Once the amateur's naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur.
I am Scott Pritchard.
I've had interests in many areas throughout my life but many of them lie with technology. This ranges from PC building to software development, but Photography has been a hobby I have wished to pursue for many years. Only recently have I had suitable photography equipment and the willingness to explore the world.
I started in February 2015 using my camera phone, a OnePlus One, along with various camera applications such as Camera FV-5 and OppoCamera. It sufficed for a while and let me understand the fundamentals but it was limited in that the aperture was a constant F/2.0, there was no manual focus, and it had no optical zoom as you might expect.
In July 2015, I purchased a Panasonic FZ72. At £200, it's an entry level bridge camera, but it was a much needed upgrade. With 60x optical zoom, F/2.8 - F/8.0 (variable by zoom), and manual focus, it allowed me much more flexibility with my shots. There are limitations to the camera of course, but I feel the factors I have control over such as composition are more important to getting the best out of the camera.
My work is dedicated to Paul Michael Pritchard (18 May 1978 - 28 May 2015). Rest in peace, Brother.
On 25 May 2015, my 37 year old brother Paul was admitted to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest. 3 days later, the difficult decision to switch off life support was made due to swelling on the brain from a lack of oxygen. He passed away peacefully on 28 May 2015 at 22:03 GMT.
We both shared an interest in technology and our music tastes were similar. We were night and day in many respects, but there was never a subject we couldn't talk or laugh about. It is through him that I have come to know many friends.
This site wasn't created as a memorial to him; it stands as a portfolio and a gallery of my photography work. However, without my brother, I probably wouldn't have had the confidence to follow it even as a hobby.
You may wonder why the photo below isn't my usual quality, so I'll say this; I didn't take this photo, and you never know when you're going to lose someone.
Rest in peace, Brother.
Tried to keep you close to me, but life got in between.
~James Bay, The River