In your bag No: 1634 – Andrew Basford

Andrew hauls his dual Oly classics in a bag with traditional flare.
The 25th January is ‘Burns Night’, a mainly Scottish celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns (1759-1796) and like many people I’ll be celebrating with a traditional feast of haggis, neeps (mashed swede) and tatties (mashed potatoes).
I’ll fess up here… I’m a Sassenach (Englishman) but incredibly fond of all things Scottish and (in the absence of anyone else willing to do it) I’ll be reciting the traditional ‘Address to a Haggis’ at a Burns supper at a wonderful local eatery ‘Nourish at No.44’ (
I’ve been a photographer of sorts for over thirty years, starting out with a Zenit TTL 35mm SLR and then a beautiful Olympus OM-1N… After parting with the original OM-1N in my early twenties I was thrilled when a friend (Hi Rachel!) found me a replacement a couple of years ago in a charity shop for the princely sum of £40.
I’m on a bit of an Olympus kick at the moment and will be packing my Sporran (a pouch that forms a traditional part of Scottish Highland dress) with two Olympus compact cameras.
For digital shots there’s the underrated Stylus XZ-10, a 12 megapixel model that shoots RAW files (seen here on a tiny Manfrotto pocket support).
For film shots there’s another charity shop find… the legendary Mju II (picked up a couple of years ago for £1.99! Try doing that today!) At the moment it’s loaded with Ilford HP5+ but I do also load it with Kodak Portra 400 from time to time.
The indeterminate lumps in front of the XZ-10 are Irn Bru tablet, another Scottish ‘delicacy’. It’s a type of sugary fudge with a vague flavour of that most Scottish of beverages, Irn Bru.
The Dunfermline Athletic hat is included in shot as it’s a wee bit nippy here at the moment.
I have a blog that features my photos (which encompass pretty much everything that passes in front of my lens) at and can also be found on Instagram as serial_snapper42.
Regards, Andy Basford

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