1. How did your interest in photography begin?
I like to think I have always been drawn to creativity of all kinds. Whether it be drawing, painting, wood carving.. photography was another medium I wanted to have a go at!
It started with a camera I got for Christmas when I was 11. I used it alot and I continued with various cameras through School, my Grandad would set me photography challenges and tasks and we would have mini competitions! I went on to study Photography at College, using an old film camera we found in the loft. I enjoyed learning how to develop film in a dark room but struggled with it during College. Only when I bought my own DSLR and really started playing around with it did it develop and flourish.
2. What genres of photography are you more interested in?
Personally I love to take pictures of nature, landscapes, travel photography, some architectural/landscape scenes. However I love to view other peoples work, particularly street photography or black and white portraiture. These are areas I would really like to improve on and gain confidence in.
3. What has been the highlight of your photographic journey?
To be honest, joining this club. I started the club, knowing I loved to take pictures but feeling out of my depth when it came to the technical side of photography. Since I joined the club in early 2018 I feel my knowledge around the subject has improved more than I could have ever imagined. I have learnt without it feeling like I am learning. I can now speak confidently about my camera, lenses and the manual setting and understand what others are saying to me when they speak about their own camera or photographs. Which I couldn't before and although I still have so much to learn, I can honestly say this club has done wonders!
4. Who has been an inspiration to you in your photography?
Well I love Ansel Adams photographs and there are some amateur photographers that I follow through social media who inspire me. But honestly every speaker we have at the club and every member of the club inspires me. I see their work and I think of how I might create something of my own and through seeing others work at the club I have learnt how to critique my own work better now too. I may take the photo, but then using light room I can improve and just push myself that bit further creatively.
5. What are your aspirations for the future?
I want to continue improving my confidence with my camera. Although I now know the basics of the manual mode, like with driving, I am looking forward to practising more so that it can become second nature and I don't have to think about the shot quite as much as I do at the moment! I want to push myself out of my comfort zone a little bit, practising portrait photography and street photography are the next genres I would like to tackle. I feel like photography helps me to see more, I like to be outdoors in nature, but when my camera is with me, I am always looking for those little details, I feel the camera helps me to slow down, enjoy my surroundings and all those little details of life and nature that often get missed in the busy hustle and bustle of every day life.