Welcome to my Photo Website

I developed a love for photography at a young age when I first used my Dad’s Rolleicord twin-lens reflex
camera to take photos of train sets and plastic models.  I bought my first single-lens reflex camera, a Pentax,
as a teenager and my favourite subjects were my friends and landscapes.  It was mostly B&W photography
in those days and I was taught by my uncle how to develop film and prints in the darkroom.  Watching a print
develop was a magical experience.

As a photographer, I have a very simple philosophy - I try to create beautiful and interesting images.  Ideally,
my images should be iconic without being clichéd.  My usual output medium is my website, but I also prepare
and sell framed prints and jpegs.

My website presents a rather wide variety of photographic subjects and styles.  A friend once advised me to
find a specialty and stick with it.  This was perhaps a good suggestion, but I thought it would be very limiting.  
So, I explore many subjects, including landscapes, flowers, nature, people, architecture, abstracts, birds, and
macro photography.

I attempt to look at a subject with a view to capturing its essence, trying to eliminate the extraneous.  I am
drawn to scenes and objects by the presence of lines and shapes, shadows, reflections, contrast, colour and
simplicity.  I like colour but I really like black & white.

The introduction of digital cameras and Photoshop opened up new possibilities for creativity.  I consider
much of my latest work, which entails a fair degree of computer manipulation, to be "photo art.”

I derive my inspiration from two main sources.  For the most part I find that walking around with my camera
will usually result in something good - my surroundings are full of latent images just waiting to be captured.  If I
need outside inspiration I will go to an art gallery and view the masters.  I owe a debt of thanks to my father,
who possessed the photographic eye, and my uncle, who first introduced me to the magical darkroom.

John Edkins

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
email: edkinsjn@gmail.com
website: edkinsphoto.com
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