Stone Age Stan.
I am a well travelled Brit-Git that has retired from active necessary wage earning. I started my photographic exploits in the Middle East under the guidance of NATO during the first of many Suez conflicts in the early fifties, the least said about that the better, but it was a real eye opener as to human behavior.
A few years later I moved to London and became well involved in the investigation of crime and forensics, yet another eye opener.
About twenty five years later I decided to change my modus operandi and became a Freelance Photographer under the guise of PicTec, incorporated in 1982. I worked and travelled around the UK attending photographing and writing reports Yachting events.
My family then started to influence me in my work. My three daughters
all had an artistic flair and although I tried to keep them near to home for selfish reasons, it was not to be. All attended art schools and are now well established artists in the States and in UK. None took up the photography bait!
So, I am now left alone with my wife of 53 years to do just as I please within the law. I still take commissions for photographic and art work which helps the domestic budget.
Over the years I have retained all my photograpic equipment, never bothering to chop it in to update gear, all is still in very good working order. My equipment range is: 5X4 to 35mm with all the usual ancillary equipment and lenses.
My life long ambition is to make work and pleasure synonymous, I think I have made it....Stan. L-B
welcome Stan - where abouts in the south are you?
At present I am in East Dorset, a pretty place close to the New Forest and the Solent. I have lived here for the past ten years. I miss some of the advantages of the big bad city, but as each season passes I feel I made the right choice in my move. I still tend to travel to remote areas, but recently have confined my jants to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
I try to be sympathetic to modern innovation and ideas and when doing so I make an effort to retain my own developed attitude and values. I enjoy my photography as much now as when I started and look forward to continue for the foreseeable future. Thanks for your welcome. Stan. L-B
You sound like a great story teller. I look forward to seeing some of your work and reading the stories that go along with them.
Married 53 years! Geez if I add up all of mine (marriages that is) I still don't come close.
I started my photographic exploits in the Middle East under the guidance of NATO during the first of many Suez conflicts in the early fifties
Hello Stan. Welcome to the forum. I passed through the Suez Canal on the East Africa to UK run in the early '50s. I don't suppose you could have been one of the guys I might have seen guarding the bank !!
I had a dirty job at Port Suez. It included getting wet in the stinking canal mud with under water breathing gear, looking, or more a acurately, feeling for explosives and mines about the jetty area. Trying to use a camera without being detected!
I nearly bought it a few times mostly by taking chances in not wearing protective gear against blood sucking fish and other nasties thereabouts. Yes, I got the pictures! Stan. L-B