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I’m a small-time photographer based in Barry, tucked in the Vale of Glamorgan.
My affinity for photography started at a young age where I was often given a disposable, single use cameras for my school trips.
I remember taking them to places like Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire, Penscynor Wildlife Park and once to the RAF (MOD) St Athan where the only remaining flying Lancaster Bomber was on show all the way back in 1996.
Having had no practice, I would do my best but would end up with a limited run of photos from the provided film at best – Lighting was often the problem.
As time progressed, I moved into the world of film photography with my first camera from my Auntie.
It took me some time to understand the mechanics of photography by myself, hence there was many a blurred photo and wasted cartridge. Nonetheless I kept trying.
My parents tended to pay for the developing, so you can imagine their faces when most of the finished pieces were out of focus and indistinguishable.
As my skills picked up, my parents but me the gift of a Kodak C400 – Advanced Photo System camera which cleverly allowed you to take photos in one of three styles and came with a screen on the back to get the perfect shot.
I took this everywhere with me and still have plenty of the photos with my today, in particular of a trip to Newquay in Cornwall many moons ago.
As processing became more expensive and the digital movement started to move in, my parents upgraded me to my first digital point and shoot camera in the form of a Kodak Easyshare C300 – It came with a whole 3.2MP.
It took pretty good photos at the time but not necessarily to the standard of the film-based ones I was taking.
It was just great to have instant access to my pictures and it very likely helped to fill my parents pockets in the process.
In 2003, I started my Studies at the University of Glamorgan with a foundation degree in Business Studies.
This then followed into a Media Production degree at the where I studied photography and digital manipulation, Unfortunately it was around this time that things took a turn for the worst.
Anxiety & depression took over, which resulted in me losing confidence in my own work and in myself.
I tried to force myself to take a camera out, but put too much pressure on myself that I couldn’t bare to physically take the camera out of the bag.
As time went on, things got worse, led to a total photographers block and finally resulted in the demise of my course at University.
I’ve battled for many years to get back into things through the consistent purchase and sale of various digital SLR cameras including a Canon EOS 350D, a Canon EOS 70D and a couple of cheaper film based cameras including a Ricoh SLR and a Nikon SLR.
My anxiety problems made me feel really uncomfortable taking my camera as I always worried about what other people would think of me and how I would look to them.
This led to a real on and off relationship with photography that I just couldn’t pin down.
Well, after having gone through various counselling sessions, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions and now reaching a point in life where I’m happy just being me, learning not to worry about what other people think, I feel like I’m where I need to be to really make a go of Photography again.
Enter the latest weapons in my photography arsenal.
First up is my Panasonic Lumix G80 – 16 megapixel camera with mirrorless technology, 4k editing and all the functionality you could ever need from a camera.
I’ve also picked up a 45-200mm lens to bridge the gap between the wide angles and the longer zooms.
My backup camera comes in the form of a Canon 700d SLR camera with 18 megapixels of pure mechanical potential.
Complete with a 50mm fixed focal lens, 18-55mm lens and a 75-300mm lens to cover most bases when the Panasonic Lumix isn’t enough.
I’ve bought a subscription to Photoshop services including Lightroom and the latest CC edition, as well as starting an online course in digital manipulation.
Finally, I’m undertaking an EQF Diploma in Photography and an EQF Diploma in Photoshop to really develop my skills and showcase my abilities to others.
Getting back into photography is allowing me to work on something personal and creative.
Both the elements of photography and photo editing have brought back the spark I used to feel back when I was younger.
I’m pleased to say that I’m really having fun in getting back out there.
I’m really into the nature, landscape and the abstract side of things so expect to see copious amounts of greenery, experimentation and more of my favourite subjects.
I’ve started adding photos from my much, much earlier days and aim to bring this website up to date with my current trend of ideas and photos.
My final target is the conversion of my hobby into an actual business which I hope to have up and running into 2020.