Charles Binns is a self taught English photographer born and raised in Buckinghamshire and who now lives in Hertfordshire in the South East of England. Charles' three passions are travel, landscapes and film photography and he combines the three whenever possible. In fact he has photographed over 60 countries since he took up photography in the early 1990s. He has been particularly influenced by the landscape painters of the nineteenth century and admires the work of some of the earliest photographers such as Frank Hurley, Camille Silvy and Martin Chambi. Much of Charles' work is shot using Holga cameras. the Holga is a simple plastic camera made in China. It was first produced during the rule of Deng Xiaoping as a means of allowing Chinese workers to have access to a cheap and easy to use camera. Largely ignored by it's intended market, the Holga found its way into the hands of fine art photographers who appreciated the dream like effects of its simple lens and its simplicity. When combined with infra red film, the Holga can be used to photograph landscapes with an ethereal, other worldly feel where our perception of reality is altered in subtle ways.
Black and white images are printed as Kallitypes. The Kallitype is a nineteenth century photographic process based on the use of silver and ferric salts producing an image which, once exposed, is toned with platinum and palladium salts to produce an image with rich, warm tonality unmatched by modern digital printing processes.