Hi! I’m Steve George
Born in London in 1965, I’ve lived in Bridgwater, Somerset since 2010. And I’ve had a passion for photography since I was a teenager.
I thought before about making my hobby a profession, but the pleasure for me in photography is recording the things I see in everyday life. The pressure of making this peaceful and relaxing time, into a client focussed business didn’t sit right with me personally.
So, I’m happy to keep things as they are.
That’s not to say that I haven’t enjoyed the few weddings and charity events I’ve photographed in years gone by though. But, everyone needs a hobby.
Why I love Black & White
Back in the early 80s I obviously relied on film. And, I fell in love with the texture and contrast I found in black and white. That also came in very handy, because at 16, I wanted to process and print my own images.
Black and white negatives are much more forgiving. I did try colour, but could never get the white balance right in the darkroom. I couldn’t afford a ‘daylight’ lighting kit and I didn’t really understand about using filters.
My Camera Equipment
I‘ve been my wife’s full-time carer for several years now, so finances have always been tight. But, I decided to go digital in 2008, and bought the Sony a200. I’d had a few Minolta film cameras previously and kept the lenses, so Sony was the natural choice. (Sony bought Konica Minolta in 2006 and they use the same lens mount design).
I often look through magazines and websites, wishing I could afford the latest and greatest camera, or lens. But, for me, the cost is prohibitive.
So, I made the decision to prove that I didn’t need it.
Around 2015, I wanted to reduce the amount of camera gear I carried around, so I sold my dSLR equipment, and bought an Olympus E-PL1 mirrorless camera, with 14-42mm kit lens, that I found on eBay.
Then, with the huge progress that smartphone manufacturers had made in their cameras, in 2017 I decided to give my smartphone a try. (at the time, I was using the Huawei P9 Lite.)
Today, I still use my E-PL1, but I also have a Panasonic DMC-G5, both of these are Micro 4/3 cameras that are 10+ years old. My smartphone camera is now on the iPhone 11.
About the site
This website is really just a way to present some of my images. But, I’ve also tried to incorporate some information for beginners in the blog section of the site. I hope you find it useful 🙂