I am an English teacher, Moodle and Mahara enthusiast. I love creativity.

On January 12th I reached an importnant milestone to me. 730th blip post - 2 years of constant, enthusiastic blipping, browsing photos, commenting, learning, making friends, community support. As you can see from my short int Read more...

I am an English teacher, Moodle and Mahara enthusiast. I love creativity.

On January 12th I reached an importnant milestone to me. 730th blip post - 2 years of constant, enthusiastic blipping, browsing photos, commenting, learning, making friends, community support. As you can see from my short intro, I did not expect that happen. It's right time to share more about MrsLinda and her love of photography.

I started taking pictures when I was a kid. It felt much more natural to me then painting, drawing or linocut (realized after 10 years in art school). My first camera was my dad's TLR camera called FLEXARET. I loved its robust look (not just the look), the way I could carry it around my neck and look into the viewer from the top. I also enjoyed the moment of loading the 6x6 frame film. My dad always checked up on me if I do the loading right because films were very expensive in socialism. The highlight of it all was the moment when there were enough exposed film rolls to open up the chemicals and spend a day in the dark room (our bathroom) with my dad. The miracles of photography happened there.

Later on, when the Berlin wall fell and we could go abroad, I got my first compact camera to document my very first UK visit (student exchange visit in the age of 15). This camera stayed with me for a while and also made me company during my Camp America summer adventure in 1996. When we started travelling the world with my hubby (starting with Israel, Egypt, Land trip to India, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, etc.) we both decided to invest in good SLRs. I chose Canon and Peter decided for Nikon. Not a wise thing to do as we couldn't share the lens :-)
We took thousands of photos and especially slide films we could then show to our friends and family by projecting them on the wall. We even had a public projection on India travels once.

This is all history now which I am sometimes reminded of when looking at my piles of albums and suitcases full of slides organized by country.

It took us both some time before we switched from analogue to digital. We experienced kind of resistance and nostalgia. With the films getting more expensive, big Czech B&W film producer shutting down and finding it hard to get a lab which would process coloured films for us, I was the first to buy a DSLR several years ago. My hubby totally gave up on photography at that time. What a shame.

When the smartphones entered our lives (also relatively recently) I put my Canon asleep and I wake it up only when travelling or when asked at work to document some event. It used to be like that before with our SLRs, too. One thing changed though, I became a regular photographer when Blipfoto entered my life. The reason why I use my iPhone is its readiness and availability 24/7. I don't carry my DSLR on me every day.

I'm not a talented photographer but I like looking around and observing, noting down, recording my life although I rarely look back. Interesting :-) Maybe more important than my love of photography is this community of enthusiastic, caring, and polite blippers who share the same hobby. I wish Blipfoto/Blipfuture stay with us.