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Rich Tatum

I've been making photos since I discovered the 35mm camera in 1985. I've been shooting ever since, sometimes even getting paid for it (not always as fun as I had hoped!). Most of the time I just captured whatever caught my fancy. When I was paid to shoot, I made thousands of photos. When I wasn't being paid, I made mere hundreds. And when finances were tight, I shot nothing.

And was sad.

Finances are still tight, but in better years I bought my wife a Nikon CoolPix 3200. It's a tiny camera with few options and no manual control. That would offend my "artistic sensibilities" except for the fact that it can produce some really nice photos. So, of course, I "borrow" it from time to time, and life is good because I don't have to pay for negatives, prints, or developing. Or shoeboxes. In mid-2008 I "upgraded" to a little Sony point-and-shoot that increased my megapixel size, but didn't really improve the macro stuff I enjoy so much. (Naturally, shortly after its purchase, the lens zoom broke. So, I'm limited to wide-angle and macro by default!)

Someday I'll buy, beg for, borrow,or steal a nice negative scanner and put my old black and white stuff online. But for now I get to subject you to my digital macro/closeup fetish and random pictures of my kids. And, someday, I also aspire to afford a real 35mm format dSLR digital camera.

One can always dream...

For more about my photographic journey, see my blog post: "Making Art: photography, my gallery, and a rambling discourse."

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