I was first interested in photography when I was about 8 when I was given a Kodak box camera for my birthday. Resources were scarce and few photos were taken. When I was 21 I bought my first SLR, a Pentax Spotmatic. I toured America and Europe with it, taking just about everything which caught my eye. I eventually ended up with some Nikon cameras but resources (both time and money) were limited and one roll of 36 slides, per month or two, would certainly have been my maximum output for many years. Family photos were taken with a Polaroid for many years. One of my briefs as a teacher was IT and I welcomed the start of the digital era with glee, using the earliest cameras. It was marvellous to be able to shoot away at leisure and to be able to alter photos. When I retired I went completely digital, with one or two Nikons, but now I just have two pocket cameras, both Canons, which are easy to carry and one goes with me everywhere plus one Canon 'bridge' model. They are not 'state of the art', but they cater for most of my needs. I have had so much pleasure taking as many shots as I wish of whatever I fancy, and manipulating them as I please using Photoshop. In retirement I became interested in flower photography (though not to the exclusion of other themes) and have since travelled near and far with my wife capturing anything floral, which includes leaves in autumn and evergreens in winter. Since joining Bath Photographic Society I realise there is considerable room for improvement in my photos. I take inspiration from the wonderful photos I see there each week and will continue to try and produce photos which make others say "wow".