• Blossom

Photography …. what it means to me

My History

The Eighties

Photography was my passion, even before I was aware of it …..

I was a teenager in the 1980s …. Duran Duran, The Outsiders, Evelyn King, Footloose, and

rah-rah skirts. Through all of this I had a camera; the first bought from the Freeman’s catalogue for £9.99, it was plastic and the film had to be wound on manually. You never knew what you had shot until you collected the prints from the developers sometimes months later. Then you find out how many were actually blurred or taken with poor timing meaning shut eyes.

When the Kodak Disc Camera was released in 1984, I bought it. I took it everywhere. It was always in my bag … little did I know that I was way ahead with the selfies in our local nightclub. Those photos tell lots of stories that maybe would have been forgotten.

The Nineties

I bought my first SLR in Hong Kong in 1990 on my way back from my travels. I then sold it a few years later as I never used it (because it didn’t fit in my bag or pocket).

See, I had no idea HOW to create the photo, but I could SEE it. I knew what I wanted to create but didn’t know how. I remember re-creating the photos in my Berlitz travel guide whenever I was travelling.

The Noughties

I was always led to believe that I wasn’t creative and I never questioned it until being in my 40s. What is creative? Just because you cannot draw or paint doesn’t mean that you are not creative. I think creativity is different things to different people. Looking back, I have been creative all my life. Through writing, scrapbooks, collages and journals. When the digital age came I created photo books and I created my first blog in 2005 and my second in 2007.

The Twenty-tens

The internet ….. I love the internet. When I was just a kid, I used to wish that there was a huge book with all the answers. I mean, ALL the answers. I always wanted to know everything. Little did I know that I was thinking about the www. In recent years the world has become so much smaller as we use the internet to learn, entertain, share and communicate.

You can read my second blog post on Blossom’s photography journey very soon.

Love Blossom x