I printed my first black and white photograph when I was ten. In my father’s darkroom with an negative from a plastic Diana camera (very trendy now). As the image appeared in the developer, under the red safe light, I was hooked! Photo-graphy: drawing with light. Exactly what is says on the tin!
This was addictive. My enthusiasm for photography grew. I was the kid at school with a single lens reflex camera in the maths class. I copied course notes by photographing them and figured out how to record t.v. on high speed black and white film long before domestic video recorders were around. I filmed Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon and Concord’s first flight, and used photography to follow my other great passion in life; physics. Years later, after a career in science and technology I decided to go back to my roots, take a formal collage qualification in photography and build a darkroom.
There is something special about photography. It bridges the gap between art and science. You need both esthetics and technology. Your skills develop as you master the technology. It allows you to convert the vision you are chasing into an image on paper. It’s just the same way that a painter does the same by understands his pigments and media, but with a lot more physics.
Throughout the progression of digital photography, I’ve continued to use both and darkroom techniques as well as mastering high quality inkjet images through software like LightRoom and Photoshop. Now, with the explosion of photography on mobile devices, I want to promote the democratisation of photography through new technologies, low cost photo applications and disruptive technologies.
What the critics say:
“Talented but lazy” – Miss Chandler, 3th Year Art Teacher, Ecclesfield Grammar School (1967).
That’s why I call my company Lazy-Photon!