My name is Richard PJ Lambert and I'm from Birmingham, England.
I think of photography as being akin to music. Growing up listening to bands like Pavement and Beck, I found myself singing along to the surreal lyrics and creating my own meanings. Whilst the words seemed weird and oblique, they could still be affecting - inviting you into their own self contained worlds
I’m interested in pictures that work the same way, that maybe ask more questions than they answer. I take a camera everywhere, so when strange things happen in everyday life I take a picture. I find the unusual beautiful. Collecting moments like this, snapshots can work like non sequiturs, leaving connections to be deciphered by the viewer.
I use film because the mechanics of making a picture are transparent and easy to understand. I don’t think choice of medium can determine the quality of a photograph, but for me the analogue process feels more spontaneous, creative and fun. I couldn’t get the same results without it.
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For our readers who enjoy experimenting with alternative processes - or have always wanted to - Richard PJ Lambert provides a detailed and specific guide to how to create cyanotypes.
Walking through Pripyat’s empty streets and abandoned buildings is one of the more surreal experiences I’ve had. In the silence there is a powerful sense of emptiness and loss, like exploring a localised apocalypse.
I subscribe to the adage ‘the best camera is the one you have with you. Now, for nearly everyone that would be a smart phone but this a community based around film, and we are not nearly everyone. The camera I always have is my Yashica T4, and this review will explain how it suits the way I see things and why you might want to give it a try.