ABOUT IAN ARTHUR
I left school in 1975 with a head full of dreams, but none of them related to photography. I tried 'this' and 'that', and in 1977 ended up joining the Royal Navy as an Marine Engineer. I started taking pictures wherever I visited and got hooked on it, then a few years later I found out there were photographers in the Navy. This sounded like a good 'jolly' to me, so after passing an interview and completing a 12 month course - in 1983 I became a Royal Navy Photographer. I was a photographer for quite a few years, then one day my sea-time was over and because I wasn't really trained for anything else, I became a full-time commercial and social photographer. And I am still working as a photographer today...
I take pictures on a daily basis. Of people, things and places all around Scotland. For quite a few years I didn't take many pictures for myself, as I was always busy producing pictures for other people, but recently I've been taking pictures for myself again. I learnt my trade with film and used film until the late 90's when I started using digital cameras and photoshop. I stopped using film altogether in 2006, but film was always a part of me. I grew up with it, so that's where I wanted to start.
I built a darkroom and started taking pictures using film cameras - an old Nikon and a Voigtlander 35mm. Then I got my old Hasselblad out of retirement, plus a few other cameras and started shooting more film. Then I bought a pinhole camera, an old 5x4inch technical camera and then a 10x8 inch sheet film camera - and at that point I realised I was back into taking pictures for myself again.
Every positive has a negative though, and I've found that shooting film takes up a lot of my time. Some days my time seems to be at a premium, so recently I started taking pictures for myself using the digital format, using the cameras I use for work. The Leica M240 or the Fuji XPRO. Its quicker and easier.
When I feel "inspired" enough to take some pictures I will use digital or film depending on my frame of mind. If I shoot on film, then I will develop the negatives and scan them into photoshop using a flatbed scanner. The only things I adjust in photoshop are the contrast, the tonal range, and of course, to take away any dust spots or blemishes. That's the same for the digital images, as I only keep my editing to the most basic and minimum. You won't see any work related images here, and you definitely won't see any images that have been photoshopped to within an inch of their lives to produce something false or fabricated.
This website is going to be an ongoing project and I intend to add to it each time I shoot pictures for myself, either daily, weekly or monthly, or whenever I get the time.