William Broadhurst

Where are you from/based now?

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I've been here my whole life.

What is your background in Photography? What got you started?

I started about 3-4 years ago after I got injured pretty badly playing sport. I needed something else to keep me busy while i was recovering so I found an old SLR (minolta srt101) at a thrift/second hand store and went from there. I started taking photos of places around where I live and at school during gaps in classes. I didn't enjoy school overly so it was a nice escape. I shot everything in black and white there because that was how I saw the place.

What equipment do you use?

Primarily Mamiya RZ67 pro ii, Mamiya 7, Fuji GA645 and an Olympus Stylus Epic for the more spontaneous kind of stuff on roadtrips etc.

What are your feelings on Film Vs Digital?

I think it has become quite a silly and outdated question. They obviously both have their pros and cons and I think it's just up to the photographer and what he/ she chooses, just how a painter may elect to use oils over watercolours. I've always sworn by film, not just for it's aesthetic appeal but because I feel most confident shooting that way. I personally feel a little let down and dissatisfied when I look at images on the back of a digital camera, and I feel i'd struggle to compete with the amount of great digital work that's around. For the moment i'm sticking to what's comfortable and pleasurable.

Do you have a creative process? Are your shots planned or spontaneous?

No not really, i always beat myself up over the fact that I struggle to foresee and create a conceptual series. Instead I feel that I wonder around aimlessly shooting anything that takes my fancy. The photos really depend on things like holidays I happen to go on or cars I come across while riding my bike at night etc etc. Of course there's times where i come across nothing and it's hard. I just bought a Mamiya 7 so looking to shoot some different material just for a change and to see what comes of it.

Who or what inspires you?

Photos i'm yet to take. Also the process of looking back on all the images I've taken when I'm an old man.

Is there a particular photographer, site, set of images or a photo book that you keep coming back to for inspiration?

I've found Tumblr a really good place for inspiration of late. There's a pretty healthy photographic movement going on where there's just loads of good stuff all around the world to feed your brain with. I find it gets a bit to much at times with the amount of talent there, but it opens you up in regards to trying your hand at new things and in approaching the familiar from a new angle. In particular these sites: and Also the art of the Australian Painter Jeffrey Smart, give him a google.

Are you working on a project at the moment?

No, not at the moment. I'm just continuing to hunt and gather. Planning to head to the US this year with my girlfriend and explore the world a bit, and to see what kind of photos come out of it. Hopefully they'll be ok.


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