In 1972 I was living in Indianapolis Indiana. I built a darkroom table over the bath in my apartment. There was no shower so I had to crawl under the table to take a bath. This, to say the least, was inconvenient so after 3 or 4 months my darkroom experience came to an end and I concentrated on colour slides. Upon my return to Australia the serious business of family, a mortgage and work made photography "something I was once interested in”.
I was introduced to my first computer in 1973 and was immediately captivated by the magic of software. Years later with the arrival of digital photography I saw a synergy with computing and instinctively knew that I would be able to recover from my darkroom misadventure with a digital darkroom. And then Adobe made Lightroom and I was happy. It was about then that I decided that photography would be my retirement activity.
I joined the Eastern Suburbs Camera Club and the Australian Photographic Society in 2007. Albury was my first APS Convention, but I remained a passive member of APS until I took a position on the Digital Group committee in 2013 and volunteered to get the Digital Group Seasonal Competitions up and running. As often happens one thing leads to another and I became deeply involved administratively with my two photography organisations. With those time consuming activities, not to mention grandchildren, travel and all the other distractions of retirement, I finally had a deja vu experience that photography had again become "something I was once interested in” and so I resolved to re-focus my activities.
Now I enjoy getting into nature’s wild places when the weather is “interesting” and the light is a joy to behold. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen often enough, so I find consolation in photographing the more predictable, static works of man, in particular, modern architecture. I particularly enjoy making architectural abstracts. Post processing has limitless possibilities and is a significant part of my image making process. It helps with the development of one’s personal vision and ultimately, the creation of an individual style - not that I have arrived there yet. Things I would like to do include becoming a good portrait photographer and learning how to use flash creatively. The learning never stops!
The photographer's way of seeing is special. They see things that mere mortals are indifferent to. In moving through the environment the photographer sees compositions just waiting to be captured and rendered artistically. Photographic seeing requires a willingness to interpret whatever is happening so that the camera can be properly positioned to frame the subject, isolate it from the chaos of the surrounds and then, finally, to capture the moment. In the fraction of a second of the exposure a record is made of something that the flow of time dictates can never be precisely replicated. Never. That moment is at once the joy, the wonder and the frustration of photography.
So what is it with stray dogs?
Way back in the '80s, when remote desert travel in 4WDs was our thing, it was decided that everyone should have a CB radio "handle". My wife was quick to volunteer "Stray Dog" for me. She explained to our travel friends that it came from her experience of having a conversation with me only to find that she was talking to herself because I had disappeared down an alley or over a sand dune in pursuit of the elusive photographic moment. Digital era conventions resulted in the transformation to "straydog". And so it remains.
Australian Photographic Society
Eastern Suburbs Camera Club
Former Councillor: Australian Photographic Society (APS) Management Committee
Former Chair: APS Digital Group
Organiser: APS Digital Group Seasonal Competitons
Member: APS Digital Group Committee
Member: 2016 Adelaide APSCON Organising Committee
Chair: APS Social Media Sub-committee
Committee member: Eastern Suburbs Camera Club
Immediate past President: Eastern Suburbs Camera Club
Webmaster: Eastern Suburbs Camera Club
South Australian Photographic Federation judge
Member: South Australian Photographic Federation Guest Speaker Program.
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