Inspiration Flows

I’ve received some inspiration from a couple of sources this week. Firstly it was the 50th Anniversary of the launch of the Olympus OM 1, a hugely innovative camera that inspired much love and devotion. It would be 10 years after its introduction that I would get my own and it propelled me into a life long love affair with Olympus cameras and lenses. The anniversary sent me looking back through my photo archives for images made with it and I decided to write a blog about it.

My second source of inspiration for this blog entry comes from a blog I’ve been following for a while – coronet66. Every Thursday he puts up photos he’s taken of doors. Now I’ve got to admit a certain fondness for taking pictures of doors and gates. So I thought I’d put up a few pictures of doors I’ve taken with my OM1.


This was taken in Amsterdam in January 1986. I remember precisely as I was on honeymoon. I was intrigued at the sheer number of doorbells. Olympus OM1n with Sigma 28mm f2.8 lens using Agfachrome CT400.


Friends of mine used to live in this cottage on the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. Olympus OM1n with Olympus 35-105 lens using Fujichrome RP50 which was the precursor to Velvia.


The Bull Dog Cafe in Amsterdam. January 1986.


Carmelite Nunnery in Palma, Majorca. Originally taken on Fujichrome RP50 but converted to black and white in AlienSkin Exposure 4.


An old abandoned Venetian style house boarded up. Santorini.


Hanuman Dhoka is a complex of structures with the Royal Palace of the Malla kings and also of the Shah dynasty in the Durbar Square of central Kathmandu, Nepal.