Profile on Alan
There's pictures everywhere, truth be told !
It all started with a roll of colour film and a rangefinder camera.
My dad gave me his old Russian 35mm Zorki 4K with a 50mm lens. I still have it.
All manual. I liked it.
It all grew from there. My high school art teacher said I should consider photography as a career. So I was accepted at college in Glasgow.
After gaining a Vocational Diploma in Photography at Glasgow College of Building and Printing I started in Boots colour printing for commercial real world experience.
I then put together a darkroom in my house.
There were always prints hanging up in the bathroom !
I then started to freelance for Johnston Press and also took an opportunity to work as a photographic printer for the top photographers in The Scotsman darkroom in Edinburgh.
This convinced me to follow my passion.
After a time I was offered a staff photographer position with Johnston Press which later with expansion bought The Scotsman.
Now I'm a freelance again working mainly in editorial and PR, but also have a passion for automotive photography.
I'm also fascinated by the way our architecture and vehicles have the ability to shape the way we live, both work and leisure.
My love of photography embraces the co-existence of film and digital. Change is good, it opens up choice and approach.
No matter who we are and our background photography is a level playing field. A creative process, a crucible.
By pursuing our goals and challenging ourselves come the rewards, and the pure enjoyment of creativity.
Each of us can follow the path we choose and enjoy the process.
After all, it's not all about the destination, it's the journey...
I still love it...