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I’ve been mad about photography since I was 12, when I was given a Kodak Instamatic as a Christmas present. Bought my first 35mm SLR at 20, and learned how to do my own b&w processing. At that time I had dreams of becoming a professional photographer, but could never afford enough film and darkroom chemicals, and always had too many other demands on my time to get really serious about putting together a decent portfolio.
Fast forward 30-something years, and I still don’t have as much time as I’d like to devote to photography, but no longer have to worry about buying film etc. I bought my first digital SLR, a Nikon D90, in December 2010, and am loving the freedom to take as many pictures as I like without worrying about film costs. The digital darkroom is a whole new learning curve, but I’m enjoying it immensely, and it sure is a lot less messy than the traditional darkroom. I’m gradually getting the hang of Photoshop, and now, having been inspired by the work of RedBubble member Echo7, I’ve just begun exploring the magical world of HDR.
For my “real” job, I teach ICT to primary school kids, aged around 5 to 12. I get a lot of satisfaction from that, but I’m finding it harder and harder on work mornings to resist the urge to just drive straight past the school and go photo hunting instead, lol.
I have no illusions about the chances of becoming a professional photographer at my age, but am very happy that finally, thanks to digital, I can consider myself a serious amateur, and if I happen to sell the odd piece on RedBubble, well, that will be a bonus. Happy to have become a Bubbler, and looking forward to engaging with this vibrant community of artists.

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© Kris Montgomery (scarlettmonty). All Rights Reserved.
Copying, altering, displaying, distributing and/or selling any image without prior written consent from the artist is strictly prohibited and subject to any and all legal remedies.

  • Joined: June 2011

Journal

Epson Pano Awards... Feeling Pretty Good! :))

Very happy to receive a couple of emails the other day informing me that all 4 of my entries in the amateur section of the 2012 Epson Pano Awards received Bronze awards. This was my first attempt at the competition, so I’m pretty stoked :))
Posted almost 5 years – 22 comments

Some Recent Successes

I’ve had two lots of very gratifying news news recently, but before I tell you about them I should say a very big collective THANK YOU to the many, many people on RedBubble who have supported, encouraged, entertained, educated and inspired me throughout the ten months since I joined the site. Both my artistic vision and my technical skills have benefited enormously from the feedback I recei…
Posted almost 5 years – 22 comments
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