In your bag No: 1332 – Andy Cowman


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In your bag No: 1332, Andy Cowman
Andy has a very classy bag for us today. Not only has it got a cracking camera inside, but other delights too. I am of course talking about chocolate snack bars. Though the hip flask looks promising too…

My name’s Andy and I live in the uk.

I’ve discovered your fantastic site back in September so I’m a newbie to JCH, but I check the site every day now so I hope I’m making up for it!

I’ve been into photography as a hobby for quite a few years. The last two or three of which I’ve been using fuji’s x-e1 followed by the x-e2 and a couple of the excellent fuji lenses.

I think it’s a fantastic system but back in September I decided I wanted to return to 35mm photography mainly as I wanted to have some actual tangible negatives as opposed to digital files stored on a computer, and also I was kind of getting bored of the use of photoshop/critical sharpness/digital look and feel to my photography.

So I sold some guitar pedals (my other hobby) and bought the last brand new voigtlander bessa r4m in the uk along with the 35mm f1.4 nokton.

I’m hoping to add the 21mm f4 lens to the setup next year when I get some pennies saves.

I’ve always fancied one of the voigtlander bessa rangefinders and figured it would be a good system to run alongside my fuji setup.

I’m exceptionally pleased with it, and have just received a Patterson film processing kit as a Xmas present with the ultimate aim of turning our cellar into a darkroom next year.

Anyway… I thought I would submit a couple of pics of my 35mm bag setup to your great site, hopefully it’s of interest to your readers.

The bag itself is a billingham hadley small in sage/chocolate then:

Voigtlander bessa r4m with 35mm f1.4 nokton and luigi leicatime deluxe strap attached.

Gossen lunasix f

Swig hip flask with Harris tweed cover and a lovely 15yr old single malt inside

Filofax mini leather notebook

Cereal bar

Leatherman carbon skeleton

Japan camera hunter film container with hp5 and tri-x inside.

Thankyou so much for the great work you do on the site! It’s very much appreciated!

Happy new year to all!


Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Andy. I wish you had shared some links too. What’s in the flask? Highland? Speyside?
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9 comments on “In your bag No: 1332 – Andy Cowman”

    AHC McDonald January 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm / Reply

    No photos?

    Dan Castelli January 27, 2016 at 8:59 pm / Reply

    Hi Andy,

    I want to nominate your bag for “Bag of the Year” [ hint, hint Bellamy!] one the sole basis of the 15 year old s/malt.


    Clinton January 28, 2016 at 1:57 am / Reply

    Love the bag, I always have my Bessa R4M and my Bessa R2 (I got first) in my bags. You will enjoy the 21mm f4 if you get it. Love that the frame lines are there and ready to use. Been thinking about the 35mm that you have. Love the actual bag, really like green.

    Foster January 28, 2016 at 5:14 am / Reply

    Very nice bag, I’m also very curious about the identity of the single malt!

    Zeno January 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm / Reply

    Stunning bag, inside and outside!

    Andy cowman January 30, 2016 at 3:38 am / Reply

    Ha ha sounds like I’m in the company of some fellow whiskey lovers on this fine site!!

    Thankyou all for the kind words it’s much appreciated!!
    The whiskey is a glenlivet 15yr old french oak reserve
    It’s a lovely and smooth speyside single malt. Highly recommended!!!
    Apologies for the lack of links in my article, tbh I don’t have much of an online presence for displaying my photography although I’ve just opened an instagram account so I’ll get some scans uploaded and share the link.
    Thanks again for the kind words and for featuring my bag Bellamy
    All the best to one and all!

    Martin Grier January 31, 2016 at 1:58 am / Reply

    Nice bag! I’m gonna start taking my flask with me, I have a few single malts on the go.

    Andy cowman February 2, 2016 at 3:41 am / Reply

    It’s a sound plan but I find the photography gets more “abstract” the longer the flasks out haha!

    Dan Castelli February 3, 2016 at 11:30 am / Reply

    @Andy & Martin,
    The longer the flask is out, the more I appreciate artistically blurred images :-)

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