35mm Fun: Daniel Broadley

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When it comes to storytelling, it’s not surprising that many artists tend to use a variety of formats – a film director might turn to photographer and a writer might also make music. Bristol-based Daniel Broadley is a great example of a multi-disciplinary artist; as well as taking beautiful 35mm photographs he also directs music videos and creates music. We caught up with Daniel to see some more of his work and learn about his approach to creativity.

Hi. Tell us a little about yourself - where are you from, where are you based and what do you do outside of photography?     

My name is Daniel, I am a 27 year old filmmaker and musician from Bristol, UK. My time is usually spent directing music videos or touring with my band 'Meadowlark', but whenever I get a spare moment you'll find me with a Pentax in front of my face.

When did you begin shooting, what made you start and what has driven you to continue?

I only started taking 35mm photos about three years ago when my girlfriend bought me a Canon AE-1 for my birthday. I think I'd told myself that I already had too much going on and had no time for another creative hobby, which I now realise was stupid. Photography has broadened my understanding of composure and storytelling by tenfold, it's also encouraged me to go out and explore more. Film has a wonderful way of retaining all the feelings that are present during the moment a photograph is taken.

What do you shoot on?

I swap between a Pentax Spotmatic F and a Canon AE-1. Both were the first cameras I ever owned, bought for me by my other half (who runs 35mmers blog) and started my obsession in film photography.

Over what span of time were these photos taken? What makes them stand out from your other shots?

All of these photos were taken over the past three years of me owning my two cameras, some shots were taken right near the beginning and some are only a few months old. It's been hard whittling my photos down, I love photography for so many different reasons, I have no specific goal when I shoot and therefore all the shots often come out in different styles. I guess I've chosen 7 that represent what I love about film photography.

How do you think your work is affected by sharing it online?

I don't think I would be as enthusiastic about sharing my photos without Instagram - it's been an amazing way to have an interactive portfolio. I receive so much positive feedback from people who stumble across my work. There is no better feeling than sharing your art.

Film has a wonderful way of retaining all the feelings that are present during the moment a photograph is taken.

What do you look for when you’re taking a photo? Are you more concerned with the composition or evoking a certain feeling?

I travel a lot with my girlfriend, so naturally she becomes the subject in almost all my photos unless I'm shooting landscape, but I much prefer to have a subject in my shots. My pictures are more like memories, the thought goes solely into composition because the feeling in the shot already exists, the narrative is usually us exploring a new place, the camera then becomes a tool to accentuate all the great things about that place.

Is there anyone you’d like to shout out?

My girlfriend Claire Latchem (aka Superfex), she inspires me daily with her endless imagination and creativity, without her I wouldn't be here talking to you. Joshua Halling is another person who played a big part in my photography journey, he has a wonderful creative ethic that allows him to just jump in at the deep in with everything he takes on, his film photography still continues to blow me away.

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