Hello folks, my name is Alan, I’ve been on Redbubble for nearly two years, and I have learned so much just by browsing some of the wonderful work that is on here, I never fail to come accross something that inspires me.
I am married to the wonderful Andrea, who is the best thing in my life.
I work full time as a pharmacist in Belfast, but photography, travel and music are passions for me; I’ve been snapping away for years, but have only recently started talking things a lot more seriously; my father in law very kindly lent me his Canon Eos 400 for us to take away on our honeymoon to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina… plenty of those pictures can be found here. Eventually I aquired a Canon Eos 500 because we couldn’t keep borrowing his all the time. I did consider an Eos 30 or 40, but I actually preferred the 500 sitting a little lighter in my hand. Previous to that, for many years I used an Olympus minimju 4mp compact camera, which was absolutely bulletproof, survived many an unfortunate trauma, before moving onto a Canon Ixus 80 when it finally failed to wake up one day.
Last summer I discovered I had a choroidal hemangioma in my left eye; I have a birthmark nearby, which causes an excess of blood vessels to build up on the back of the eyeball, which can lead to fluid building up behind your retina, leading to a significant worsening of vision. The eye consultants are still waiting to decide what to do with it. My right eye is fine, but it just led me to think just how much we take our sight for granted… if something was to happen to the good eye, what would I do then? I just wish I had got my eyes tested sooner, and compell you to do the same… photography is so important to be and I would be devasted if I could no longer carry this on, or appreciate other peoples work.
Anyway thats quite enough for now, please have a look at my work, always keen to hear what folk think.
Bye for now,