My name is Hamish Gill, I have a wife and two children and live in Worcester in the UK. Over the past decade, I have spent a large percentage of my time making a living out of photography. After having an interest in photography as a child and throughout my teens, I eventually landed a job as a retail assistant in a camera shop in my early 20’s. I enjoyed the job a great deal and learned a lot about photography whilst I was there – I also learned that I wanted to work for myself. In 2007 I set myself up as a professional commercial and wedding photographer, then in 2008, I joined forces with a local website designer and graphic designer to form the creative agency F8 Creates Ltd, which officially incorporated in 2009.
F8 Creates has grown year on year, now employing 6 people as well as providing regular work to a whole host of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Birmingham based subcontractors. We have long attributed our success to a positive attitude toward collaboration. With collaboration at the core of our business ethics, we decided to form The Kiln, Worcester’s first coworking space, which I run alongside my business partner Greg.
F8 is now running smoothly with Greg largely at the helm, as such, during my day to day working life I largely work as a photographer and video director. I work in this capacity largely under the banner of F8, but sometimes work as part of Shoot Rewind, an F8-owned collaborative project with local photographer James Greenoff.
Outside of my day job 35mmc is one of the things that keeps me the busiest – after launching the first few posts back in 2013, it is now one of the largest film photography focused websites in the world. This has given me the opportunity to work with brands such as Kodak, Ilford, Leica and Zeiss as well as many smaller companies within the film photography and wider photography industries.
I am also responsible for bringing pixl-latr into the world – a product designed to aid in the process of digitising film photography with a digital camera. Finally, via the shop attached to 35mmc, I import and retail photographic lenses and some second-hand photography equipment.
The day job(s)
Co-Director of F8 Creates Ltd
A creative agency based in Worcester, UK. We Specialise in visual identity
Co-Founder of The Kiln
Creating an enthusiastic, collaborative community supporting creative, craft and tech small businesses and startups in Worcester
Through this project, I tell stories using traditional film cameras combined with contemporary films and shooting methods
Writing and blogging
I write and publish one of the more prominent blogs about film photography – largely about 35mm compact cameras, rangefinders and lenses:
Content I’ve written for other websites:
The Ilford Photo ‘Expert Series’ – ‘Zone Focusing’
The Ilford Photo blog – ‘The problem of buttons and why I love a film camera…‘
Emulsive – ‘I am Hamish Gill and this is why I shoot film‘
Lomography – ‘LomoAmigo Hamish Gill on Shooting with the Jupiter 3+ Lens‘
Lomography – ‘Wide and Architectural with Hamish Gill and the New Russar+ Lens‘
Japan Camera Hunter – ‘In your bag no. 587 & 1378‘
Canny Cameras – ‘Hidden Bargains of the Second-Hand Camera Market‘
StreetHunters.net – ‘7 Tips for the Reluctant Street Photographer‘
Studio: 01905 675179 (9-5 mon-fri)
Mobile: 07742 639315
Shrub Hill Industrial Estate,