I have been interested in photography for a long time. I used my first paycheck from my first ‘real’ job (cook, if you can call it that, at Burger King) to buy my first camera in 1983. It was a Minolta X-570 35mm SLR. I bought it with an f1.4 50mm lens, a flash, red and blue filters for the lens (I didn’t know what they were for, but they looked cool) and a cheap bag. I even had enough money left for 2 rolls of 36 exposure Tri-X. I shot both rolls of film the same day, then had to work another week before I could afford to have them developed.
The results weren’t what I had hoped for.
I read National Geographic. I flipped through Life. I knew who Henri Cartier-Bresson was for God’s sake! Why didn’t my pictures look like those?
Well, I know why they didn’t now, but at the time I found it very discouraging. The best you could have said about those first two rolls of film was that most of the shots were well focused.
I’ve moved on from that X-570, although I still own it and my daughter took it on a trip to Hawaii a few years ago and came back with some very nice shots. I now shoot digital almost exclusively, same as most everyone I imagine. I have a Nikon F-100 that I break out now and then though when I’m overcome with nostalgia. There’s something about loading a fresh roll of film that just feels “photographic”. Regardless of how good the technology is, plugging in an empty SD card to replace a full one will never, ever feel the same way.
My image quality has improved along with (though not necessarily because of) my equipment but I’m still not Cartier-Bresson and National Geographic still has not offered me an assignment. What I offer on these pages is the world as I see it through the glass of the lens and the viewfinder, individual images and photo essays on varying topics. I hope you get some enjoyment out of viewing these images.