He has a point. It‘s akin to the saying ‘practice makes perfect’, but without the same absurd level of optimism. I chose the heading not to offer reassurance about the content of this site but simply as a fair assessment of my first 10,000 photographs.
I started out with a Brownie 127. I foolishly believed at the time (and at various points since) that a better camera will a better photographer make. Accordingly, I spent the contents of my savings jam jar on a Halina Paulette Electric. I waited for the silver halide crystals of my films to arrange themselves as 35mm miracles of light and shade. Needless to say, it did not quite turn out that way; but there was one near-miracle. I entered a photographic competition and won a two-week cruise around the Mediterranean. Since I was only 14, my mother and father felt obliged to buy themselves and my brother passage. Was it all a marketing ploy?
My first truly ‘serious’ camera was an East German Praktica, built like a Panzer. I used it for years — it survived even a fall from a Greyhound bus — and learnt to develop and print black-&-white film. Then a hiatus, decades’ long, when I didn’t really do much photography. It took the arrival of that tipping point at which digital began seriously to rival film to reignite my interest. The bulk of my shots these days are of landscape, architecture, and townscape. The experience of shooting a wedding has confirmed to me the wisdom of that preference.
Feel free to make contact about the photographs on this site, using the link on the menu bar. If you wish to order prints, please click the button that accompanies each photograph in the Image Galleries.
For those who are interested in such things, the photographs shown here were taken with a variety of cameras: Pentax K5; Nikon D810; Nikon Z7; Fuji X100T; and Pentax Spotmatic F. The technicalities of exposure, focal length, and suchlike are (where available) revealed by clicking the (i) symbol accompanying each photograph in the galleries; variables that at the time may have seemed equally significant to the photographer, such as temperature and wind chill, are left to the imagination.