I suppose my journey into photography first started when I was given a Kodak Instamatic camera as a child. I dabbled in the the darkroom throughout my teens, and really enjoyed experimenting with film.
I got married and helped to bring up three wonderful daughters, and during this period, I mainly just took family snaps with the camera.
As I got older I suddenly seemed to lose interest in most things, photography being one of them and couldn’t understand what was wrong with me. I was diagnosed with depression, and put on medication which really only helped to mask the symptoms. My doctor encouraged me to go out walking in the countryside, so I started taking a camera out with me.
I was determined to beat this, so I soon ditched the tablets and booked myself a lesson with a local talented landscape photographer, who’s encouragement inspired me so much.
It was as if a switch had been turned back on in my head, and I believe this was the start of my journey out of darkness and towards creativity.
I have recently set up a darkroom, and am developing and printing once again after a 30 year break. I love the challenge that working with film brings.
Hopefully soon I will be showcasing some of my darkroom work here, and prints may be made available for purchase when I have perfected the process.
To the right is a scan from a recent darkroom experiment. Burning in techniques were used to correct the over exposed sky.
Just need to try harder to eliminate all the dust from the negative before printing !!
If you have a project that you would like me to work on, I am happy to take on commissions.
Maybe you are a budding new photographer who is not quite sure what the different settings mean on your camera and just need a little bit of advice to get you started.
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