loving life in pictures
It’s funny when you are asked to write about yourself, I find this a trifle daunting, where others simply hop straight to it, putting the good old pen to paper. Well, it’s been nearly an hour and I have been sitting staring at this blank word document at the same time searching on Google on how to write a bio about me. With all the do’s and don’ts that I stumbled across, in the end, I thought Paul just be yourself and write… so here goes!
About me, my name is Paul, London based born in Australia. I’m married to my wonderful partner Allan of 22 years, we have a precious cat named Nuala, she is a white breast tortoise shell who has been with us for the last 21 years.
In the early years when I would get bored, it would drive Allan up the wall and he would flatly say to me “you need to get a hobby!”. In fact I used to drive Mum up the wall too. It doesn’t matter how old we are, we’re all big kids at heart!
My interest in photography started pretty much back in 2007, when cranes started popping up around the corner from where we lived. With curiosity getting the better of me I would pick up my then Kodak pocket camera and walk about taking pictures of the changes in the area.
With the mounting before and after photos of the Royal London Hospital; Cycle Super Highway 2; Whitechapel Station; Crossrail; Historic Buildings Restoration for High Street 2012 and the 2012 Olympics. It it was getting pretty exciting in the East End for a time but things have slowed down pretty much to a halt and the Whitechapel Vision looks set to unveil itself around 2023. Wishing to share this bundle of photos and the continuous changes with my family and friends home and abroad led me to the idea of a Facebook page. So in June 2010 I created Whitechapel Streetscape, later changing the name to Whitechapel E1.
Since then I have grown to enjoy photography very much. A lot of my earlier photos were taken with a Kodak point and shoot. Nowadays I enjoy using Canon EOS 1100D, iPhone 5s and recently received a Nikon COOLPIX L810 that looks a beauty.
In 2012 friends from work suggested a new page name Utopia later dedicating this page in memory of dearly loved ones. A tranquil album of parks, gardens and animals; Dreams of Utopia : Celebration of Life.
I have always wanted a personal site where I can develop my style, which I’m not sure what is is. I enjoy Flickr the interaction with other photographers is great. A few years ago friends from Lanzarote guided me towards WordPress, it was difficult at first to understand but I was determined to make it work then earlier this year, 2016, the penny dropped and I’m thrilled the hobby continues, a clear compilation of my favourite photos and a few words on how I see my photos are all in one place.
Having over twenty years of experience in menswear and dealing with the public, which I can honestly say is extremely trying at the very best of times. I’m happy to have this hobby as a way of escaping, to balance my inner self. Photography can speak for itself with a title or caption can kick start your thinking. It’s rewarding with meaning and every shot you take is timeless. Its great also to interact with other photographers, bloggers admiring their style and how they see the world through their viewfinder. In turn its challenging for me to see, learn and grow. Photography is rewarding with meaning and every shot you take is timeless. Thank you for taking the time to visit, like and share my posts.
Best Wishes Paul
“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams
“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.” – Destin Sparks
updated 5th April 2017