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ePHOTOzine Chat With Photographer James Harold - We ask James about his love for portraits, travel and his Olympus kits.

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James Harold is a successful travel and portrait photographer who, according to his website, 'loves to create, capture and share.' He's also a big fan of Olympus kit, shooting primarily with the OM-D EM-5 and EPL-3.

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Photo © James Harold

You could say James' fondness for Olympus cameras began to materialise when he was a child thanks to his father owning Olympus kit:  "I still have fond childhood memories shooting with my fathers Olympus cameras and I know I will look back at this stage of my life and have many happy memories shooting with the OM-D," explains James.

James, who made the switch to Micro Four Thirds technology back in 2012, says the OM-D was and still is the 'first mirrorless camera that has a unique blend of functionality, quality and charm.' Plus, thanks to the camera's compact shape, it's ideal for street photography: "Due to its size, I find people are far more willing and relaxed which enables you to capture unique moments," says James. "The OM-D feels right at home out on the streets and with the optional grips and leather cases, you are able to create the feel you want."

James Harold Photo
Photo © James Harold

A liking for Olympus kit wasn't the only thing that James discovered he had a passion for at a young age as it was at this time that he realised he loved to travel and immerse himself in local culture: "I found myself fascinated with the architecture, people and life in the places I visited and I personally feel when you have a passion for a subject and you shoot from your heart, you are able to produce your best work."

James Harold Photo
Photo © James Harold

Among James' collection of images you'll find various styles of portraiture, the majority of which have been shot with Olympus gear. In fact, James has written a couple of blogs on using the OM-D in the studio, which can be found here.

"The OM-D's EVF (electronic view finder)  is such an amazing creative tool and when you couple this with the awesome prime lenses that Olympus has produced you have a killer portrait camera," says James.

James Harold Portrait
Photo © James Harold

James' OM-D will be put to the test again later this year on a couple of location portrait shoots in the UK as well as in a Mediterranean country. Plus, James already has four other overseas trips planned.

For more information and to see more of James Harold's work, visit his website. You can also keep up-to-date with all of James' latest activities and adventures over on his blog

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