Photography and I – Part 1

As a young girl at school I was always taking happy snaps of family, friends, animals and holidays but never took the interest further to learn the art of photography, to be honest I was not interested much at all in school or learning so many opportunities past me by.

In my late teens once out of school and out on my own I met an interesting man into photography and he introduced me to the world of Norman Parkinson, a leading fashion photographer of his time for Harper’s Bizarre and Vogue Magazine during the 30′s, 40′s, 50′s and 60′s and that is when I feel in love with Portrait and Fashion photography. My first poster print I owned was called “Age of Elegance” a beautiful photo taken by Norman Parkinson of his wife Wenda.

Photo Copyright Norman Parkinson

Photo Copyright Norman Parkinson

Although I found a love and passion the way life goes I never got around to finding out how to take more than happy snaps. I found life, love and got married and had a child and between work and home life passed by all too quick.
In 2009 my sister in law was struck with Cancer and that event changed my life and made me look at things differently, you can’t just let life go by without participation and it also made me more appreciate the unspoken still moment of life, that being a photograph.

In 2010 I found Bluedog Photography and booked my first photography course, a beginners, it was there I met some people who changed my life forever, I won’t actually mention the names but those close to me know who they are. I remember near the end of the day at that first course I was a mess, I couldn’t remember whether I needed a slow or fast shutter speed to blur the water and for a moment thought I guess I may have the passion but not the brains, however the Bluedog tutor came to me and talked me through that process again, she was so patient and said to me it was ok with so much information many people forget by this stage and smiled at me whilst I was almost in tears and pushed me through the process and we got the photo.

Photo Copyright Solo Images

Photo Copyright Solo Images

Well that was it I was hooked. Since that first course I have had many moments of frustration, tears and doubt but with the help and guidance the tutors at Bluedog Photography I keep pushing to strive for a better photo and to keep learning the wonderful art of Photography.

Join my on my next Blog when I will deal with more of my photography experiences so far.

Please feel free to leave me a comment perhaps about your photography experience.


Welcome to Solo Images

Welcome, I have never been much of a writer but thought it would be great to have a blog on my site to share my experiences and passion of photography with those who wish to take an interest.

I sat down last night thinking what would be a good first topic and whilst contemplating this I actually looked back to what my first inspiration was and what was deeply at the core of my love of this art.

What I found in the deep dark background was the very moment I fell in love with photography, I was 19 and was given a print of a photo taken by Norman Parkinson called “Age of Elegance”. This photo was taken in the 1950’s and is of Norman’s wife draped ever so beautifully across an old rolls, simple but so stunning.

Once I got this photo I started to look into the world of Norman Parkinson and his photography and still today find this man so inspiring. His portrait photos are amazing and I believe even after 60 odd years so timeless.

I hope that in the years that follow someone will look at a photo that I have taken and fall in love with photography, just like I did.