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About Richard Gardner
As a young boy, like most people, I was given a camera for a present and started taking photographs. Mainly of family and holiday shots, but never getting overly excited, until the film was developed and you collected the packet of photographs to see what you had captured.
Then later, in my teenage years I went to stay with a friend in Bath who took me to Longleat, which hadn’t long been open, where he lent me his camera to take some photographs of the wild and exotic animals that were running around loose within their compounds.
When we returned to his home, we went into his darkroom to develop and print my pictures, which I thought was amazing and I still have my first photograph that I developed.
Unfortunately, although having an interest, I never developed this further and this is something I have always regretted.
I have dabbled over the years, like most of us, and have produced a few photographs that I am very happy with, but have always felt I could do better.
Recently, as many of you will now, I have opened the Queen Street Photography Gallery and this has given me a kick up the backside to try and spend more time on my own photographs and to see if I am capable of producing works that people would like to own.
It is my intention to start to learn properly about photography and I am hoping to take some courses to help develop my skills.
My main interest is in portraits and street photography and I hope that I will be able to add to my selection over the coming years.