Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: My Photography Journey

In the beginning, there was the Kodak Brownie Starmite, the camera that I took to Hawaii when I was 10 years old. It hung around my neck on a piece of kitchen string. I got blurry pictures developed at the drugstore with a smaller “bonus photo” next to each one. I have a few of these snapshots in an old album.

Then came the Kodak Instamatic camera with the little film cartridge. I took this one on family trips and my Girl Scout National Opportunity. A few more of these snapshots exist in my photo albums.

When I was a senior in High School, my boyfriend (who later became my husband) bought me a Canon AE1 35mm camera. I attached it to a guitar strap, and it became my ‘art’ for the next 30 years. I photographed my family, m children, my travels, nature, abstract objects, anything that I thought would make a good composition. Here’s a gallery of shots I took with that camera.

Not long after my husband died, the advance mechanism on my Canon jammed, and I stopped using it.

My first digital camera was one I borrowed. I think it was a Pentax? Here are some shots from that camera:

Finally, for my 50th birthday, I bought myself the camera I have now and have been using for the last eight years: a Canon Rebel T3i. I have not yet purchased any additional lenses, but that may be my next milestone birthday treat!

Thanks, Amy, for inviting me to share my Photography Journey and for sharing yours!Β 

18 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: My Photography Journey

  1. What a treasure trove of memories Priscilla – and really isn’t that the most important thing of all ? your images are always wonderful and always express your thoughts so well. This week I especially loved the image of you shooting with a baby on your back! (I’m assuming that was you???)

  2. Thank you for sharing your photography journey, Priscilla. Your beautiful family images tell sweet memories. I love the last image especially, very special.

  3. You’ve really used your cameras — for a long time and for many great photos and memories. Here’s hoping your latest Canon holds up as well as the first one that your husband gave you. Thanks for sharing not only your photographic journey but also a love story that only you and your husband lived through.

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