It was the fall of 1993. I was turning twenty-one and had decided to go back to college after taking a couple of years off. In light of my return, I felt that taking some classes of a certain interest would help “motivate” me back into things. I chose two courses. One was a class in Creative Writing…the other, Photography. So here I was, going to my cousin’s camera repair shop to buy a used camera. Little did I know how much that purchase would change my life!
My first “real” camera was a 1970’s Minolta SRT-MC, a variant of the classic SRT-101 model. It was built like a tank, something I miss in today’s often polycarbonate digital world. It was an all-manual camera. No auto-focus, no program modes, just a match needle light meter to get a good exposure via shutter/aperture combinations. It took a little practice to do everything myself, but I got the hang of it.
My first assignment was to pick a subject and shoot a roll of black and white film of it. Yep, all 36 exposures based on that ONE subject. So I picked the Veterans Memorial statue in downtown Oak Park, IL. I wasn’t sure if I could exhaust a whole roll of film on this statue…but i did. I wasn’t even sure if there were any good shots. My instructor, Meg Gerken circled this shot on the proof.
And away I went…
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