41……an odd number I know, but at this moment in time its a great number! Why you ask, well it’s because its my next birthday, 41 years of roaming around this planet and the one thing that I know is that for most of those years I have owned a camera of some sort!
So I started out in the world of photography aged 5 by sneaking my Mum and Dad’s Kodak 35mm camera out of the cupboard one afternoon and once firmly ensconsed in my room proceeded to press random buttons and dials until it would fire no more. Thinking Id broken it and fearing the worst I returned it to the cupboard and kept quiet until one day Dad took it out and not remembering what was on the film decided to take it to the chemist to have it developped. This is the 70′s after all and there was no such thing as a digital camera!!!
With a very big knowing smile on his face he showed us the results of my efforts…..yeap you guessed it, ceiling shots, feet shots, the carpet etc etc etc – but I was hooked!
A few years on and I had a 110 camera, followed by a Polaroid – joyous as the photos slid out as soon as you had pushed the button, but the cost of the cartridges soon eroded the thrill of the instant photo! My pocket money simply didnt stretch….a theme that has continued into current day!! Then came my first 35mm camera but soon even that was overtaken by a fully auto loading version, no more struggling with rolls of film which simply wouldnt attach to the spindles!!
To be honest this camera served me well and saw many holidays at home and abroad, until it met an untimely end after being left on the grass one summers afternoon. I decided to water the grass following a few days of heat (rare I know!) and yeap you guessed it the camera got a good soaking! Never to work again.
And so to my first digital camera, a Sony 1 megapixel tiny Cybershot and wow! It was a Christmas present from my parents and they had spent a fair amount on this tiny gadget. What an amazing piece of kit! And there it began, my passion for photography, shot afer shot and any bad images (and there were a few) were quickly despatched by that wonderful invention – the delete button!
Since then I have invested in a bridge camera and then took the plunge and purchased my first DSLR. I still remember the day it arrived in the post, everything stopped whilst I assembled the lens to the body and loaded the batteries. What I didnt consider was the learning curve from compact digital to DSLR and to this day I have so much to learn.
I am however extremely pleased that I purchased a brand that gets very little credit, Pentax. I have attended many courses only to be somewhat discounted or ignored simply because I do not hold in my hands a Canon or a Nikon, not to discredit these giants of the Digital market as I have used them all but some of us choose to go a different way and should not be alienated because of our choices. My Dad has always taught me that its not what you have, its how you use it…and how true.
In short I have had a connection with the camera for as long as I can remember, I am still learning and will continue to for as long as I can hold a camera. I may not be the most technical photographer but I enjoy every minute. My images may not appeal to everyone but they mean something to me, after all beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Like any art form photography is personal to the individual – think of the joy the snapper has in showing you through hundreds of holiday snaps – excited about every one with its own story – whilst you sit and yawn at the repetition!
My blog is part of my learning curve, to discover interest in the everyday, to sharpen up my skills and to share with anyone who is interested.