Photography has been a passion of mine for a long time… I guess it runs in the family. My first ever camera was an Agfa Pocket, a small format film camera which I got when I was about six or seven years old. And even then, I loved taking pictures. In my mid-teens I treated myself to a second-hand Porst 35mm camera, which was effectively a clone of an old Minolta (….whatever happened to that brand?…). It was that camera which really sparked my enthusiasm for photography.
I still have fond memories of the days of 24 or 36 exposure films, and the anxious wait for the pictures to come back from the photo lab. I often think that film really focused your mind. I would only take a picture when I was sure it was worthwhile, as both film and the development were expensive. Nowadays of course we have all got into the habit of taking almost inflationary numbers of images, which we then forget about stored in some corner of our harddisks.
Unfortunately the flat I stayed in in early 1996 got broken into, and along with my stereo, my great little Porst camera as well as the 28mm, 50mm and 80mm lenses were stolen. I replaced this with another second hand camera, this time a Canon with a zoom lens. I never really enjoyed taking pictures with the Canon as much as I had with my Porst, and for a while I lost my interest in photography a little.
Then in the mid- to late 90s of course we saw the advent of digital cameras. With the early models I felt that the colours didn’t quite match those of conventional film cameras, but I eventually I gave in and bought first a Nikon and then a Canon compact digital camera. Whilst they both were great for holiday snaps, I felt that I needed something a bit more powerful to develop my photography.
Since the summer of 2011 I have been shooting with a Nikon Coolpix P7000. Whilst it doesn’t offer me the same possibilities as a fully-fledged DSLR, I absolutely love taking pictures with the P7000. The fact that I can still put it into my jacket pocket is fantastic, and at the same time it gives me enough scope to tinker around with the pictures post production. And who knows, maybe in the new year I will treat myself to a DSLR at last…