Welcome - Christopher Wheeler Photography


'Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst'

Henri Cartier-Bresson

He has a point. It‘s akin to the saying ‘practice makes perfect’, but without the same absurd level of optimism. I chose the heading not to offer any particular guarantee for the content of this site but as a realistic assessment of my first 10,000 photographs.

I've been clicking a shutter since being given a Brownie 127. It got me interested. I foolishly believed at the time (and at various points since) that a better camera will a better photographer make. I began saving coins in a glass jar, which when full led to a Halina Paulette Electric. My £12 spent, I waited for the silver halide crystals of my films to arrange themselves as 35mm miracles of light and shade. Needless to say, it did not quite turn out that way; but there was one near-miracle. I entered a photographic competition and won a two-week cruise around the Mediterranean. Since I was only 14, my family had to buy some tickets, too. Was it all a marketing ploy?

My first truly ‘serious’ camera was an East German Praktica. I used it for years, and learnt to develop and print black-&-white film. Then a hiatus, decades’ long, when I didn’t really do much. It took the arrival of digital cameras to rouse me from my  torpor and begin looking through a viewfinder again.  Most types of photography interest me, but the bulk of my shots are of landscape, architecture, and townscape.

Feel free to make contact about the photographs on this site, using the link on the menu bar. If you wish to order prints, please click the button that accompanies each photograph in the Image Galleries.

For those who are interested in such things, the photographs shown here were taken with a variety of cameras: Pentax K5; Nikon D810; Nikon Z7; Fuji X100T; and Pentax Spotmatic F. The technicalities of exposure, focal length, and suchlike are (where available) revealed by clicking the (i) symbol accompanying each photograph in the galleries; variables that at the time may have seemed equally significant to the photographer, such as temperature and wind chill, are left to the imagination.

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