Hello everyone! I thought it was about time I introduced myself properly and talk a little bit about my journey into photography up until this point. I have been working as a freelance graphic designer for over three years now and have only recently decided to delve deeper into photography by setting up my portfolio. However, my love of photography is not a new thing and that's what I'm going to talk about today!
Let's just say art as a school subject was not a particularly strong point for me! Up until I stopped taking art at high school (as a compulsory subject before we could choose), the best grade I ever got was a C. However, everyone also did a form of graphics known as Design & Technology (DT) on rotation along with other technology subjects such as electronics, resistant materials (woodwork), textiles and food technology (catering). The graphics side of technology was mainly focused on technical drawings and nothing remotely creative at that point but I found it came easily to me and I was much better at it than I was at art.
It was in my first year of high school, that I started playing around with more creative graphics on my computer at home doing my first photo montages (which I'll save for another post!) And at the same time, my dad got me a camera for my birthday. I can remember it very clearly too, it was square and bright blue with a grey lens and shutter button and that was pretty much all it was. It was small enough to fit into the palm of your hand and only had a tiny viewfinder on the back – no LCD screen or anything! Incredibly basic but that gave me my first taste of photography and I instantly loved it.
Here's a selection of my first photos taken on that camera, circa 2002 – 2003.
Soon after I got a little Trust camera which saved images as jpegs as opposed to the little blue camera which saved as bitmaps. The quality and size of images improved with the Trust camera but my main focus was still family and pets.
By 2006 I had inherited my dad's Fuji – not quite a DSLR but more than a digital compact camera. It was also in 2006 that I went on my first visit to Cyprus where my dad's family came from. On that trip my love of photography was firmly cemented as we spent most of our days out photographing all the different places we visited and I started to explore landscape photography.
Below are a couple of my photos from that 2006 trip to Cyprus.
Back home I tried out some other genres, photographing plants and doing some macro photography for fun. It was at this point, I was reaching the end of high school where we had to decide what to study at college. I had been studying Graphics as one of my GCSE school subjects (the name had changed from Design Technology by that point) so I decided to continue doing Graphics at A Level in college. I picked my other two subjects for college too (English Language and Spanish) and then out of nowhere I decided I'd also do Photography much to the surprise of everyone (including myself!)
When I told our Connexions advisor I'd like to do Photography at college because 'it seemed like fun', I got told in no uncertain terms that we 'should not go to college for fun but to work hard to get good jobs'. Nevertheless, sometimes you just have to follow the idea that comes out of nowhere yet feels right...
Pop back soon and I'll tell you what happened when I actually got to college!