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.
My interest in photography began back in the days of film cameras and dark rooms.
My interest then was mostly photographing people and although this is still a major part of what I photograph,
I am now more interested in producing creative images and the use of Photoshop is now a major part of what I do.
“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 am interested in how we as photographers can modify time and space by choosing when to press the shutter button and choosing what to include in the frame to reveal candid moments in public places that we often ordinarily overlook. Searching for and anticipating these moments on the street have become a real addiction.
"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."
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 started taking photographs when I moved to Swindon in 2017.
I am still trying to find my style but enjoy experimenting. I moved from using a Canon to an Olympus EM1 Mk 1 in 2019.
I passed the Certificate in Digital Photography in 2019 in conjuntion with the Open University and the Royal Photographic Society.
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.
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.