I started shooting around 2002 and caught the bug. I shoot film, recently even Kodachrome before it goes away at the end of 2010. I have a couple of 35mm cameras including a Canon A-1, MF Bronica SQAi for really nice images and Sinar P 4x5 just because it slows you down so much and produces chromes to dream about. At 17 pounds + kit I have taken the Sinar up 2-3 km trails and back, but that's it for me, it stays in the home studio mostly.
I have shot with decent digital (Calamp shot below), but the only digital I own is the 2meg pixel in my cell phone. Its not half bad. It makes a great little camera for street and carry photos. Produces way too many images to even considering filing them in any order, I just use the date in the file name and drop them in a dir somewhere. Mostly they're throw away images.
At one point I thought I could make a little sideline out of photography, but you need to be better at marketing and sales than I am. Anybody with digital can get a perfect exposure and wing it. Weddings? did one for fun/free, no more thanks.
Montreal is a B market for high end commercial image making at best, all the pro stuff is done in NY, LA or Paris, Milan etc. I'll stick to doing it for fun.
Product image for a brochure or trade show background (© Ed Prest)
Portraiture (©Ed Prest)
Editorial (©Ed Prest)
Art for fun (©Ed Prest)
Photography did lead me into learning some art (I knew absolutely nothing to start with) and some graphic design. This strangely enough helped in my renovations of my 50 year old house. Can you say - Art Deco?
Art Deco is an opulent style from the 1930's and its lavishness counters the austerity imposed by World War I. Because it's a rich and festive aesthetic, doing a full up art deco renovation can be expensive and very time consuming. A lot of detail work is involved in the simplest execution. I took the parts of a design element I liked and modified it to make it practical without loosing too much of its essential character.
This image of my front door borrows design elements from one of the Cunard's ocean liner 'S.S. Normandie' first class state rooms.