Paul Smith – photographer based in Medellín, Colombia

My first camera was given to me at the age of 10 by my then best friend’s dad, who was a psychiatrist who specialised in cocaine addiction in Northampton’s private mental hospital, St. Andrews. The camera was a Brownie Twin made of bakelite which used 120 roll film. Back then, I never really imagined that photography would be a thread that would run through my life: I was set upon becoming a professional footballer and had even secured a place on the bench of my school football team, which was undoubtedly the first step on a meritorious rise to success and adulation. I never did play a game for the school team…

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