I’ve always enjoyed taking photographs and have around 11 thousand on Flickr mostly recording the family as they grew up but I’d never really got to grips with how to use a camera ‘properly’. I started using my iPhone when I first walked around Westonbirt almost 5 years ago and soon I’d amassed hundreds of images. I started getting more interested in the making of what I felt were ‘good’ images as opposed to ‘any old images’ which led to me beginning to read all about it and soon I wasn’t happy with simply using just my iPhone anymore, great though it is.
First I bought a Ricoh GR and a Leica X Vario. After using them for a while, lovely though they both were, I sold them and invested in a pair of second-hand full-frame cameras, one being the Sony RX1r and the other being a Canon 5D MkIII. I learned how to use them both in manual mode and got to understand what aperture, focal length and ISO meant and how to use these myself, rather than by simply pointing and shooting using a semi-automatic mode. The more I read, the more I realised how much I still had to learn. The more images I took, the more I wanted to take. I gradually realised that I preferred the Sony but wanted interchangeable lenses instead of the fixed lens RX1r and so recently I sold them all to buy a Sony AR7ii with a set of primes. I’m still learning of course which is enjoyable in itself but I’m very happy with this set-up.
Images I took in 2016