This is a series of blog posts dedicated to great photographers that are also contributing on Lobster. Read about the brilliant minds behind the camera, how photography mingles with their life and the stories behind their best shots.
A bit about yourself:
I am Scottish and a retired research chemist. I worked in the Pharmaceutical industry. I am married and live in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, UK. I have been retired for 11 years. My main passion is photography and I also play golf. I enjoy travelling and have visited many countries. I enjoy travel photography, mainly Landscapes, Architecture, nature, people photography.
I am a member of Welwyn Garden City Photography Club. I have gained LRPS, C PAGB and EFIAP distinctions. I now enter many international salons and have been exhibited in many countries, and gained many medals and awards. I regularly exhibit my photos in the local gallery and have had a solo exhibition in 2014.
Describe your style in 3 words:
When did you first start getting interested in photography?
I have been interested in Photography since I was a child with my first Kodak Box Brownie camera. Work got in the way but when I retired, and with the advent of digital photography I got hooked.
It has been a huge learning experience and worth every moment.
Who are some creatives that you are inspired by?
I enjoy many landscape photographers work, Ansel Adams. Charlie Waite, Joe Cornish, Colin Westgate and Robert Canis are British photographers who have inspired me.
I also like modern architecture and love the work of Charles Rennie MacIntosh, Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava, Felix Candela.
I like Antony Gormley sculptures.
The story behind 5 photos:
This was taken in Munich at the entrance to the modern art gallery. I like taking photos in galleries and taking people in the scene for scale. This elderly couple walked by, he was struggling with his cap. I just felt that they looked lost in among the huge concrete pillars.
This was taken in Littlehampton in East Sussex, UK. On the prom, there is a bench which is several hundred yards long. It meanders up and down and curves around. My husband was sitting on the bench when a child came along and climbed up beside him. It was an opportunistic moment, and I called it “I wish I could do that” because years ago he would have been able to.
This was taken in the Tate Modern in London, a gallery I return to often. It is looking over the Turbine Hall. I was attracted to the staircase for the symmetry and the lines. There were lots of visitors so I waited until the area was clear with just the couple looking over the railings.
This abstract photo was taken in Valencia. I recently visited the city of arts and sciences. It is an amazing place for architectural shots. This one was taken early morning just after sunrise. It’s the end of the Science museum.
I wanted to get a variety of shots and like the square format for arty ones. The darker shadows are cast from huge pillars. I was attracted to the lines, the shades of colour and the light and shadow at this time of day.
This shot was also taken at the city of arts and sciences in Valencia. Early in the day, the workmen were out cleaning the pools.
This chap was fishing out debris with his fishing net. It was only on editing this shot that I spotted its full potential.
The morning sun had cast his shadow on the building. You can also see his reflection in the pool and the reflection of his shadow in the pool as well. It is a well-cropped photo and if I returned I would be looking to find further opportunities like this one.
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