I've been taking photographs for at least 50 years (That makes me about 60) . I think what got me started was a fascination for cameras , the idea that this elaborate machine could record what I see and even what I feel to some degree .
I am still fascinated with the cameras of my youth and I have quite a few old cameras (10 different models of the Kodak Retina for example) and I still have a love for Hasselblads . The change to auto-focus and now digital has been stressful .
I used to shoot mainly architucture and landscapes until a friend looking at my vacation photos asked if I never saw any people on my vacation . I had to admit that I saw them alright but only as something in the way of the shot I wanted . Since then I have been photographing people more , especially children . I still have no good photos of boys (why won't they pose like girls will ?) except doing sports . I also like things that move fast like racing cars , horses , kids on bikes .
My latest acquisition is a Nikon D70 (partly because I've always used Nikon and all those lenses fit and work) , and I still also use a Nikon 401s and a "point and shoot" Minox 35 mm . I do occasionally get out the Hasselblads just for fun .
The photo at left was taken by my good friend Gerrit Verstraete while we were wandering around Little Qualicum Falls in British Columbia .