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Never, never, never give in…

For a site that is supposed to be all about photography, it may seem odd for the first blog post to be based off a quote from the Sir Winston Churchill…but this quote is a big part of why this site exists in the first place.

Winston Churchill
In a speech in October of 1941 at his alma mater Harrow School Churchill famously said: “…never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour [sic] and good sense.” He spoke during some of Britain’s darkest days in its history – but his encouragement was to keep persevering.

That, friends, is exactly what I have decided to do with my passion for photography. I began my love affair with photography back in the early 1980s – using an old rangefinder camera to shoot black and white film I developed myself. I’ve gotten into and out of the craft over the years, but about 10 years ago I made the decision to jump in with both feet and become a serious (albeit amateur) photographer.

Life takes some funny twists and turns, and the most recent turn has seen me move from a corporate job into independent consulting. It’s also given me the freedom to choose to embrace my passion for the art and science of photography, and to help others unleash their passion as well.

Honestly I don’t have a well-thought out plan around this, and it may not work out as planned. In the same speech I quoted above, Churchill also said this:

You cannot tell from appearances how things will go. Sometimes imagination makes things out far worse than they are; yet without imagination not much can be done. Those people who are imaginative see many more dangers than perhaps exist; certainly many more than will happen; but then they must also pray to be given that extra courage to carry this far-reaching imagination.

It’s scary to put yourself out there and face the possibility of criticism – or, worse yet, of being ignored. But a good friend of mine told me years ago when I started my first blog: “Blog for yourself, write about what you like, and write what you’d love reading. Do that, and the audience will come. Chase an audience, and you’ll be miserable.”

So…it begins today. With this blog post. And my galleries. And lots of other things I want to do – like a podcast, some video tutorials on YouTube, and many other things…but for now, one step at a time.

And I will never, never, never give in.







  1. Jacqueline Armstrong

    I’m a grateful follower!!

    1. Thank you – so honored to have you following me!

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