I first picked up a camera in high school in 1983 - and fell in love.
My first paycheque in 1984 paid for a Pentax K1000 and I was off on a torrent love affair. I took pictures as often as I could and couldn't wait to get into a darkroom to get the results. Then, of course, I had to show everyone I knew what I had done; they were very patient with me.
There were some bumpy times during that love affair and it lasted for over 20 years. However, it slowly faded away and in 2004 it was over. I would occasionally pick up my camera for a brief fling, but the joy and love I felt were gone.
It came back in 2010 on a trip to Prince Edward Island. I discovered the joy of looking for the shot and capturing that moment in time. Now, I wake up every morning and can't wait to find the shot. Most times I don't know what it will be until I snap the shutter button and that is what is so much fun. Most of my shots aren't masterpieces, but for me it is the process as much as it is the result.
Photography for me is no longer about the beautiful print that everyone will love. No, for me it is to capture a moment in time.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada