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Riley Joseph

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Riley Joseph. I take photographs. I have a strong affinity for bygone eras. I think I would rather a Ford Model T than a hoverboard (Which are coming in 2015 so says Back to the Future).

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What makes a gentleman?

To me, the main characteristic of a gentleman is doing the right thing. Whether that is throwing garbage in a garbage can or holding the door open for others it comes down to doing good. Additionally, and this is optional to be a gentleman but doesn’t hurt, reviving some gentlemanly arts. Shaving with a straight edge razor and shooting & developing my own film are two that I enjoy.

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How did you get into photography?

The first spark was in the 90s. My parents gave me a film SLR with a few lenses, tripod, filters, flash for Christmas. I was terrible and mostly had the camera in auto mode but I still loved it. Then in 2004 I lived in Northern Alberta working for the federal government. The only really pastime up there was getting black-out drunk, partaking in hard drugs and/or snowmobiling. None of which I was interested in. I bought a cheap Digital SLR. I filled my spare time just photographing everything and anything. And that is where it really started for me.

When did you have your first camera in hand? Can you still remember the moment and the feeling?

I remember as a kid if I was going somewhere or doing something my Mom would always have a disposable 35mm camera for me to use. I also remember using a Kodak 110 camera with the cute little film cartridges. My thoughts of photography I had then still stand true for me today. And that is the awesomeness of being able to preserve a moment in time that will never happen again.

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What is your typical shooting gear?

My digital kit, which I use mostly for commissioned photo projects, is a Fujifilm X-T1 w/ 14mm, 23mm, 35mm lenses. It is a nice compact package that gives me the results I want. My use of Fuji gear in 2013 was noticed by Billy of the Fuji Guys and I was invited to be a Fuji “X-Photographer” which has been great for me.

Digital is nice and fine but for me, film is where my heart is. Earlier this year I wanted to go back to shooting film. Some day it might not be around (although I feel it is back on the rise currently) and I wanted to be a part of it. I am now the owner of a Rolleiflex 3.5F TLR camera for medium format and a Leica M3 for 35mm. It was important for me to have two classic cameras that are fully mechanical that I can pass down eventually.
Like I mentioned earlier I develop my colour film in my kitchen and scan it myself.

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What type of photography do you like the most?

I think this is something that is always changing for me. I like taking interesting photos of interesting places and interesting people in those places. My aesthetic alternates between urban and nature settings. I think both have a lot of beauty.

How much time do you spend for photography in a week?

It really varies. If I am working on a job it can be 60 hours a week dedicated to photography. If I am shooting for myself it is can be from a few minutes a day taking a snap with my iPhone or it could be a few dozen hours shooting, developing & scanning film. All of which I love to do.

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What means photography to you?

I know it is fairly cliche for a photographer to quote a great like Henri Cartier-Bresson, but I will anyways..
“Photographers deal in things with are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”

This is photography to me.

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Riley Joseph

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