First Exposures

In the beginning it is always the same. You get your first camera at an age when you feel that the things you are taught in school are not the things that will matter in life. At this point the camera you hold in your hands is less a tool to make pictures with than a pretext to hide behind. Being generally connected to curiosity and the arts, it provides you with an excuse for going your own way. But being more robust than the brush, it also holds the possibility of bringing in an income at some point.

As you look back at your first results many years later, you derive pleasure from the fact that not every negative exposed was juvenile nonsense and hence lament the destruction of what you thought would not stand the test of time – that purge of your early archive in an attempt to cleanse your oeuvre in the making.