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I really enjoy seeing modern art (though that doesn't mean I like it all!) and I try to combine this interest with my photography. I shoot almost exclusively outdoors, concentrating mainly on landscapes and cityscapes. I draw particular satisfaction from creating pleasing abstract and impressionist representations of the landscape.
I grew up in Fife, lived in London for far too many years and now live on the Wirral coast where I am lucky enough to look out over the ever changing scenes of the Dee estuary and the hills of North Wales.
Out of an interest in technology rather than photography, I bought a 1MP Konica Q-M100 in 1997. In the pre-smart phone era people loved to see their picture on the tiny screen so that is where I started (and yes at 1MP all the diagonals were staircases). Photography was an occasional weekend hobby for many years until I discovered landscape photography some 10 years ago and I haven’t taken a people picture since. I loved being outdoors, loved the slower pace and the sense of total immersion in the landscape when shooting. I think they call it mindfulness these days!
I currently live in North Dorset, but my favourite place to shoot is Scotland so I may be living at the wrong end of this island!
My early steps into photography as a boy were encouraged by my grandfather who had a 1940's 35mm camera. He let me use his camera and I wandered around talking photos. The viewfinder inverted the images both horizontally and vertically. I was enthralled by the whole process.
However I did not have much confidence in my artistic ability which was not helped when during secondary school years we had to choose between continuing studies in Art or History and I can remember my Art teacher standing over my shoulder and saying “I can see you will be doing History, McIntosh”.
Photography has been in the background all my working life but in the last few years I have been trying to catch up with lost time. At some point I would like to feel that I have proven that teacher wrong - that said, I did enjoy History.
Having been given a Brownie 127 for my 6th birthday, my interest in photography was born. I have maintained that interest on and off for more than 65 years! Initially, of course, it was black and white pictures, but I later switched to colour.
I have always loved Landscape photography and have been fascinated by the challenge of getting an ideal composition that is well-lit and technically well-judged. When digital cameras came along I was a very early adopter.
Hopefully my landscapes skills have developed but my search for the idealised image continues. I suspect my ambitions are unattainable, but there is joy in the search.
I have always enjoyed being outdoors, and always thought that “just being there” was underrated. So there was a natural attraction for me towards landscape photography.
Given my love of colder places, Scotland remains my go-to favourite, with its ever-changing weather conditions and challenges, albeit that it’s some distance from leafy Surrey where I now live. However, with more time for photography, I enjoy spending time getting to know my favourite South Coast locations and their varied sea conditions; and I still get pleasure wandering around London to take in the vibrancy of my original home city.
Many of us seem to blame a parent for starting our interest in photography, and I'm no exception. My father was a part-time wedding photographer and, as a young child, I was fascinated by the developing chemicals and the darkroom hidden under the stairs. However, I struggled with film photography, and if it weren't for the digital revolution, I might have given up and turned to drawing instead. It was only when digital cameras became more widely available that my passion for photography really blossomed. These days, I enjoy all types of photography but especially shooting landscapes as this encourages me to explore the Peak District where I'm lucky to live.
I discovered the RPS just before the pandemic and spent the various lockdowns working towards my LRPS and ARPS. Currently, I manage the RPS Landscape Group’s critique and processing circles.