Filmneverdie Shooters - An interview with Stuart Murdoch

where do you come from & what do you do for a living?
Where II am from is the eternal question, many artist and thinkers have pondered for many years, me however, I’m from Melbourne.  I am currently teaching to pay the bills so to speak. Fortunately for me, I teach photography so I am a very lucky person. 

How old are you?
I'm old enough to have watched the first moon landing on agreeing black and white tv n my primary school library and young enough to still enjoy the weird things the internet throws out!

How did you become inspired to shoot on film?
When I started there was only film, it was the late 1980s. At the time there was one guy in my Uni class who was using a Mac to make images. It wasn't long however before I was teaching scanning and Photoshop.

What format do you shoot? 35mm, Polaroid, 8 x 10 etc
I use 35mm colour, and 120 and 5x4 black and white and colour. I have a couple of small Polaroids lying around, but the film is  so expensive that I rarely use them. 

Why do you like this format?
Each format has its own advantages. 35mm for travel photography and other chance encounters. Medium format and black and white because I have been working on a couple of projects since College that I want to keep working on, and a bit of colour here and there when the light is right, usually in spring and autumn. 

Where do you see the future of analogue photography?
I see film shooting as continuing for a long time, especially black and white as this is the easier of the two to manufacture. I hope to see analogue print materials last a long time too but the skill and effort required makes this the harder aspect of the craft continue with out specialised spaces


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