My interest in
photography began in my early teens, I was
able to use the family Kodak Brownie 127 occasionally and have the use
of my Grandfathers magnifying glass to look at the 'enprints'.
I've been down both the education route, City
& Guilds modules and the exhibition route, 15 so far to hone my
Enter the digital age and slowly I changed from film
to files as and when I could afford it.
site used to be full of images loads of them, stuff I'd
done over the years, you name it I'd had a go at it.
1840's the negative, early 1900's colour film, 1975 digital sensors,
1994 Photoshop 3.0. Photoshop 3.0? Well yes it could do layers, pics
one on top of each other and the layers could be merged. It was the
start of digital art.
In 1998 I
came across digital art montages by Catherine McIntyre
using Photoshop 4. I was scared, too scared to even try I thought I
could never do that and though over the years I did try, the results
were rubbish. It got to me, under my skin, I felt a complete failure,
and diverted into all sorts of single image blind alleys.
work ever since and she has been a constant inspiration over the many
months that I have really got to grips with it. She will not explain
her techniques insisting that I find my own by observing the work of
others. I knew that I'd 'arrived' one day though when she said this in
a message, "It's great you're reaching into yourself for something far
more expressive and exciting (than straight photography) And what a
brilliant thing it is, an artistic development - it's the best thing
one can possibly do with one's time, imho! Enjoy!" I value these words
far more than anything else I have ever achieved.
2014 two of my images were
shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer show. In September I found the Photo Book Club
and went to their meeting in Coventry in October. I really enjoyed
looking at the books and chatting, I have a small collection and I've
learned more from it than any other source.
After that I
thought hmmmm why not start something near to where I live and after
finding a very nice venue not far from the M1 I started the M1Ju29 Photo Book Club we are a small group, our meetings are informal, chatty and inspiring.