I always have had an eye for the little things, decorative details, quirky stuff. When I was a teenager, into photography, I liked nothing better than cycling around my town, photographing the details of Victorian houses; doorknobs, terracotta tiles, peeling paint, brick patterns. I am the child of an architectural historian, after all, and the influence was very strong.

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I still love the details of architecture, its probably in my DNA. My dad also gave me my first real camera, an Olympus OM1, which I still have and can’t bear to part with. Its been almost 19 years – it was old then, and its still going now, despite having been dropped many times, including a near miss with the Thames, once.

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My love of photography has waxed and waned over the years but going on holiday was an excuse, a reason, to photograph all the odd little bits and pieces which delighted me.
Somewhere new, a different country, full of details and differences is always fun.


I’ve got masses of pictures of Mexico, India, France and Spain, all in the old-fashioned film format. Digital photography has of course changed the way I take photos and of course the amount of photos I take. Blogging too has fundamentally changed what I photograph. The urge to catalogue life in photos, for here, for other blogs, for Flickr and just for fun, is really strong.

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Blogging has inspired me take up photography for fun again. As I usually photograph my own textile work, it had become something I did for work, rather than just for the sheer pleasure of it.

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Buying a small pocket camera last year also helped – lugging the big black beast (Canon EOS 350D) around was a bit of a drag. The pocket one means I always have it in my handbag, ready for the odd and the random of daily life. I don’t always remember to take pictures and even when I do, they often aren’t very interesting, but just having the camera makes me look, think, compose, create.

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When I went to Switzerland, I took both. The pocket camera for the transitory few hours in Paris, for random unexciting views out of the train windows (something I wouldn’t have done before blogging) and in the Baden spa as its waterproof.

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Mostly, though, I took the big black and made the most of the “I’m a tourist and I can photograph strange things with impunity” immunity. Looking back over my Switzerland photos, the majority (other than snow) are of shop windows and buildings. Even the snow ones show a love of abstract detail.

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Yeah, this one’s a bit grey and I know that it could be brighter and better. But I took it out of a moving train and all I wanted was to capture the feeling of the snow, the softness of the edges. I don’t mind its not perfect. I could probably do something in Photoshop to alter it. I’ve not tweaked any of my photographs and I have neither time nor real inclination to do so.

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I’m no great photographer. I’m not interested in the technicalities of it. I’ve tried to learn several times and it just doesn’t stick. I use the SLR in a semi-manual mode, but on the whole, just tend to point and click. Maybe its just because I’ve got an artist’s eye that I manage to produce some good pictures. I know I rush, but that’s what I’m like. But on a snow-covered mountain in brilliant sunshine, its hard to take a bad photo.

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I’ve made no new year’s resolutions. I might make an 11th January resolution for more photography. Not for any reason, not for work, not because I have to. Just because I want to.

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