Canterbury Photographic Society
"I’ve always enjoyed taking photos and I remember getting my first camera - a Kodak pocket instamatic using 110 film cartridges. I’ve still got the first photos I took with it, of the London to Brighton car run, taken out of the window of our car as we drove past.
I suppose I tend towards several areas in my photography. I really enjoy taking people in all their quirky ways and capturing the ‘moment,’ looking for the story in the photo. My career as an English teacher then as a British Sign Language Interpreter has always been about communication and this helps me now when I’m aiming to build a rapport with people when taking portraits.
Generally, I’m drawn to colour in a scene so much that I don’t often work in mono, but I do like taking silhouettes. I regularly go back to visit family in Jersey, where I was born, and a lot of my Nature photography happens there and when I’m abroad so there are definitely aspects of photography I’m drawn to.
For the past couple of years, I have been working part-time as a trainer/ tutor for deaf and hearing people in the work place and I have more time to concentrate on my photography. I started to set myself mini projects such as taking close-ups in nature or birds in flight, hoping to refine my skills.
When I joined CPS last year, I found that the monthly competitions do a similar thing in giving me a focus / theme to work on. I enjoy being part of such a friendly group and I’ve learnt a lot from peoples’ tips and advice and the talks on different topics.
I also really like the post processing side of things and have recently started creating composite images which give me a lot of satisfaction when they’re complete, though they take ages!
Looking forward to more photo-taking opportunities and challenges this year."
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