I have always loved photography and I took photos at every stage of my life as it unfolded, my teenage years, my young adult years, when the children came along, their milestones, my families and friends, holidays, birthdays, weddings and Christmases. I have actual photo albums full of these years and events, catalogued and in chronological order. Then along came digital… the photos were no longer printed out and put into albums, the occasional photo of a special event would get printed, framed and displayed, but the actual timeline of my life has huge gaps. Like everyone else who used digital cameras in the early days, photos were stored on the memory cards themselves, sometimes transferred to a computer, computers crashed or were upgraded, and photos were lost. Photos have also been stored on CD/DVD’s (those small round shiny discs for those that are not as old as me) which no-one looks at and in more recent years on USB’s.
A while ago I was given a Nikon DSLR camera as a gift from my lovely husband – I was so excited! I have always only ever used the camera on auto as I didn’t understand or know how to use any of the other settings. After becoming frustrated with my oh so ordinary photo’s, I decided to learn how to use my camera properly. Reading the manual was not enough, so I did a diploma course with the Photography Institute and haven’t looked back. I learned so much and now when I look back at my earlier work I try not to be too hard on myself (and I used to think they were great!). Of course, I don’t know everything, I am still learning myself … and I still make mistakes, plenty of them. Photography to me is a continuous learning journey of which I am happy to share, you can read my blog where I share my process, my successes and yes, my failures.
I love taking photos of animals, people and places. I try to make my photographs interesting and draw attention to minute details.
PS. Today of course I am more organised, and all my photos are on a dedicated external hard drive, in separate files for events and filed in chronological order, of course!