As a small boy, long before I bought my first camera, I already had a fascination with light. I played with magnifying glasses, torches (flashlights, not flambos: I was only five years old), mirrors and coloured cellophane sweet wrappers.
So I started looking at the world early, captivated by light and shade in all their infinite combinations. A rare treat for me was a visit to my uncle's fruit and vegetable shop. Quite apart from the deliciously mingled aromas, I was spellbound by the clever arrangement of angled mirrors behind the display shelves. Pyramids of vividly hued oranges were reflected into other shapes. Patterns and geometric designs delighted my eyes. I saw behind, below and above all once.
At age 9 I bought an old Kodak box camera for sixpence at a village jumble sale. I didn't know it at the time but that small step was the first I took on an exciting and rewarding journey into photography, eventually specialising in lighting for theatre, film and video at various stations along the track of a working life during which I got paid to have fun playing with expensive toys.
I'm semi-retired now, so I can indulge my passion for picture making purely for my own personal pleasure. My most recent success in terms of satisfaction and reward has been to teach some blind children to use digital photography. I am currently exploring the creative possibilities with the cameras and photo editing/sharing apps in mobile devices, where the Internet has fostered some very productive collaborations.
Photography has proved to be one of the most powerful tools we've invented in the last two centuries. I won't be lying on my death bed wishing I'd chosen anything else in life other than to be a photographer.