While the photography interest has always been there – Mark Keohane bought his first SLR in 1981 (and still has it and uses it) – it wasn’t until 2011 that Mark started to get serious and hooked on the habit of buying more and more equipment and getting out of bed ridiculously early on a Sunday morning to go and shoot stuff.
Mark spent some time working in London and it was here that his interest in street photography took root. Without making a conscious decision to ‘do street photography’ he started carrying a camera with him on his half-hour walk between Waterloo and the office and taking pictures as he went. Shooting initially with an expanding selection of digital equipment he eventually dug his original Pentax ME Super out from under the bed, where it had been resting for about 25 years, blew the dust off it, had it serviced, bought a new lens, replaced the batteries, loaded a roll of HP5 and pressed it back into use, thus revitalising his relationship with 35mm film.
The ME Super accompanied Mark last year, along with two eBay Nikon F3s and a big box of film, on a 5,000-mile street photography expedition around the largely empty Australian outback.
Mark will talk about his experiences with street photography and, hopefully, share some interesting insight into this genre.