England


Stuart Ord

Stuart Ord


I am a 65-yr-old semi-retired chemical engineer. I live in Cheshire in the north west of England. I have been a photographer of sorts for a long time since being loaned a Voigtlander by my Aunt when I was about 12. I was hooked and started reading everything, and saved all my money until I was able to buy a Zenit 3M SLR when I was 14. I got a Saturday job in a camera shop when I was 16 to get a 2x tele converter and a Weston Master V. I took mainly colour slides and monochrome. My wife bought me a Krokus enlarger and I had a mono and slide darkroom in our loft.

By my 40s I got tired with carting around a heavy case. Most of that time I was only doing record photography. Interest dwindled and I sold up. I started to get interested again in my mid-50s as digital cameras became practicable. As my interest grew, so did my spending, but remembering that heavy bag I ended up with an Olympus micro 4/3 system, which I think is brilliant. I have an OM1 mk2, an OM5 mk2, and am always juggling my family of lenses to get the optimum lightweight outfit for my interests - which is most things. I belong to 2 local camera clubs, in Wrexham and Whitchurch. I cannot specialise in any one branch of photography, they are all so interesting! But monochrome does have a special interest to me.

I use Serif Affinity Photo for most photo editing. I am a strong believer in a book I read in my teens which said something like, "If colour is important to your image, use colour; otherwise use monochrome". I think that mono should enhance an image, so strong form and/or texture are needed. I like monos to have all shades of grey from 0 to 255, but that is easier said than done!