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Top yacht designers pick their favourite piece of design

Top yacht designers pick their favourite piece of design

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Olympus OM-1n camera

Words by Mark Tucker, founder of Design Unlimited

As a poverty-stricken art student, I paid silly money, borrowed from my dad, to get my hands on the Olympus OM-1n. It was my absolute dream purchase.

I loved everything about this single lens reflex camera, and still do. It had everything: the looks, the textured finish, the perfect weight, the right balance in my hands and ergonomic functional controls. And the Leica lenses were interchangeable, making it extremely flexible. It felt so good to use – and use it I did, extensively.

But how photography has changed 30 years on. Then it was all about looking through the lens, playing with the aperture, exposure, shutter speed and making a deeply considered decision as to whether it was the right shot to take or not. Developing the film in a dark room and seeing the image so caringly captured come to life was pure alchemy. Now luxury smartphones, throwaway shots and Photoshop editing have changed this art form in its entirety.

I’m no Luddite, but there was a certain romance associated with “real” photography. There’s a feeling evoked using the old methods that cannot be captured with the latest technology. It’s the understanding of the space around you; making something that elicits a unique feeling in the viewer, both of which I have tried to harness during my many years of yacht design. And the ease of use of the OM-1n, with all its innovative features, is something else that’s reflected in our studio’s design process.

Earlier this year, I vowed to put my old OM-1n to good use. It took two months just to track down the batteries – from the US. Now it’s time to set up the dark room once again.

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