I am something of a mongrel! Due to my dad's profession, I spent most of my early life moving from country to country, including extended periods in Canada, California, England and Northern Ireland. While I was at university in Ireland that I bought my first "proper" camera - a Mamiya MSX500 SLR - in 1974. When I graduated in '76 I bought a Canon FTbn of happy memory. I also owned a wonderful Pentax SP1000 (an economy version of the famous Spotmatic) - I have had a soft spot for Pentax cameras ever since and currently use a Pentax K10D with an assortment of lenses.
Marriage in 1979 and four kids following put photography very much on hold, although I did continue to take snaps of family occasions, Christmas, holidays, and so on.
About five years ago, when the kids had pretty well grown up, I decided to take it all much more seriously. So I joined a local camera club filled with the most encouraging people you could imagine. That is my photographic home, and I owe it a great deal, not least the competition side of club life. In a 24/7 kind of job like mine (church minister) it is vital to have something which is completely unconnected with what I do for a living, and which gets me away from the phone. Photography provides this escape for me.
Last year, in 2008, I was awarded an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society for a project on the London Underground (which is why you may see ARPS after my name). Also, as of this year, I will be registered as a photographic judge by the county photographic association.
Now I have a grandson, young Henry, who takes up more than his fair share of memory card space! So, life has moved full circle - I now find myself once again taking pictures of family occasions, Christmas, holidays... :)
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