I display my photos here for your viewing pleasure - they are not for sale.
I became serious about photography rather late in life; but I've discovered it's never too late to learn new skills. I could argue that capturing images is in my DNA.
I remember as a young pre-school lad going on excursions with my father to take photos of construction sites. When first married, my dad earned a meager income working in a photography studio where he learned chemical photo processing in dark-rooms. He then graduated to doing studio photography. And he even taught photography in night school.
His first camera purchase was a Graphlex 22, "America's favorite twin-lense camera". From there he moved on to freelance work and graduated to the large professional format 4x5 Super-D Graflex with which he produced stunning black and white photos. I used to help him develop these in his home darkroom.
I always wanted to take photos that had the impact of those I remember my dad taking. Over the years, I must have purchased over a dozen cameras. But alas, I never came close. Looking back, I now realise that I was basically a 'point and shoot' guy, always relying on the auto-capture button. The results were bland and boring.
Due to a change in circumstances, last year I found myself with a lot of spare time on my hands. So I decided to get serious about my innate photography interest. I purchase a high quality Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera with some good Canon lense. I started reading and attending (via the Internet) a number of basic photography courses. I was hooked, the results I started to achieve were pleasing - to me at least. I have since replaced my 5D Mark II with a Canon 5D Mark III and have added a Sony Alpha 6000 mirrorless camera to my artillery.
As time progressed I discover I was actually beginning to understand the photography process, both pre and post capture. So this site is intended to journal this progress. At first I watermarked my photos, but I came to realise this was my ego controlling my brain. Since I'm not a professional, and do not sell my work, I really don't mind if people use my photos (as long as they acknowledge the source).
My more recent work is posted without any watermarks. The photos on this site are protected, meaning only small version can be downloaded. My fear is not being ripped-off, as much as being ignored.
If you like my work, and would like to use any of it, please contact me using the contact link located at the bottom of this page, and I will likely be agreeable. I can then send you larger version of the photo (if I have retained the original).
Thanks for reading - Don
“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”
Dorothea Lange 1895 – 1965