Hi there everyone my name is Kaz and I am a photography addict! There I feel much better now in just sharing that. I am (in a few days time) 54 years young.
I have always loved photography as long as I can remember. It first started when I was a teenager and I saved up week after week my hard earned money to buy my first SLR which was a Praktica. Do they still make these? It was within my budget and my boyfriend and I would take pictures of a weekend and then send the film away and wait for a week or so until the pictures were returned. In saying this last sentence I feel like I just came off the Ark but back in the day of non instant gratification, we had to wait patiently to see the results of our labour and then hone our skills accordingly. So different nowadays when we look at the shot instantly and keep or discard at our whim. Also our darkroom is on a computer with no chemicals needed. Just reflecting now my first foray into photography it feels like a lifetime ago and the changes have been immense. Were pixels invented back then?
Although my passion for photography has been over a 35 year or so period, I am still a beginner. In my 20s I discovered the addiction of travel and my photography went out the window and I sold my then Ricoh SLR to fund my travel and bought an instamatic camera for all those crazy night parties on Contiki trips which didn’t need any input from the brain to push the button! There was no thought to the magic hour of dawn and dusk for the best light or rule of thirds… it was whose room is the party in tonight! Having a wise head now I should have taken that opportunity to hone my travel photography and take the SLR with me but who was thinking in their 20s right!
About eight years ago I purchased my DSLR Canon 1000D, nothing flash but a great entry level camera. I still have this camera today and it has been a trusty companion. When I first bought it I was worried that I had forgotten most of my knowledge of an SLR so for a few years I was a couch photographer, appreciating other peoples photos, reading my subscription to a monthly photo magazine and looking online for inspiration and tips on techniques. I was too scared to get out there in case I made a mistake.
All of a sudden magically this year inspiration kicked in and I cannot stop taking photos. All that knowledge from my couch has come into play and I am out amongst nature trying to catch a glimpse of its majesty. I enrolled in a competition, which I knew on entering that I wouldn’t win any prizes or mentions BUT hoped it would give me inspiration. I have that in leaps and bounds now and cannot be stopped. The competition was the impetus that I needed to draw out my appreciation and love for photography. Every trip now I am excited as I am not sure what to expect and what I will see and what my photographs will look like when I get home. I cant wait to turn on the computer, put in my SD card and see what magic has transpired during the day. True excitement was something I didn’t feel often and now I am like a kid in a candy store. It has restored my enthusiasm for life in general, not that I was depressed or sad, but now I feel I have purpose and get so much joy from it and that is a bonus in my life. Its a celebration.
So long story short… that’s how I came to blog. I wanted to document my photography and show myself how far I have come and where I need to go. I thought combining photography and day trips from the wonderful Gold Coast Australia would give my blog some interest to others other than just the photography but in the end I’m doing it for myself and having other people like my blog and commenting and joining in as a community is icing on the cake. I also love DIY with vintage finds along the way.