To some, photography is their living, to some it is a hobby, to some it is why their phone exists but for me, it is a healthy obsession.
Way back, I remember seeing a steam engine graveyard in South Wales and thinking how exciting it would be to explore and photograph the rusting relics. A summer job gave me my hard earned cash to purchase my first real camera, an Olympus OM1 with a 50mm lens. I loved it but it was tough - I had little photography knowledge and had to learn it all from books and magazines.
I had many failures with film and hated the delay of waiting for the prints to be processed - frustration! I tied developing my own - a messy and interesting process but I continued to learn. My passion faded though, because I lacked knowledge and wasn’t improving. Time moved on.
Digital technology changed my world. Suddenly the delay of waiting for prints disappeared - all was there instantly. I taught myself more about exposure and the effects of light. I learnt to love landscapes and cities - and made technology work for me.
Now, through hard work and the encouragement of others, I feel confident enough to show my work - my passion. Landscapes, travel and cities excite me and capturing new images from everything I see makes me want more. I learn from other photographers who are more skilled and accomplished knowing they can help me improve.
My photography mantra - never stop learning and never stop capturing the moment