Since my early teens, I have been fascinated with taking pictures. Up until my mid thirties, this was mostly a hobby. Shooting interesting things, places and, of course, family. My preference for subjects remained closely in the realm of nature. Animals, birds and landscapes.
Around that time, I was convinced to join a local Camera Club and realized how much I still had to learn. Some of the senior members were shooting images I’d only seen in nature magazines and they were extremely approachable and quite happy to share their tips and techniques. These were the days when you developed film for slides and very little modification to the image could be done.
As with most, when family comes along, (in my case FOUR of them) time for hobbies can become limited and shooting ends up being ‘re-routed’ to family and vacation pics. Luckily for me, my youngest took to the camera at an early age. When she acquired her first ‘real’ camera and displayed how well she could shoot, I coaxed her to join another local Camera Club. Of course, I joined as well and that re-ignited my passion for shooting.
Digital photography had now become the norm and provided some new interesting challenges for me. While learning the new technical advances now available, I also began to push myself to some new subjects such as architecture and aircraft.
Recently, I have merged in my other hobby, woodworking, to create all my frames myself. So, now I find myself building rustic frames, cutting my own matts, and assembling everything around my photographs. I will also happily frame other people’s pictures and art.