In 2010, I was challenged to go out and take photos as I did not have a camera, more specifically a DSLR. I was given one to use and to see how I got on. Since then for me, it has been a steep learning curve and I am continuously developing my skills and understanding of camera craft.
I don't have a specific genre that I stick to, mainly it is the challenge of trying something new and to think outside the box into creating a different look. Photography is for me looking at the world in a different way. It has taken me on a journey into different challenges where I have achieved qualifications in which the skill set is different. I have met people from all walks of life where I have shared a love of photography with and have encourage them to progress further.
I am definitely a photography newbie, to date I have not achieved any formal qualification in photography but I have a passion to learn. As my family and friends will confirm, I have always enjoyed taking “pictures” and I remember when I first purchased a 2MP digital camera, the ability to take and instantly review a picture was mind blowing.
However it wasn’t until 2013 that I purchased my first DSLR, my intention was to learn the art of “photography” but work and family commitments limited the time I could spend with my camera. When I retired in 2017 one of my objectives was to finally develop my photographic skills, as an engineer by profession my photographic road has been a difficult one. Whilst I am able to grasp the technical elements of photography the creative element of looking at the world and composing a picture in my mind has and continues to be the biggest challenge.
Ansell Adams, a photographer who inspires me, talks about the picture inside his head and how photography enabled him to translate that picture from his head to paper. I have no specific photographic genre just the overwhelming desire to first see the picture inside my head and then be able to translate that picture to a digital image.
My ambition is to learn from all the great photographers that exist inside and outside of the RPS and hopefully within the next five years achieve my LRPS.
I have been a member of Huddersfield Photo Imaging Club for over 10 years and I have been successful in gaining various photographic accreditations which have included LRPS which set me on my journey. I am in the process of putting together my A panel which at present eludes me.