I acquired my first camera when I was about nine years old - a box camera bought at a jumble sale for sixpence. It could take photos, but I soon graduated to a Brownie (as we did) in the 1950s. I was given my first "real" camera for my 18th birthday in December 1964 - a 35mm Leica. I took some fairly passable photographs from the outset, many of which are published here.
At that time I started a collection of colour
transparencies and built up a collection until the year 2000 when I bought my first
digital camera. Much of my collection for the year 1967 and 1968 were lost when my car was
broken into and the slide box that was in it was taken. This was particularly unfortunate
as that period of time included all the photos of my first visit to Ireland and my
engagement to Agnes, and of my first visit to Iceland in 1967 (the images I have from that
visit were copies made from those taken by a friend who accompanied me on the visit).