Richard Brittain

Richard Brittain

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This time it’s Richard from the United Kingdom.

When did you find out about the Xpan?

About 2009.

When did you get your Xpan?

I couldn’t afford an Xpan at the time but I saw a Fuji TX-1 for a good price in a shop and checked it out. After doing some research I bought it in 2012.

What attracted you to the Xpan?

I have always been attracted to photography from Eastern Europe and in 2009 I saw a book by the photographer Jens Olaf Lasthein who travelled from the White Sea to the Black Sea with the Widelux. I wasn’t keen on the 140 degree angle but loved the panoramic, wide angle feel. I wanted a camera that could use 35mm as it was more convenient for me and while searching the internet I came across the Fuji TX-1.

What lenses do you have?

I only have the standard 45mm but have tried the 90mm, which I couldn’t get on with. I would love the 30mm but I will have to save up for a while.

What do you like to take photos of with your Xpan?

I like to take photos of people. I have been into street photography for a few years and with digital it’s so much easier to catch that special moment. With the Fuji TX-1 patience is needed but the outcome is so impressive.

What would you like to take photos of with your Xpan?

I am happy doing street photography but I would like to take more landscape shots.

What is your favourite film to use in the Xpan?

I don’t really have a favourite film and am happy with the results from Fujifilm Superia. However, I now live in a city where I can’t really buy/find film. I have been using Fuji ProPlus II 200 which is actually out of date.

What are your three favourite shots that you have taken with your Xpan?

Balance

The first shot is one of my favourites because It shows uniqueness of the Xpan / Fuji TX-1 format. I like the balancing act of the girl.

Double

The second shot was a double exposure mistake but the result is interesting. I would like to do more shots like this.

Pig

The third shot is something that fascinates me about the country I live in, Cambodia. The mix of layers and objects makes this place interesting.

What is your favourite shot that someone else took with an Xpan?

It’s difficult to choose a favourite photographer but I do like Larry Towell’s shots from Afghanistan and Kiev and also Mikhael Subotzky’s shots of inmates in a South African prison.

I love to see people in the panoramic format of the Xpan.

Which photographers inspire you?

Alex Webb for his use of space, light and layers. Bruce Davidson for his amazing book ‘Subway’. Simon Roberts for his amazing book Motherland. There are so many fantastic photographers it’s impossible to answer.

What other cameras do you like to use?

I have a Canon 6D with a 40mm pancake lens – a reliable workhorse and perfect for street photography. Fuji X100 – My first fixed lens camera which helped me learn to compose using my feet.

If Hasselblad made a digital Xpan, would you buy it?

No, The fact that the Xpan / Fuji TX uses film just adds to the uniqueness of it. Also the digital will probably be too expensive.

Where can we see your work?

I don’t have a website anymore so the only place I show my work is on Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/commonsense2013/ or Tumblr: http://richyssupersnaps.tumblr.com/

 

Thanks Richard!

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