My journey into photography started on my seventh birthday when I was given a Kodak Brownie 127. I was so excited to at last be able to produce images that had totally avoided me in Art! This feeling was so strong, even at seven! My only restriction was the cost of film and developing which my parents thought I should pay for out of my pocket money. It was another seven years before I was able to buy a camera myself, a Kodak Instamatic that I gave to my brother for his birthday hoping I could borrow it!
Families and years went by until my husband, Pete, bought me my first digital camera after taking nine rolls of film on holiday - he thought he would cut his losses! Yippee! I could now take as many photos as I liked and process them myself - I was in heaven! However, although I thought I had a ‘good eye’ as most people think of their own picture-taking, I didn’t realise just how much I had to learn until I joined Solihull Photographic Society (SPS) in 2012.
SPS opened up a whole new world for me, learning about photographic history, well-known photographers, competitions, different genres like landscape, street, portrait and lots in between. I love photography and hope that I can pass on a little of this love and encouragement to you.
Just get out there and start snapping!