|Posted by [email protected] on September 17, 2016 at 8:00 PM|
I never was a real girly girl, feminine, but didn't mind getting dirty.
I grew up on a small farm and got to help with the animals, garden and picking up rocks in the field, which I thoroughly hated, but when I got a little older and got to drive the tractor and disc the field myself, I quickly realized the importance of it.
My favorite time on the farm wasn't riding the ponies, Babe and Beauty, or visiting my favorite little pig, my favorite thing was going to the woods behind the house. It was always an adventure. I loved nature and was always collecting leaves, mushrooms, spearmint and the like.
My parents got me a Kodak Instamatic Camera once for my birthday, probably so I would take pictures of the things I found in the woods instead of bringing everything in! That little camera was the start of a lifelong love of recording the world around me.
Since I was showing such an interest in my camera, my Dad got me my first 35mm camera, (on another birthday), it was a Yashica GSN Rangefinder camera. I was on cloud 9, I loved it and it took great pictures too.
I'd photograph mostly nature and Close-ups of butterflies and bugs, but dragonflies were my favorite, I always thought their little heads looked so human. It wasn't until many years later that I realized I could take people pictures too.
I enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography, back in the early '80's but lost interest when it got to the studio lighting portion, I felt intimidated by it and never thought I would need it anyway because i mostly shot nature photos, so I would put it off, but would go back to it now and then and tell myself I would finish. Several decades passed, and I continued to study and teach myself darkroom developing and printing and finally decided to enroll again in 2005. I finished the entire course and exams, but didn't take the required pictures for the last lesson, so I still didn't get my certificate. Hmmm, I wonder if too much time has passed to send in the photos and still get credit without having to do the entire course again!.
My parents have long since passed, and I am so thankful for all they taught me growing up on the farm, all of my values and interests today reflect on my upbringing. My love of nature, animals, crafts, herbs, gardening, weather (yes, I also wanted to be a meteorologist) I realize now are all directly related to my childhood..
I still have both of those cameras, and all the memories, and am so thankful that they encouraged me and gave me the tools to follow my dreams to see where it takes me.