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My name is Mike Osborn and I live and work in Manchester. I have taken photographs for most of my life.

I was born and grew up in Essex and lived in London for several years before moving north.

I took time off to concentrate on seeing new places around the globe, making travel photography a huge passion.

My primary camera is the Fuji X-E1, bristling with digital function but has retro styling. I prefer to stay in manual mode and maintain control over my shots.

I also own a vintage Soviet Zenit film camera, which is completely manual, and an Olympus-35 EC, a nifty little point and shoot film camera manufactured at the start of the 1970s.

I also have a shop where you can acquire my work as prints, downloads and other items.

Enjoy my stories, ideas and images. Please get in touch. You can follow this link to my contact details.

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  1. Wow! I’m so amazed that you have a Zenit camera. When I was an art student in Manchester in the 70s most of the students had one of those – not me, I couldn’t afford one☹, but I did get one later when I started teaching😀. It was my first SLR camera. I don’t know what I did with it, I think I gave it to my son, and I was recently thinking of it and trying to remember the name of it. Now you have brought it back to me!! But hey – I don’t miss having to buy all those 35mm films, and having to be so sparing about how many shots I took!

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    • Ah glad to have jogged some memories, Helene! Zenits can be a little beastly and after ripping a finished film I lost all confidence :) And quite expensive to have processed these days. They’re great survivors though with many cameras still with us.

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  2. Hello Mike,

    Thank you so much for stopping by and following my blog :)

    I just stumbled upon your blog here and found it’s quite interesting…

    Let me explore your work on architecture…

    Have a great time :)

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    • Hi Jane, lovely to hear from you and I enjoyed discovering your blog (from the recommendations on my reader). I look forward to keeping track of your work from way across the pond and glad you’ve enjoyed some of what I have to offer here.

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    • Hi Pavlos, great to be following and I really appreciate your comments. I was pleased to find your site, quite by chance. I look forward to seeing more of your work in the coming year and wish you a Happy New Year too.


  3. I really like many of your b&w and your panoramas. I’m looking forward to follow you and see more of your work. So far I like what I have seen in your blog so far. :)

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  4. Mike, Hi again. I stumbled across across a collection of your pictures as I was looking at Flickr and thought to myself … why didn’t I signed up at his site? I enjoy your work so sign up I did. Curious thing is a fellow from my town (Steven Grover), who’s work I was looking for in the first palce, had you as a link on his page.

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  5. hey, mike!
    just love your work on here…makes my shots look like….well…you know what i mean!
    anyway…maybe there is such a thing as synchronicity! i say that cos i too have a couple cameras from the old USSR…one is a zenit e that my mother gave me as a gift when i was 16 yrs old (i still have that and still use it)…and the other one is a zorki (the one that takes leica lenses)…both good cameras and of course, built like tanks! have fun!

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    • Thank you very much! And glad to hear you have a real interest in vintage Soviet cameras. Taking pictures with these fine machines is a whole different ball game. When my first film has finally been processed I’ll share the results, or at least my thoughts on them if it turns out to be a disaster!

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