I am photo artist DaCh
. I have always been an artist. I was spending hours creating intricate drawings of matchstick men when I was four. I took my first photo when I was five, I still have the Kodak camera and a poor quality print
of the picture I took. My father bought that camera as a 21st birthday present to himself. I have a biscuit tin full of negatives that he took with it during the 1930s.
I was eventually given the camera and used it until I was 17. It had a range of speeds and apertures that I never really understood. I just had one setting for sun and one for dull, it always seemed to work OK. I was not a photographer yet, I took snaps but I was getting interested, it all changed when I watched a friend develop a roll of B&W and then make some prints.
The 116 size film for the Kodak was getting very hard to find so I got a cheap 35 mm compact and started to learn.
I was doing a lot of drawing and painting then but photography slowly came to dominate my creative time and by the time I was 22 I had a job as a commercial photographer in a West London studio.
My signature originated when I was 12 and I decided that just putting my name on the bottom was not good enough; proper artists had a signature. The first piece that I applied the new signature to was a pencil sketch entitled "The Mystery of Woman", a bit heavy for a twelve year old but it was a good drawing.
The story continues with My Equipment. A few words about the stuff I use, how I use it and how I came to be using it.
Or you can skip on to My Opinion. Probably not the best place to get a fair and unbiased view of the art world.
Also you may continue into The Process: My idea of what art is and how the creative process works. Endless hours of fun with chapters: Zen and the Art of Art, Genetic Drift, Who Likes this Stuff and Where Does the Canvas End?