Always carry a camera…
I developed a love of photography back in the early sixties after I took a holiday snap of my Mother looking out to sea which a little Kodak Brownie 127 which turned out rather good. I then joined the school camera club - ok I did have a schoolgirl crush for the teacher; Mr Clayton who ran the after school club, but also I wanted to lean more about photography.
As my interest increased, and fuelled with a decent camera from my parents for Christmas, I would save my pocket money and buy the ‘Amateur Photographer’ which was and still is a must for budding photography enthusiasts.
A regular contributor to the magazine back then was Victor Blackman whose articles I read avidly and who regularly advised readers to ‘Always carry a camera’.
I remember being fortunate to go to one of Victor Blackman’s talks many years later and at the end after showing and talking about many of his successful photographs, he asked the audience if anyone had bought along their camera, several hands went up - sadly though not mine. Victor Blackman then whipped out a very small camera and proceeded to photograph the audience adding ‘As I always say, always carry a camera!’.
Since then I have always tried to do so and now with the wonderful arrival of digital cameras I am never without my camera, even when I go shopping.
It has stood me in good stead over the years and I have managed to catch a few shots which I could have missed as you will see
I hope I manage to capture many more interesting ‘spontaneous’ photo’s so thank you Mr Blackman for your excellent advice and I will try to ‘always carry a camera‘.