My first real foray into photography began many years ago when I was introduced to a 35mm camera by an old friend. My father had just died and I was devastated. This old friend, Eddie, had been taking photographs for many years, developing his own black and white images. I became quite hooked and began to enjoy taking photographs of people including those in the local pub at weekends.
One young lady, Carol Owens, helped me a lot by letting me take shots of her at church, at her parents house and back garden, and at a local castle, Hylton Castle. I was really rather lucky as at the time she was 15, 16 and I was five years older than her, but her parents were very friendly and trusting. I’m not sure I could have been that trusting when my daughter was that age. Of course, they had nothing to worry about.
My technique and ability wasn’t particularly good, but Carol was really helpful and let me make all kinds of mistakes and we had a bit of a laugh along the way. By making the mistakes, and spending the time doing this to learn about my equipment, I learned valuable lessons that helped me immensely in my later photography.
The above two images I came across in a box of photographs that we probably all have and have forgotten about. They were scanned on a flatbed scanner and edited in Photoshop. These shots were taken several decades ago, which I guess she won’t be too keen on me saying.
However, Carol, if you see this, get in touch. I would love to have the chance to photograph you and your family and provide you with some images (I’ve improved a lot – honest!).
Thanks for helping me all those years ago, I’m truly grateful.