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Brian Lloyd Duckett (UK)

Brian Lloyd Duckett (‘Duck’ to his friends) is a documentary, travel and street photographer and he runs the London-based StreetSnappers and TravelSnappers workshop businesses. He is also a partner in a commercial photography business, shooting for corporate annual reports, advertising campaigns and other marketing collateral. But his real passion has always been for street photography.

Brian’s interest in photography started at school where he had access to a darkroom, the encouragement of a great art teacher (thank you, Mr Freear) and a firm belief that ‘the guy with the camera’ would be more attractive to girls. His first published newspaper picture, at the age of 15, was of a dead dog in a litter bin.

Brian runs street and travel photography workshops around the UK and in European cities such as Lisbon, Venice and Prague – with other cities to follow. He runs workshops for small groups and also one-to-one workshops and mentoring programmes. He teaches as a Visiting Lecturer on photography degree courses and is a lecturer and judge at camera clubs across the UK.

His first book, ‘Mastering Street Photography’, has become a best seller and the follow-up – ’52 Assignments: Street Photography’ – is hot on its heels (both published by Ammonite Press). He also writes for blogs and for travel and photography magazines.

Outside of photography, Brian’s passions for tennis and sailing almost compensate for his love of all things Italian – not least the food and the wine.

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My first experience of a Fujifilm camera came when I was covering a riot for a news agency. Things were getting out of hand and I could feel myself becoming a target with huge and expensive cameras and lenses around my neck. When I put all that gear back in the bag and started shooting with my new FUJIFILM X10 it was liberating; I had become anonymous, blending into the background and shooting unobtrusively. That moment brought the realisation that Fujifilm had started something very good and I went on to use the X100 series, from the original X100 to my current favourite camera, the X100F. For travel and street photography I use the X100F, X-E3 and X-Pro2, my go-to lenses being the 23mmF1.4 and the 56mmF1.2. For my commercial work I love the X-H1 (the in-body stabilisation is amazing) and the X-T2. If I’m shooting portraits for commercial or editorial use, that 56mm lens is better than anything I had used previously. Making the switch from DSLR to mirrorless wasn’t easy at first – but it was more of a mental block than anything practical and, once overcome, was a game-changer. When I’m traveling, the little X-E3 is perfect: I can get the camera and 3-4 lenses into a small shoulder bag whereas previously everything would have needed to be carried in a large backpack. Most of the time, however, the X100F is my go-to camera: it just feels ‘right’ in my hands and I can use it intuitively, almost without thinking.

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