Henri Cartier-Bresson said that the first 10,000 photographs in anyone’s career were rubbish. That was nearly 300 rolls of film in his day. I reckon that i probably reached that mark a few years back, but I’m still learning. Getting to 10,000 using a digital camera nowadays is a lot easier than when it was on film. Now I’ve more or less moved entirely to taking digital pictures, I still have film cameras that I use every now and then.
I started this blog a while back and posted a few notes about photographs that I’d taken with some brief notes about them. What I’d really like to do with this blog is to write more about the images I’ve taken and what I’m interested in and hope to shoot in the future.
As long as I can remember I’ve always been interested in taking pictures, mainly landscape. For a short time in college I thought about a career in photography, but I didn’t want to lose my hobby, so I didn’t take it any further. That hasn’t stopped me from trying to push myself to take better and better pictures. I did a couple of night classes, which included printing and developing my own pictures in a darkroom - something I’d never done before and both courses helped me in terms of increased creativity as well as create a deeper understanding of photography.
Inspired to take better photographs 20 years ago, I saved up and bought a Hasselblad, which did just that - my pictures improved overnight, the resolution was incredible and the process of taking medium format pictures slowed me down and helped me take a better picture. Though owning a Hassie has been great, I've since found that it stopped me exploring new areas including street photography. I've since bought a Fuji X-Pro 1 and found that this, coupled with Instagram re-kindled my interest in photography. Now this blog is helping me to square this circle as well as inspire me to take more pictures. Therefore, what you’ll find on this blog is plenty of photographs I’ve taken together with my own critiques. There’ll be posts on some of the photographers that inspire me, these include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams and Lee Friedlander and more besides.