In your bag 1153, Brandon Dare
You don’t need to have loads of fancy pants gear to be on this site. Brandon shares his student bag, which includes one of the first cameras I ever used. Check it out.

My name is Brandon Dare and I’m a college student in the UK. In mid 2014 I started photography, in between studying philosophy/ethics, media, English language/literature and sociology.

The reason I got into photography was because of my brother, who had just started playing around with using 35mm film – being a hipster I just couldn’t resist giving it a go. As time went on I experimented with different films, cameras and genres of photography. I began to delve into the darkest depths of gear forums and spent days on review sites determining which camera body was better – those of us that have been there and got out know that they are bad places to waste time.
However on the other side of the coin I found hilarious YouTube photography channels like DigitalRevTV and street photography blogs by Eric Kim and this fantastic site! All of this combined with the fact most of the masters shot on film as attributed to my love of shooting film for street photography. The waiting, the pressure of having limited shots and required thought for this type of photography is truly exciting and the feeling of making a good photograph is just fantastic!
That brings me onto my next point. Right now I am working on photo project (more details to come) and from that I have a several rolls of Ilford HP5+ being stockpiled before being sent off for development, so please excuse my lack of good photographs. Anyway, I would be thankful if you would check back every now and then or if you found a slight glimmer of interest in my blog then please share it! It is early days now but more is yet to come!

The Stuff:

Nike SB backpack –  This is the bag I carry to college and use when I got skateboarding. So it has become the place for little bits like film and books etc.

‘Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs’ by Henry Carroll – This is the first photography book I have ever owned and was given as a gift from my brother. It is really a great book, filled with many great pictures from masters of Street Photography and very helpful tips for the beginner photographer – the reason I still look at this book *pause for laughter*

Notebook – Bought from the wonderful shop Poundland. It’s made of paper and has lines on. All that for just £1. Sorted.

Kodak Colorsnap 35 – Got in from a Banardo’s charity shop a couple weeks ago for £8. It looks like it could be fun to use and I am pretty intrigued about the limiting shutter and aperture options. Unfortunately, I’m broke and can’t bear to spend £5 on developing an ‘experimental’ roll of film. One day.

AFZ – Is a pretty obscure camera from what I have found on the internet and I don’t have any good pictures from it yet. From what I have found I can see the F/2.8 lens looks sharp and contrasty. Aside from that, the lack of manual flash override has gotten me into some awkward situations on the streets…

Canon Eos 3000 – A pretty standard film SLR. As my first SLR I have really loved having a lot of control over the camera. It does the job nicely with it’s standard 35-80mm lens on.

Film – Some Ilford HP5+ and some agfa Vista Plus

Earphones – Who doesn’t like music?

my cam

My blog –
Flickr –

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Brandon. I love seeing that AF-Z, my mum had one when I was but a wee JCH.
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