Cameraman Jacket from Nigel Cabourn

The Whole Picture

I had another think about our photographer reader who was looking for advice on cameras. Do you know, I say I should add a coat to complete the picture. Nigel Cabourn is producing the perfect coat for taking winter shots of country churches and trees covered in snow, and close-ups of winter berries covered in ice (but I'm hoping our reader will be a bit more creative with their photography).

The Cameraman Converse Special Army Green jacket is based on the coat worn by Cuthbert Wilfrid Francis Noyce, explorer and mountaineer, who was a member and photographer on Colonel John Hunt's expedition that led to the first ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing. Incredible to think that the news broke on the morning of the Queen's coronation — talk about a good omen.

Thoroughly British

The coat is made from a hybrid waxed Harris tweed, created in collaboration with leading waxed fabric specialists Halley Stevensons of Dundee, Scotland.  Halley Stevensons are 'world's leading waxed fabric specialists and have been creating waxed cotton fabrics and canvas at their Baltic Works plant since 1864'. On the upper part or the coat, inside and out, are layers of waterproof Lancashire Ventile. Nigel has really been around the British Isles to gather the material for this coat, which is made in England to boot.

The coat is fastened using fireman clips and corozo buttons. Warm and secure for the photographer-at-large, it also has lots of pockets to keep filters and cleaning kits and all kinds photographic paraphernalia to hand.

I'd be tempted to wear a shirt and tie under this coat, as with Cuthbert in the photo above.


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