I’ve been into photography since I was about 8 years old – I started with a Canonet rangefinder, then upgraded to a Canon AE-1 when I was about 10. Photography in one form or another has always been an important part of my life.
In 1982 I took a photo of a protest on the Gordon River – this was a famous demonstration against the proposed Franklin River dam (a political event which got Bob Hawke elected to Prime Minister in Australia) – this photo taken on Kodachrome 64 slide film with my AE-1 is kept with Cooee Picture Library and gets published several times a year. This moment, so I thought at the time, was going to be the start of a great career in photography. Somehow I ended up being an engineer though … I can’t really complain.
During my summer holidays at university I had the pleasure of working for the Kodak Retail Group. I also took a year off mid-way through my degree to work in photographic retail. I really enjoyed this time – I learned to process film, sell cameras and general customer service. A great experience.
I only started digital SLR photography in 2010 and this has opened up a whole new world to me. I do still enjoy film photography however, so I use both mediums to capture my images.