Laura Pilon CPAGB

1. How did your interest in photography begin?

I've been interested in photography as long as I can remember - my first foray into photography was with a 110 format film camera as a child, although I unfortunately don't have any of those pictures. I only really started to properly get into it when I bought my first film SLR at university, joined the photography club and learnt to use a darkroom.

2. What genres of photography are you more interested in?

Landscapes and wildlife (especially birds) are my main interests. I love being outdoors and I've always been more comfortable out in the hills than on a busy city street. I particularly enjoy long exposure photography - blurring the motion of water and clouds in the landscape. I've also retained a fondness for black and white images from my time in the university darkroom.

3. What has been the highlight of your photographic journey?

I can't pick just one highlight! A few things do stand out though: watching my first print appear like magic in the darkroom, completing my 365 project in 2010, getting an image into Practical Photography magazine in the same year and most recently gaining my CPAGB accreditation.

4. Who has been an inspiration to you in your photography?

I'm hugely inspired by Ansel Adams' dramatic black and white images of American national parks and have been lucky enough to visit the gallery dedicated to his work at Yosemite. Joe Cornish's landscapes are another closer-to-home inspiration, particularly the way he creates depth and uses light in his images.

5. What are your aspirations for the future?

To get out more with my camera, understand Photoshop better and start a photography project. I'm not a "selfie" person and struggled to find a recent one for this feature so I think my next project may well be to tackle my dislike of being in front of a camera instead of behind it!  

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