I bought my first camera in 1968 with the aim of documenting my newly born baby’s life for posterity. Little did I know then that four more children and seven grandchildren (to-date) would follow. Photography soon became a serious hobby. I even set up a makeshift darkroom in a spare bedroom in our flat in Germany; I developed B&W film and enlarged the resulting images. Slide shows became a common family entertainment.
My cameras, one loaded with B&W film and the other with colour, accompanied me on trips to the UK and USA. A change of job and a seven-year stay in the USA as well as an addition to the family enriched the motives between 1972 and 1979 when we moved back to Germany with another family addition in 1980. I scanned many of the images from those times and you can see them in the EARLY WOK and FAMILY SCANS galleries.
My early work was shot on B&W and transparency film with an inexpensive East German Praktica SLR camera and sundry equally inexpensive lenses. I have never been able to afford to ‘over-indulge in camera equipment, preferring to think that the results of my photographic efforts were due more to my eye and not the camera I used. I did flirt briefly with an early semi-automatic SLR but ended up passing it on to my second daughter. She used it to develop her fledgling interest in photography and excelled to the extent that she is now a worldwide renowned fine-art and commercial photographer.
Between 1986 and 2003 there was essentially a break in my photographic activities as a result of having to concentrate on earning a living. I became an OAP in 2003 and resettled for good in the UK. By this time, of course, everything was digital, I soon persuaded myself to learn how to use PhotoShop and undertook the tough task of scanning my 50- to 70-year-old B&W and colour images into a more appropriate form.
The digitalised results from my scanning efforts are reproduced here as are also the images that has accrued since 2003, including those from a 2-year sojourn in China. In short, the images you see here represent a visible autobiography of 50-odd years of my life.