Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
I've often envied her because I suspect, like you do, that she engaged in photography purely for fun and had all of her other worldly needs sufficiently taken care of.
There is no speculation involved, it's a fact that the Cameron family were very well off and owned a coffee plantation in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The camera was initially bought as a gift to give her something to do when they moved to the Isle of Wight. It was a gift from her daughter who probably realised that her mother's life here would be very different to the life she was used to in Ceylon and that she would need something to occupy her time.

I doubt that anyone realised how much enthusiasm she would have for photography.

EDIT: I just saw this on the JMC Trust website: http://www.dimbola.co.uk/news/call-for-entries-26.aspx