Expressing My Vision Of The Photography 1 Course

Hi

I have recently completed Drawing 1 with the OCA. I am now embarking on two more courses viz. Photography 1 – Expressing Your Vision, and Printmaking 1.

My first camera cost eight shillings from Woolworths. It had a wire viewfinder fastened to the top. My first ‘proper’ camera was a Zenit B in the early 70s which cost £25 – two weeks wages! It was fully manual and, if nothing else, it taught me about depth of field and the relationship between aperture and shutter speed. I now use a Canon EOS 1100D.

The photographer who has impressed me most lately is Carrie Mae Weems whose work I saw at the Guggenheim in New York earlier this year.

I used to be a member of Bolton Digital Photographic Society, but left for a number of reasons including the high emphasis on competitions. One thing that used to annoy me too was talk about equipment. I often asked if they thought Michelangelo went on about chisels! One aspect of the club I did enjoy was the ‘themed’ competitions as it forced me to think about then go and get photographs which fitted that theme, often shots I would not have normally taken. I’m hoping this course will provide similar stimulation.

(The photograph in the header above is Sunrise on the Ganges, taken at Varanasi in 2009.)

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About notes to the milkman

I'm a printmaker based in the North West of England, living in Bolton and printing at Hot Bed Press in Salford. Please visit my website johnpindararts.weebly.com
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