A little known fact is that I actually studied Photography at A-level and devoted a large part of my degree to it…which means that being the age I am, the majority of that work was done on film! I loved being in the dark room and watching the images coming to life. There really was no better feeling, when after all the experimentation you actually nailed the final result. I also loved my camera, more than life itself so it was no surprise really that I cried for three days straight when I left it in an unmarked cab after a wedding in London. Even less of a surprise was crying for three days straight when a relatively new and fantastic friend gave me the almost identical camera as a gift because she no longer used it. The kindness of people never ceases to amaze me. And nor does my stupidity. Because while it has been gathering dust in my house (because I haven’t yet had a chance to buy film and use it) it hadn’t even dawned on me to buy an adapter for all the cracking old lenses I had, and was given, in order to use them on my new fangled digital wotsit. That was, until a photographer friend of mine did the same and gave me the kick up the backside I so badly needed. So that’s what I did. Put old, Olympus, manual lenses on my new Canon DSLR and took pictures of my kid. Here are just some of the many faces of Elsie, some new and some old, just like the kit I was photographing her on.
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