1. How did your interest in photography begin?
Well it goes back to the start of time when I was about 10 years old, my brother, who was 15, took me to his school where he had the use of a dark room. I was fascinated watching him develop and print his films. I confess that although it held a deep interested and although I have always wanted to, I have never actually developed and printed anything (yet!!)
2. What genres of photography are you more interested in?
I haven't got a clue to be honest. I have waves of interest that might only last a couple of month or so – so I might do landscape and them a couple of months later macro. I don't really have an interest in portraiture which requires more confidence than I possess.
3. What has been the highlight of your photographic journey?
It's always good to have your work recognised and I guess that is where the club comes into it's own. It can be a mystery as to why one image is deemed better than another but with time you come to understand some basic rules that helps you improve – the most important thing is to be happy with your hobby but to always be curious on how things are done. I have achieved some noteworthy successes over the years at the club not least 'print of the year' last year.
4. Who has been an inspiration to you in your photography?
I am not sure that I have been inspired by any particular photographer. I love what Annie Leibovitz does – she seems to be able to tell a story – for example her images of the royal family were just fantastic particularly when you consider what she is try to say. Ansel Adams saw things in a way that is simple but inspiring as are the images and the story of the life of Don McCullin. McCullin had a big influence on the opinion of people towards the end of the Vietnam War.
5. What are your aspirations for the future?
I have spent the last couple of years trying to 'get' the Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (www.rps.org). This is the basic level of distinction awarded by the RPS and yet despite this there is only an acceptance of less than 50% which is indicative of the level required. Although I have not yet gained this distinction, I am hopeful that maybe I will enjoy a success in the not too distant future.
Our club runs a sub (distinctions) group aimed at members who would like to attain some sort of official recognition. The group has 6 or 8 members and it provides a forum for members to discuss and challenge each other's images. It is run by Stan Stubbs who has a wealth of knowledge and experience.