Although my professional career was in science, I have always been interested in art and design and have studied Fashion Design, Interior Design and Art History. I have been taking photographs since I was in school, mainly as records of holidays and special occasions. My photographic epiphany came when I acquired a Nikon Coolscan and Photoshop 4 in the 1990’s which opened up the whole new world of digital manipulation of my slides and negatives. I bought my first digital camera in 2002 and now use a Nikon Z7 and Photoshop CC. I joined Conwy Camera Club ten years ago and the talks and competitions encouraged me to look more critically at my photographs and motivated me to review and work on my existing images as well as adding to the enjoyment of taking new ones. I like to take pictures which suggest a story and although they are usually heavily manipulated in Photoshop, my aim is usually to produce an image which could have come straight from the camera. Very often I have a picture in my mind and set off on a quest to find the relevant components. I gained the qualifications of AWPF in 2015 and LRPS and CPAGB in 2016.
Images Most of them are self explanatory –
Aspens – montage of tree trunks and autumn leaves, won the Cambrian competition at the Annual Dinner this year. Printed on silk and quilted, it was awarded third prize at this year’s North Wales Open.
Two faces of Russia – I saw the Vogue advert from the bus on a tour of Russia and then spent the rest of the time looking for a suitably contrasting lady and a street to put them on.
Posh Squat – this is made up of separate photographs of various items with the wall constructed in Photoshop.
Sculpture gallery – a very messy background was replaced and the two other sculptures added.
Grand Central Station – to keep the clean lines of this picture I had to remove a couple of people and a waste bin!