Capitalism can fuck off

Capitalism can fuck off

It is nice to be able to have my Horizont back!

This Soviet camera made in 1969 is a beautiful swing lens machine (sometimes called a turret camera) which makes it possible to shoot in a confined space, such as this demo against Education cuts, without getting wide angle distortion. And, of course, appropriate to use this camera in the context of the subject.

It has been away in Canada, sadly on its own, having its 45 year old foam light seals replaced with new neoprene ones and a general service. In the UK, it is very difficult to find someone willing to take on this job.


Shot inside Battersea Power Station, London, the swing lens can also include a massive angle of allowing, in this case, a whole inside wall to be included and, by tipping the camera, huge curved distortion. The shot at the top of my blog was done (pre-service) on the South Bank in London where, in common with many panoramic cameras, the ability to include more than one story in the shot.

It is about to go on another journey, taking me with it this time, to Tallinn in Estonia, the closest it has been to its country of origin (do cameras feel homesick? – no, they are machines!), to take some pictures there while I am teaching some lighting.

I will add a movie of the swing swinging in a later post. Fantastic 58mm x 24mm negs, people with no idea they are being photographed, and looking nothing like a DSLR.


I am a photographer and photography teacher working in the editorial field and fine art area. I have a range of specialisms including animal and environmental photography, landscape and documentary, and portraiture. I teach in all these areas as well as in both analogue (film) and digital media including darkroom and Photoshop post production. I teach both in colleges and community based projects, but can also offer one-to-one teaching. I wrote the IOS, Android and Amazon Fire app to help calculate fractions of a stop when darkroom printing, follow tab to details. Use the Contact page of my main website to get in touch.

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