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Joined Jan 10 2013
77 years old
Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
Time Before Time - the Big Bang
I have been taking photographs since the age of nine years, when my parents gave me my first camera for my birthday. The camera was Brownie Cresta II complete with a roll of 120 monochrome film. I was hooked on photography from that time on, over the next year I saved up my pocket-money to purchase a flash gun for the Brownie, costing one pound, seventeen shillings and six pence (27/6), this took just over six months of saving, With this basic equipment I achieved success in two photographic competitions, one of which was a national competition.
Soon after starting work as an aeronautical engineer, I purchased a Russian made Cosmic 35 camera, later adding a light meter and hot-shoe flashgun. I soon found myself taking photographs for the Apprentice Association Magazine, 'Whirly Wings', which had circulation of over 2000 copies. Soon after Derek upgraded to his trusty Pentax Spotmatic, which served him into the late nineteen-nineties, when he transferred to digital.