My Favourite Photographer: My Father

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From the moment my father showed me the photos he had taken when he was young, I came to the conclusion that, without a doubt, love for photography is in our genes.

I’d known as a youngster that my father enjoyed photography. We have a number of books spanning history and techniques of photography at home. I also knew that he enjoyed taking photos of his friends, my mother and his sisters. He has shown me some of the photos he’d taken before but I was really surprised when a couple of days ago, going through the box room, I came across his huge (over 600) collection of slides. That same night we brought out the projector and spent hours admiring his photos.

There were many photos of mountains and monasteries. Reason being that my father really enjoyed climbing with his friends, and on top of his ropes and snap hooks, he always packed his camera.

What delighted me the most after scanning several of his slides was the tone and the softness of the photos: greys, blues, pastel purples and greens.

It has always been obvious that both of us are really into portraits, macro shots and all sorts of filters. So I was surprised by his earlier shots, his portraits in black and white – their lighting and shadows, depth of field and textures…

I still have a lot to learn and who could be a better teacher than my own father?

written by fafascinado on 2011-06-28 in #lifestyle #black #white #father #photographer #negatives #macro #portraits
translated by webo29

18 Comments

  1. nural
    nural ·

    The B&W portrait is amazing!

  2. easilydistracted
    easilydistracted ·

    beautiful photos!

  3. thewretched
    thewretched ·

    Great article and great photographs! It seems that the passion for photography skipped a generation in my family. My Dad hasnt any real interest in it, but i found out my Grandfather was an avid photographer who had his own darkroom set up in his work yard. My dad even passed down his Wray Stereograph camera to me! :D

  4. dannyedwards
    dannyedwards ·

    wow, brilliant gallery!

  5. stevek
    stevek ·

    This is one of the nicest articles I've ever read on here. Great photos!

  6. jesuisz
    jesuisz ·

    nice !! what kind of equipment did your dad use, do you have any idea? nice article :)

  7. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    Wow, your father is really talented- his B&W portraits are really great art, but his snapshots also show his great photographic eye :)

  8. fafascinado
    fafascinado ·

    Thank you very much guys!! I'm so proud of my father!!
    I hope some day I will take pictures like these

  9. roxanneross
    roxanneross ·

    the b&w portraits are gorgeous!

  10. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    lucky son! :)

  11. cc-in-paris
    cc-in-paris ·

    very sweet article! and congrats to your father for the awesome photos!

  12. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    wow! He got talent!!!! amazing photos (la del pitufo me encaaaanta, jeje).

  13. webo29
    webo29 ·

    someone should congratulate the translator too ;))

  14. fafascinado
    fafascinado ·

    of course!!!! @webo29 If I didn't said to you before, thanks for the translation!!! :)

  15. fafascinado
    fafascinado ·

    of course!!!! @webo29 If I didn't said to you before, thanks for the translation!!! :)

  16. bulletofmine
    bulletofmine ·

    so beautiful photos. what kind of camera did your dad use ? I love all the photos . Really inspired me

  17. fafascinado
    fafascinado ·

    @bulletofmine I don't know exactly, but I think some of these shots were taken by his old Fujica AX-5

  18. rachaelbethan
    rachaelbethan ·

    how very beautiful! what inspirational images! he is very talented, love them all!

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