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Michael Smith

About Me

I have been a member of South Shields Photographic Society since I first became interested in photography in the mid 80's. I have had many acceptances at National & International Photographic Exhibitions as well as winning several competitions including The National Trust Photographic Competition in 1988. I was awarded BPE photographic honours for acceptances to British photographic exhibitions.
My main interest has always been slide photography although I have recently joined the digital SLR brigade..However as a disabled photographer my work has taken a back seat as my Rheumatoid Arthritis has prevented me getting out much. I am now also suffering from kidney failure and am waiting for a transplant.
Although pics have been thin on the ground of late I intend to revisit my camera bag and resume my favourite pass time of photography.
I believe photography to be a wonderful form of relaxation and when I am out with my camera ,especially in great countryside with fantastic landscapes as we do in Britain,I feel free and at one with nature. Photography is 10% brains and 90% heart.Anyone can learn how to use a camera but to see pictures takes something else, it can't be taught.
Because of my disability I can't get to locations that other photographers can so I am always thinking of ways to get the best shot from a location,in some ways this is an advantage over some photographers regarding view point.
Anyway sorry about the lecture and good shooting to everyone.

A selection of my latest pictures

The High Light
A picture of North Shields in the county of Tyne & Wear
Submitted on 17th March 2011
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Aground
A picture of South Shields in the county of Tyne & Wear
Submitted on 17th March 2011
Ullswater view - 2009
A picture of Ullswater in the county of Cumbria
Submitted on 15th March 2011
Hay Bales, Seaburn, Tyne and Wear - Sept 2009
A picture of Seaburn in the county of Tyne & Wear
Submitted on 15th March 2011
Urban Sprawl - 2009.
A picture of Sunderland in the county of Tyne & Wear
Submitted on 15th March 2011