Photographer and Writer

Storyteller

It took me a few years of posting here before I realised that my true love is telling stories. I love to tell a story with a photograph. I love to tell a story with words. I love those moments when I find the right words to fit a picture I've taken, or the right Read more...

Photographer and Writer

Storyteller

It took me a few years of posting here before I realised that my true love is telling stories. I love to tell a story with a photograph. I love to tell a story with words. I love those moments when I find the right words to fit a picture I've taken, or the right picture to fit the words that I have in my head. In between those magical moments of epiphany, this is a simple journal of my life, freezing a frame each day to capture both the mundane and the exceptional, hoping to prove that there is something extraordinary to be found in every ordinary day.

*****

I remember getting my first camera when I was ten years old and some of my most vivid childhood memories relate to certain pictures that I took back then. I still recall the extraordinary sense of anticipation when that yellow plastic box of kodachrome slides arrived in the post. How times have changed.

I had not been a regular photographer for many years when a friend introduced me to this wonderful site on May 1st 2011. I'd begun posting a few photographs on a blog and she thought blipfoto might interest me. I put up a shot I had taken earlier that day, and another the next, and then ... well, the rest is history and can be viewed in my journal. I've not missed a day since.

My journal is a record of a journey of photographic discovery. Barely a single person appeared in my first year of blips. Almost all my photographs were landscapes. Now people appear in the great majority of my pictures. I still love finding a good landscape composition but my real passion has become street photography - in all its forms. You never know what's going to happen or who you are going to meet. I love the unpredictability of it all. Finding out what's on my memory card gives me the same buzz that I once got from opening that box of transparencies. 

Realising that this journal might well become overrun with street portraits I started another in April of 2013 to record my portraiture. I initially called it "A Thousand Faces", expecting the collection of a thousand portraits to take very many years. I had no intention of posting every single day but it's turned out that way and, before I knew it, I reached my target. There was no reason to stop so the journal was renamed "Face By Face". This secondary journal has become just as important to me as this one. As of writing this, I've not missed a day in over four years. I get to meet a wonderful new person every single day!

If I have any insight to offer from my experience it is that photography is not about fancy equipment and technical expertise (of which I have neither) but simply about seeing. I've not so much learned about photography through my experience here but learned to see. You just need to get out into the world and practice.

If you're reading this as a newcomer, then welcome. This is a fantastic place to get advice and encouragement. Stick around and engage with people and you will be well rewarded. It's a real community, like no other to be found on the internet. Just be warned that the whole experience is highly addictive.