Portraits by Chris Turner – Featured in UNCERTAIN Magazine Issue #3 – WOMAN
I’m not really a photographer, I’m a filmmaker. I make music videos, commercials and short films, but throughout my career I’ve always loved taking pictures. However, about a year ago I began feeling frustrated that these images only ever ended up on hard drives or – at best – my website. I also realised that I took hundreds of images digitally, thinking I’d edit them later, yet hardly ever found the time to do so.
So I made a decision to return to film to remind myself of the core elements of photography, limit my output in the hope of getting more considered, worthwhile images, and in doing so discovered a love for the peculiarities of the rangefinder camera.
I’ve found working with film again strangely therapeutic. As a freelancer my workload goes through constant peaks and troughs, and having a camera with me – and waiting to get my films back – fills in the gaps.
My job has introduced me to lots of interesting people, most of which are kind enough to allow me to take the odd snap of them in downtime. My end results are a little hit and miss. Film, and rangefinder cameras, have an element of unpredictability. But that’s what I love about it.