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There’s still so much I aim to learn with new technology, cameras and topics of interest urging my self-development to keep up to date. The learning curve will never straighten I’m sure. It’s all fascinating stuff and wonderfully creative.
As a teenager, I recall, many of my family summer holidays were purposefully planned around a mix of culture and the most scenic routes throughout Europe. Inevitably this had to include many an hour or so wandering around quaint villages, towns with Gothic cathedrals and art galleries. With cameras around our necks, pockets bulging with rolls of film and sketch-pads to hand, we were ready to capture the moment.
My father, ‘Hal’, better known as Harold William Critchley, introduced the world of photography to me. He was an inspiration to me as well as the motivator and director of my artistic development.
My first camera which he purchased for me, was a Yashica twin lens reflex 6x6. At least three evenings per week and Saturday mornings were occupied with photography classes where I learnt the fundamental techniques of developing and printing. My limited budget meant black and white film was all I could afford, but eventually my knowledge and experience advanced to a 35mm Pentax (birthday present from ‘Hal’) when Kodachrome and colour film came into my life.
During my late teens I was able to attend the same art college where ‘Hal’ was Head of Department. His passion for art was contagious and our forays abroad continued to expand my photojournalism.
After three years at The London College of Printing and a BA in graphic design, I was ready to take on the world. And so began my journey to where, and who, I am today.