Many years ago I was interested in taking photographs, proper photographs as opposed to holiday snaps. I even did an ‘O’ level though I didn’t do terribly well since I wasn’t particularly interested in the technical nuts and bolts, and I never actually had any lessons. All I was interested in was taking the photographs. Come to think of it, to say that I didn’t even answer a single question on the written paper in the exam, I actually managed to get a decent grade on my pictures alone.

Anyway, I was lucky enough to be bought a Pentax K1000 for my 21st birthday (you can tell how long ago that was) and I continued to enjoy taking photos for many years. I never got as far as buying my own dark room equipment (I spent my money on a horse instead) but I played around with my photography, bought various lenses and filters, and generally enjoyed myself accumulating hundreds – if not thousands – of printed pictures.

However, time marched on, life got in the way and the digital age arrived. I bought a digital camera for my husband and, reluctantly, my trusty Pentax retreated to a comfortable retirement in the bottom of the wardrobe. As digital cameras improved I slowly overcame my reluctance to use them and on my father’s death last year I decided to use his camera. It isn’t old but already was on the verge of obsolescence since it uses the cards you can no longer buy!

Husband then came to the rescue and bought me a camera for Christmas. Yes, it has taken me a while to get used to it and I still don’t know what all the buttons do but I’m out taking pictures again just for the fun of it. Not all of them are good, one or two may have some real merit, but this blog is a way of me keeping track of some of my best photographs, and if anyone else out there happens to like them too, then that’s great.


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