Mike in the mirror

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

My main interests are travel, architecture and capturing the smaller details around this city and beyond, including Essex where I was born and grew up, and London where I previously lived. I’m very fond of low light photography and the power of monochrome.

My primary camera is the Fuji X-E1, which is 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. It’s been an experience getting to grips with it and comes out only on rare occasions.

A new addition is an Olympus-35 EC, a nifty little point and shoot film camera manufactured at the start of the 1970s.

I also have a Photo Shop where you can acquire my work as greetings cards, framed prints and other items. Visit this page for further information.

Enjoy the stories and ideas that go with my photographs. I look forward to hearing from you. Please follow this link to find my contact details.

97 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, Thank you for stopping by my corner of the web and following my blog! I really enjoyed exploring your site and look forward to seeing more posts in the future.


  2. Thanks for the follow, Mike. It’s taken me a few days to make contact, but I got there in the end! Your shots of colour and water are quite beautiful. Everywhere I go I can learn and see something new.


  3. 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!


    • 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!


      • ..i was gonna say..about some russian cameras…the first film i tried in my zenit e got stuck and to get it out i had to open the back of the camera, thereby ruining the film! i’d be careful when winding the film on and winding it back for removal from the camera…you also need to make sure you follow a set sequence when taking a shot…cant remember how it goes…but its about setting the shutter speed before winding on to the next frame or something….good luck!


  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.


  5. low light photography, huh? Pretty cool. You have to be really good at it though to get a good picture. *looking for LLpictures on your blog


  6. 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. :)


    • 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.


  7. Hi Mike- Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you are inspired. I am enjoying your images- you have a terrific eye– will look forward to seeing more.


    • 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.


  8. 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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