Here, for the first time I saw the magic of working in a darkroom and the glamour of 1960s photography. I saved up my pocket money and having read many copies of the Amateur Photographer, I bought my first 35mm SLR, a Practika, which I still own. My father helped me build a darkroom in the loft – which was a bit difficult, as there was no running water there! But nevertheless, I experimented with film processing and monochrome printing as well as dipping into Cibachrome. I joined Bath Photographic Society when I was in the sixth form, where I learnt about composition, the Royal Photographic Society, and could only marvel at the high standard of darkroom printing by club members. Back then removing dust spots was the usual comment of the judge.
I belong to the Visual Art, Travel and Digital Imaging Groups of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS)
, and Cheam Camera Club
. I like all genres of photography and having gained my LRPS a little while ago. I am actively pursuing different projects to gain the next step an ARPS, but in the meantime I also gained the CPAGB from the Photographic Association of Great Britain.
I am a Camera Club Judge, accredited by the Surrey Photographic Association (SPA).