When I was a kid…

When people ask me how long I’ve been taking photos, they’re often surprised by my answer. I was in Grade 5 when my parents bought me a Kodak 110 point-and-shoot camera to capture memories of summer camp.

In Grade 8, my parents took me out of school one day to watch the launching of a new ship in Collingwood. It took two and a half swipes of the film advance to get to the next frame, and I did that as fast as I could. Swipe, swipe, swipe, click! Swipe, swipe, swipe, click! until the 24-exposure roll of film was finished. I got the processed pictures back days later and showed my classmates and teacher the near flipbook images. I became the unofficial class photographer that day.


I don’t have those pictures anymore, but I do have an album of my March Break trip to France with my Grade 13 French class. Looking back at those images, I see that I already understood how photography was the art of capturing light. Take for instance the photograph I scanned and posted here. I took this image of stained glass from inside Notre Dame Basilica in Paris. I remember being in awe of the coloured light shining into the dimly lit historic site.

Going to journalism school, I learned to use a 35mm camera, which gave me better control of the images I took. Unfortunately, working for more than a decade as a reporter/photographer took the joy out of photography for me. There were too many pictures to take of people nervously posing on days I wasn’t feeling inspired.

In recent years, no longer forced to take pictures every day as part of my job, I’ve rediscovered my passion for making art with my camera and I’m so glad I did. I hope you do too when you see my creations at FlashDesignsStudio.com.

One thought on “When I was a kid…

  1. Thank you for your blog. I too, was that kid, and back in a time when film was expensive and film developing even more expensive. There is so much value in documenting the story, and what a gift to have a record of it. My children currently mock me because I am always the one to lug a camera and stop them in their tracks to get the perfect shot, but I feel that if I didn’t the memories would soon be lost.

    It is interesting that you are attracted to light. Beautiful photos like the one you posted bring such joy to me. I would love to take a photography program one day to be able to capture those images but at the moment I find them by accident using the auto feature on my DSLR camera. My personal favourite thing to capture are relationships. I am often asked to photograph the Canadian Military Wives Choir here in Ottawa and I love finding and showcasing the sister-ship and camaraderie in the photos. I believe that demonstrates the story I want to tell.

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