Through photography I have been able to legitimately indulge my interest in the derelict, the broken and the forgotten. It has also opened up an opportunity to explore my home city of Glasgow, particularly the Clyde where remnants of the shipbuilding industry lurk. For one who has a fear of water the irony of this is not lost on me.
Photographing people fascinates me. Personally, I don’t like being photographed so being able to get an image with which the subject is happy is hugely satisfying. Gig and wedding photography allow me to shoot people, with their consent, while having a grown up camera generally ensures I am standing in the best spot to do so.
If you give 20 people a camera and stand them in the same spot you will get 20 different images. I like this about photography. I like that photography is not just about pressing the shutter and capturing what is in front of you. It is about using the camera to capture what is in front of you the way you see it.
I recently found my first camera – my much used Olympus Trip. My parents unwittingly gave me permission, at the age of 16, to make a nuisance of myself at every social gathering by demanding that everyone huddle together and “smile nice”. My first SLR is now being used by my 25 year old nephew and funnily was pretty much all he and his twin brother saw of me from their birth to around 5 years old when the camera developed a fault. A younger nephew has my first DSLR. I’m not planning on passing on my current DSLR but I will always actively encourage anyone to take photographs with any camera – even a phone camera.