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Tim Batterham

Hi Tim, tell us something about yourself.
I’m Tim. I spend some days as an Advertising art director, some days surfing, some days taking photos and some days at home hanging out with my girlfriend and doggo on Australia’s Coal Coast just south of Sydney.

Why did you choose analog photography?
Simply, I shoot for fun and I enjoy the process more than digital. I’m not a digital vs. film kind of person – I say shoot what works for you. For me, the process of shooting film helps me actually like some of my own work. I think the time between pressing the shutter and seeing the final image helps me look at it with a fresh set of eyes and appreciate something I shot a little more than if I saw it immediately. I also spend a lot of time in front of a computer where everything is needed immediately for work, so I like to step away from all that.

What do you like to photograph?
I guess I’d call it street photography by the beach…? I like finding interesting moments of people during their daily life on the coast, which probably has something to do with our own lifestyle here in Australia. I also like exploring and taking photos of other cultures. But sometimes I can’t find either of those so I’ll just see what stands out to me wherever I am.

Which cameras and films do you use?
I’ve used a few over the years, but my current go to is my Contax ST for 35mm and Bronica RF645 for 120 – both with Portra 160 or 400.

Do you have a favorite photographer?
Oh man, there’s plenty. He’s probably a popular answer, but Steve McCurry is up there, I love his insights into other cultures. David Alan Harvey, he takes exactly the photos I wish I could take. Alex Prager, the layers and craft in her work is jaw dropping. John Witzig, he’s not a working photographer anymore I don’t think but his photos are an amazing look into surf history.

A photo should…
Grab you.

Website: instagram.com/tim.othy.bee

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