Born 1959, living in England. Work in education and like travelling around UK & Europe in a motorhome/RV visiting new places and taking photographs. Keen on photography since my early teens when I used to muck around with an old Brownie Box camera and a Polaroid I 'converted' (ie destroyed the shutter release) to take time exposures - was given a 35mm Zenit SLR for my 18th birthday and never looked back. Most of my Panoramio photos were taken with a Fuji S9600, using a 0.45 Wide Angle Converter for the fisheye shots. I have since graduated to a Canon Eos 7D 18-135mm. All 7D tagged photos are reduced to 800 x 600 pixels resolution for screen display. Originals are 18 Megapixels. If you are interested in publishing any of my photos, or would like prints up to A3 in size please contact me via the website below.
I have no particular agenda or deep philosophical reasons for taking pictures - just like doing it and always have. My great grandad was a pro photographer and my dad was a keen watercolour painter so maybe it's genetic. Always keen to experiment, and happy to accept that the vast majority of the shots I take will be utter rubbish but if only one of them is halfway decent then it's all been worthwhile.
1. Never ever stop experimenting.
2. Never hesitate - press the button first and ask questions later.
3. Plough your own furrow, develop your own way of doing it. That's how all the experts started so why shouldn't you?
4. Never be self conscious when positioning yourself to take a good shot - if you've got to lie down in a busy street then go ahead and do it!
5. Travel, and always carry your camera.
6. Don't get too hung up on the technical stuff - being in the right place at the right time is what it's about and you don't learn that from a manual.
7. If you want to do it professionally take any opportunity you can to get relevant qualifications, but remember that it's what you learn outside the classroom that will help you the most (and that's coming from a teacher).
8. Always go the extra mile for your pictures - explore places, go round the back of things, step off the beaten track, never walk too far without turning around to check the view behind you, be different to the crowd.
Go for it - and good luck.
Personal motto? "Before you judge someone try walking a mile in their shoes. Then who cares? They're a mile away and you've got their shoes."