    Great bag indeed, quite interesting to see a Monochrom, a M6 and this Holga all together. Even the picture turns to the black and white, apart from these striking color filters / dots :)
    Since I’m in the UK now, I’m gonna try to track your work, some shots on your gallery really caught my eye.

    jonas November 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm / Reply

    just seeing the bag first made me think it was a HDR shot :D

    nice kit!

    Toby Madrigal October 12, 2014 at 3:28 am / Reply

    Your choice of lenses for your M6/Monochrom Mark you out as a ‘classic’ rangefinder shooter. I think it’s fantastic that Leica lenses fit and work on the earliest M3 double stroke from 1954 to the recently-announced MA film camera as well as the ‘digitals.’ I’ve not gone down that route. Like you, I like film Leicas.
    A legacy enabled me to buy a pair of M4-P bodies and a MD2. All from 1980.
    I use a 25/4 VC, 50/2 M, and a 90/4 M on the M-4Ps and a 21/3.4 M on the MD2 with external finder. My 21 is the second version, the latest fifth version is again f3.4! The MD2-21+finder is awesome in cities and mountainous regions alike.
    The M4-Ps are carried in a black Billingham Hadley bag with a Gossen Lunalite.

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