I am a full time gardener by trade as well as a self taught photographer, I have dabbled for many a year since starting with a Zenit, which was quite a handful for a youngster and have had a keen interest since digital first started and I still have my Olympus E-10, but took a much more dedicated interest about 2009 having upgraded to a Digital SLR.
I have used Olympus Micro Four Thirds and Nikon DSLR's, but found I was not enjoying my photography as much as I had hoped, until I got a Fuji X-E1 which ignited my enthusiasm once more and then when Fuji brought out the XT-1 I converted completely and am now a devoted Fuji fan with no regrets.
Having joined the camera club scene and dealt with various roles and positions within, especially the competition side, I started to get interested in the concept of judging and then took the plunge to start as a provisional judge in November 2013 with the KCPA and gained my accredited status, as of 1st May 2016 and also achieved Level 2 status with SxPF which is a major jump from just hoping to be being registered.
Since starting as a judge I have had the privilege and honour of being invited to clubs covering 5 different counties to appraise their work which is always interesting as well as inspiring to see the wide range of diverse work across the clubs and to see the clubs changes/development on return visits.
My love of street/people photography has led me to attend Photo24 London for five years running (This is a great event held in London over 24hours non-stop usually towards end of June) in 2016 not only did I get to complete Photo24 again, but was privileged to be part of the organisers team, which allowed me to see things from the other side not just an attendee, so here to future years events and I am in the process of developing a talk which relays my experiences, challenges and images from time attending Photo24 London.