FPSSA, APSSA(Vers), AFIAP, AV-APSSA
My interest in photography started at the age of fifteen when I watched a friend’s father developing prints in a darkroom. The bug bit and I was soon developing my own prints in a converted closet under the stairs with homemade developing tank, enlarger and print dryer. After leaving school, I packed up the darkroom and for many years reverted to the “happy snap” mode, recording my children growing up. Sadly the prints have deteriorated and the photographic memories have faded….if only we had digital photography back then.
It was only in 2000 that I became seriously interested in photography when I bought my first digital compact camera and within two years had upgraded to my first Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (Canon naturally). Being reasonably computer literate it was easy for me to pick up the techniques for enhancing photos using various software programmes. This was very exciting and offered me a great opportunity for experimentation and creativity.
In January 2004 I joined the George Camera Club and started to submit photos for my club star grading starting as a One Star worker. During that year I also joined the PSSA and entered my first National Salon and later entered the International Salon scene in order to qualify for my FIAP honours. I am a recognised Judge in both Digital Photography and Audio Visual for PSSA Salons and serve on the PSSA Honours Panel. I have run various workshops for photographers in the Western Cape.
In 2007 I received my APSSA Honours in Digital Photography and in October 2008, after gaining honours in both Audio Visual and Published works, I was awarded my APSSA Versatility. In February 2011 I was awarded my Fellowship in the Photographic Society of South Africa (FPSSA) and in October of that year gained my AFIAP (Artiste FIAP) in the International Federation of Photographic Art.
Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
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