My name is Alex and I am 20 years of age. I grew up in Washington D.C. and now live in West Virginia for college. I hope you move back to Washington D.C. or to New York or San Francisco when I graduate.
I have always loved photography from the age of about 7. Both my parents are avid wildlife photographers so I definitely caught the bug from them. My earliest memories of photography were taking photos of my baby brother when he was about 2 years old on my mum’s retro film canon camera. My parents have a dark room in our house and I have incredible memories of spending hours in there watching my dad develop photos. It is a happy and safe place for me and I frequently use the darkroom at college or when I go back home during spring and summer break. You just can’t be the picture quality and detail that you can achieve when you print photos individually in a dark room and seeing the photos slowing take form is just incredible.
My parents bought me a DSLR for my sixteenth birthday which I love so much. I am constantly taking photos and documenting things on my camera or on my phone that when I’m not doing so I feel naked. My bedroom walls at college are decorated with blown up photos that myself or my parents have taken. I just find the art of photograph so therapeutic and really love that instant gratification you get with photograph. The fact that you can experience the fruits of your work so quickly is a wonderful thing. I do hope that one day my photos are lining the walls in people’s houses and want to one day set up a website where I can sell my work.
For now though while I concentrate on my studies and am putting all my passion into this website and am relishing being able to share my photos with all of you. I can’t wait to hear what you all think and appreciate any constructive feedback that you can offer. The world is a vast place and there are so many wonderful sights that the majority of people are unable to see. I love to think that people are able to experience these spectacular sites and become inspired by my photographs of the natural wonders of the world.
While I have always loved photography, I had never really seen it as a possible career path. Both my parents are wonderful photographers but they both do other things (my mum is a university lecturer and my dad is a scientist) so I always assumed I would just have it as a hobby. However 5 years ago on a trip to London with my parents and brother we went to the Natural History Museum to look at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. The exhibition showcases 100 photos by amateur photographers from the age of 10 and up. I was enthralled with this exhibition and made it my aim to try and get a photo in that exhibition one day. Amazingly this goal didn’t take long to achieve as shortly after my sixteenth birthday one of my images was accepted and was sold as a print in their shop. This was such an incredible experience and achievement that from that point on I knew I didn’t want to do anything else.