Self indulged Photographer
Many, many years ago I was introduced to SLR photography and B&W darkroom developing by a friend. It became a all consuming past time.
At the time I was working nights in a restaurant as a cook which afforded me the lifestyle to shoot images during the day (on film) and developed these images at home after work at night.
Sitting in the Brisbane’s Queen street mall I would shoot 3 or 4 rolls of Kodak T MAX 400 on my old Nikon F 301 slr, just doing candid people photography,
It was great practise for timing and picking interesting subjects (none of this auto focusing, unlimited shot capabilities that we have today with DSLR’s) It really made you think before you pressed that little button on the top of the camera!!
It wasn’t long before my hobby became my Job when I took my hashed together portfolio of B&W 10×8′s around to countless studio’s in Brisbane, begging for any type of work and the ability to learn more.
I finally landed a job in a Wedding and Portrait studio as an assistant where I worked for 2 years and learnt so many valuable things including the appreciation that Photography was very much a “hands on” medium back then.
I kind of miss the “good old days” of being stuck in a darkroom for hours on end with a dull glowing red light and a radio to keep you company, waiting for and watching the images magically appearing before my eyes as the developer worked on the exposed paper. Oh and the smell of the fixer! That’s something that you never forget.
Things have changed in the last 20yrs, both for me and photography, the digital revolution has opened up photography to many people and now we can even send images across the world, basically from the moment that we capture them. It is amazing times and I am trying hard to relearn the craft using the new techniques ( in many ways it is better now)
But I still miss the smell of fixer in the dark room and the dull glowing red light!!
I hope that you might enjoy my images.
Ausphotography Photo of the year 2010 winner
2 x Canon EOS 5D m2’s with battery grips
100mm f2.8 macro
580EX II, 530 EX flash and other speedlights