Insights - Dee Wareham, 12 Sep 2020

Insights - occasional articles about our club members - Dee Wareham, 12 September 2020
'Insights' is a series of occasional articles about our club members. We hope you have been enjoying reading these short articles about some of our members and their journey so far in photography. On this occasion, here is an insight into Dee Wareham.

I have always enjoyed looking at photographs. When I was a girl I was fascinated to look at my father’s and also my grandfathers’ pictures, as well as the National Geographic magazines to which my father subscribed.

It was a little while later, from the age of about 18, that I had a Box Brownie and then an Agfa Sillette camera in 1961, which gave me the opportunity to take family and holiday snaps until about 1989 when I joined Weymouth Photographic Society.

Not long after that I decided to move across to Dorchester Camera Club in around 1990. Back in those days, (like a lot of us!) I was taking slides and black and white negative film using our own darkroom for both mono and Cibachrome prints.

Over the fullness of time, I have tried just about every genre of photography, having taken part in all Club competitions. I particularly enjoy the challenge of set subjects which I may not have attempted otherwise and would encourage others to do so. I also like to make Panels of up to five images.

The landscapes I like to take tend to be fairly minimalist or are to be used as part of creative images which I construct in Photoshop. My aim with these is to tell a story and / or create an artistic image. For me, photography as an art form, is underrated.

Early on, when I was attending a photography evening class, the teacher leading the course gave me the following piece of advice - “It is not the equipment that makes a good photo, but what you do with it”. I think I can say that is exactly what I put into practice!

Hence my kit is not expensive! After a Minolta SLR film camera I have had a Canon 300D and 350D, a couple of small digital compacts and now a Panasonic FZ200 and a Huawei smartphone. All of which have produced good prints up to 36cm on the longest side.

Over the years I have enjoyed too many of my photographs to be able to pick a favourite, but have been happy to have won several awards along the way. However, I don’t wish to enter Salons or work towards RPS or PAGB qualifications, but to simply enjoy the images I take and see where the creativeness takes me.

~ by “Camera Shy"