I got my first “real” camera when I was 20. I bought a Canon A-1 (which I still have) and began taking pictures. As with most people, I started out just taking pictures of friends, family, and things around me. I bought some books and set about practicing to get better. I learned three important things from this.
1. Take pictures of everything, you never know what you will like later.
2. Use the best quality material in film, lenses, filters, etc.
3. Keep your originals of everything, you just never know!
I started to realize what my photography style was, landscapes, scenery, etc. I didn’t know it then, but I was already starting traveling shots. I envied the pictures I would see in the postcards of the places I would travel. I wanted those pictures for myself. I would pick up a few postcards and then ask the locals where the shot was taken from. They would usually direct me to the location and then I would take my picture, trying to add my own touch to the shot.
Of course, I was just traveling, and unlike the professional photographers could not afford to spend an entire day, or even many days just to get a single picture. For me, I was here for a few hours and this was the only chance I got. Hence, I started my traveling shots. Grab a picture when you can get it, you won’t be back anytime soon.
Since then I have spent the last 25 years taking pictures of things that interested me. I don’t always get what I wanted, but sometimes I get lucky and get a shot I was not expecting. I have somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 images and have kept all of my original slides, negatives and digital images.
Now I have the chance to share them with you, I hope that the ones that I have selected are ones that you will appreciate as much as I do. Hopefully this will encourage you to reach out pick up your camera and take a few images of your own!