Old-school snaps: the photographer capturing Britain with a 130-year-old camera

Simon Williams began using the 130-year-old device after growing tired of the “technology race” for more pixels and sharper images.

His bellows camera helps make landmarks, places and objects near his home in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset appear as if they were still in the Victorian era.

The former science teacher decided to go back to basics and uses chemicals to create vintage photographs on glass plates.

The strict time constraints associated with the medium prompted him to convert the back of his RV into a mobile darkroom.

Simon says, “I love making images that have a story, mysteries where not everything is pixel by pixel clear.

“I like taking lifelike photos – not the synthetic, hyper-real fakeness of ads and over-processed Instagram images.

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Vandyke Brown Print by Chapel Allerton Windmill

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“I can spend three hours taking four pictures, one of which is usable.

“The process of producing an image from a film negative to a cyanotype print involves about 50 separate operations from start to finish.

“This can go wrong in so many ways – but that’s the challenge.”

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(Simon Williams/SWNS)

(Simon Williams/SWNS)

He added: “I like to use old film and glass plates as they bring imperfections to the picture.

“It can convey more honestly that life isn’t perfect, but it can still be beautiful and interesting and have a good story to tell.”


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