I was introduced to photography by my father, a GP, who was very keen - within the limitations of the time. He and my uncle (his brother in law) were always competing to have the latest gadgets. His interests covered everything from family to architecture to still life. He had a darkroom in the attic, although it was used mainly when he discovered the techniques of bromoil and transfer. This was probably Visual Art, though I didn’t ‘get it’ at the time.
I was encouraged to take pictures from the age of about eight with an assortment of borrowed kit. I still have many of them, though sadly my keen interest in trains - all steam then, of course - vastly outstripped my inadequate photographic ability.
Dad gave me my first ‘real’ camera, an early Pentax Spotmatic, to take on a trip to the US in 1970. It stood me in good stead for many years, despite an early fall at the Grand Canyon! At the time I was while reading Chemistry at Queen Mary College, London.
My other keen interest at the time was amateur radio, encouraged by my physics master at school. This led me to apply for a studio manager traineeship with the BBC but took me away from photography until I was lucky enough to get a 2-year posting to the BBC Relay Station in Singapore. Once there I was fascinated by the culture, sights and traditions and soon procured a Canon A-1 - tax-free of course, and this rekindled my interest, which has continued to this day.
In my early BBC days I became friendly with a young German, one Andreas Klatt. Though our paths through the years have been different we never lost touch and thus in about 2013 I discovered the delights of the Rollright Group.
My main area of photographic interest has always been Travel. In over 40 years with the BBC World Service I was lucky enough to visit many countries and always took a camera. I also took advantage of my employer’s parsimony when the cheapest airfare involved staying Saturday night although most work had ended on Friday.
Egged on by some of my RPS friends, I have recently gained my LRPS. The finer points of photographic technique are still to be learnt but in retirement - and in the company of like-minded photographers - I intend to have fun learning.