I’m usually taking pictures because I’ve gone somewhere, rather than going somewhere to take pictures. Thus most are not taken with the best setup, but attempting to get the best in the situation available, usually in a very short timescale.
“I first used a camera in 1969, using a Zeiss Ikon Ikonta camera which took 21/4-inch slides/prints. For much of my life I have been a “tourist photographer”. My main focus is to improve my technique and creativity, whilst augmenting my interest in historical and derelict buildings or sites. I also love Landscape and Macro Photography (particularly photographing flowers and fungi) and look to develop my skills further in these areas”.
I have enjoyed photography for around thirty years, trying many genres through this time but monochrome being my passion.
The images I have chosen here hold fond memories of the places they were taken and also the story the picture tells
"Like many I have been taking snaps for years but seeing a friend post some fantastic images on Facebook got me thinking that I would like to produce interesting images too. Joining SPS in 2016 has helped enormously and I am now hooked on trying to improve my photography, of course the more I learn the more I realise there is more to do: but what a journey!"
As a scuba diver for >35 years, I have long had an interest in underwater photography, joining underwater photography clubs years before joining a general one. I also have a keen interest in wildlife photography around the word, followed by travel photography and I would like to improve my limited abilities in capturing landscapes.
"I was a keen but not very accomplished enthusiast back in the day of film and slides,then due to other interests the lure began to wane. The advent of digital cameras has rekindled my interest and has led me to joining the Swindon Photographic Society, which is enabling me to improve my skills."
Ever since I remember I was fascinated by the world of Photography and a few years back when I visited Cuba, I could feel my passion was growing even more having chance to explore indefinable magic of tranquil beauty. I could see myself traveling around the world and exploring it thorough my eyes; joining SPS gave me perspective and guidance how to become better photographer.
Photography for me is an absorbing art form, once smitten you capture the now forever.
My images are processed using computer programmes thus exercising my mind and creativity skills for the enjoyment of myself in the process and hopefully the enjoyment of others who gaze upon my images.
My interest in photography started while experimenting with a lightshow and psychedelic effects in the late 1960s. I am still experimenting, as with photography there is always something to learn, something new, a surprise around the corner.
I like to find things and situations that interest me, I follow threads allowing my ideas to develop over time; and in recent years I have become fascinated by the shapes, forms and patterns on the trunks, branches and bark of trees. On long car journeys, when not driving, I explore the effects of movement on the surrounding landscape and traffic: I believe that technology in photography is an essential servant but a bad master.
I have enjoyed being a member of SPS since 1987 and 30 years later I can still finding something new.
Colour Infra Red photography has led me onto an uncertain path and that is why photography is so exciting: a challenge around every corner.
I joined SPS after receiving a Minolta XGM for my Birthday and I wanted to learn the controls and use a darkroom, since then I have made friends and enjoyed many group outings photographing Landscape, Architecture, Portraits, Still life and Weddings.
The one common denominator is that there must be good light! Except the Weddings when it always rains.
Photography has become a passion and intrical part of my life. When photographing, suddenly you notice light, shapes, colours, textures, people, buildings, trees, flowers…Everything around you looks different when you start to see the world through a lens. The way you see it is unique so photography allows you to share this perspective with others.
It is a passion that you can share, with new directions and new challenges to explore. I find photography a wonderful story-telling medium which can reflect every emotion, from happiness to sadness, fear and excitement. Photography is capable of bending reality through the use of time lapse, HDR shots and light painting, just much as it records a brief moment in time.
I was given my first camera when I was 8 years old and even at that age I looked at things differently and poked into corners or through openings to see what was there. My photographs are what I see, there, in that moment.
As a young boy my dad kindled my interest in photography by teaching me how to develop contact prints in the cellar. My fascination with photography continued but mostly my photography has recorded my travels, and events with friends and family, however last year I joined SPS to encourage me to improve the quality and variety of my work - a good move!
I have been enjoying photography since my University days of some 40 years ago, with subjects usually being landscape, nature, and aircraft, the last of these generally being at the RIAT at Fairford.
After being diagnosed with CFS/ME nearly 18 months ago I have exchanged my Canon gear for much lighter Olympus micro 4/3 rd's, after finding the equivalent of holding a baby in my arms all day to be quite a strain, which is prompting a look at less physically fatiguing alternative subjects, such as macro, star trails, and astrophotography, after some excellent talks this past season.
I became interested in photography in 1999 as a tool to provide source material to manipulate on the computer, but have now moved to the opposite extreme in trying to capture the image almost completely in camera, that said, there is still post processing and the occasional ‘adjustment’ to be made. I refer to myself as a competition photographer because I find showing my images in this way becomes a driver to get out and look for something new each year, and it’s no longer about winning but more the simple pleasure of creating an image that I’m proud to share.