Picture this: A group of gathered friends or family. Imagine them wherever you like: at home, a coffee-shop, out hiking – whatever. Do you have the image? See the guy in the group with the camera? That’s me! I’ve been a photographer for over 15 years. Hobbies have come and gone; but my photography has always survived life’s changes! The camera is my tool, my diary, and my compass.

In today’s world, it seems that everything has been said and done. There is always someone out there who has done it ‘better’ than you. But photography turns this idea upside-down. It’s a record of how you see your world. Of who you are. Life has taught me that there will always be somebody who finds your unique world-view interesting.

My workflow: Most of my photographs are made with a Fujifilm X100 in ‘RAW’ mode (the file format that saves everything the camera sees); or my trusty old Canon 30D DSLR. I also love to shoot film, and enjoy using a vintage Canon QL17 'Canonet', mechanical 35mm film rangefinder, and a Yashika Mat-124G Twin-lens reflex. For editing, I use a Macintosh computer and Adobe Lightroom to prepare the photo for printing. As for the subjects? I really think that they choose me!

My course through life has been largely determined by circumstance. Adrift, I’m searching for meaning through the lens of a camera, and I’m taking you with me! Thank you so much for taking an interest in my work.

Stephen Nigl