Mike Dickman, 1970
Through my journalistic past darkly.... Mike Dickman, 1970. Photo © Giles Hugo 2019. Mike is a musician supreme and noted translator of Tibetan Buddhist texts into English and French. This photo session and rap with friend and blues/folkie Mike got me my first P1 by-lined pic and interview while I was an intern/cub-reporter/cadet for three months on The Cape Times at the end of my first year as a Bachelor of Journalism student at Rhodes U. Mike was one of the headliners for a folk/blues/rock festival that the Times was promoting. Thanks to the break, I also got to cover the whole Battle of the Bands series of gigs that led up to the festival... at which it rained perpetually. Got me hooked on unposed performance images. Scan is a reconstruction from a very distressed contact sheet frame [24x36mm] — after the rat of a pix editor jumped ship with a load of photographers' 35mm negs, including mine. Gear: Miranda Sensorex, Miranda 50mm f1.8, Tri-X at ASA 400. Full-frame with original neg black hairline border — part of the then ethos of showing nothing had been cropped. Sepia tinting to emphasise the last century aspect of the image.
Giles Hugo is a photographer, writer and journalist who first wielded a 35mm camera with intent in late 1968 in his native South Africa.
Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.