Similar to the music, I’ve had a keen interest in photography since an early age. The first camera I can remember owning was an absolute beauty and would be a real collectors item now – a Kodak Junior 1 Bellows. After that a succession of “Instamatics” followed. Cameras seemed to hold a certain fascination with me and I loved every one of them.
However, I didn’t get my first SLR until my mid-teens, the good old Russian classic, a Zenit E. I began learning the fundamentals of photography – Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO rating, etc. and how these affected the end result. An unsuccessful upgrade to a Zenit TTL (frustratingly stiff shutter release) shortly followed up with another 35mm classic, the Canon AE-1. This was a beauty and I became a Canon devotee right up until the digital age. A tentative introduction to digital photography began with a couple of Fujifilm bridge cameras. However, in 2006, I acquired my first full-blown digital SLR – the revolutionary Nikon D200. It’s gone full tilt from there and I currently own a Nikon D800 and an Olympus OM-D E-M5. A range of good glass for both systems and lots of accessories completes the kit bag.
I like to see photography as a form of art and, for me, it’s very much a two stage process – taking the photograph then creating the image I had in my mind’s eye by virtue of the “digital darkroom”. Some would call it cheating, I call it “being creative”. One thing’s for sure, the advent of digital photography and computer technology has allowed us more freedom of visual expression than ever before.
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” … Ansel Adams
I have recently decided to leave a 20 year career in IT behind to focus (excuse the pun) on developing a new career as a Professional Freelance Photographer. Just like Music and Travel, it’s in my blood and I can’t think of a better way to see out my working life doing something I love doing and will help me become even better at a hobby I’ve enjoyed for 40 years.