Today the Behind The Lens spotlight falls on Annette Mary Radford, 62, who lives in Woodingdean. Annette is now retired but spent her career in tourism, which included working in country houses, on the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry, for the French government tourist office and in Ashdown Forest. She said these roles boosted her local knowledge and interest in local history. Her wide-ranging interests have clearly influenced her photography – hers is a most eclectic portfolio.
As far back as I can remember, I have been interested in images and taking photographs. My earliest camera was given to me by my father, a simple silver and black Kodak Instamatic-25 with a spool to spool film cartridge. It would have been about 1968 and I was ten. I progressed to 35mm film cameras, a Pentax and an Olympus AF-1. Then with the great leap to digitalisation, I bought a Canon Powershot before embarking on trips to India, Nepal and Burma. More recently, I invested in a Fujifilm X-T3 with a 55-200 lens for landscape and wildlife, although I still often use my Samsung smartphone.
What do you love about taking pictures ?
I love the freedom and adventure this art form brings, enabling me to travel in search of serendipity; happy accidents discovering the extraordinary, or the unusual in the ordinary. The challenge is to successfully capture such fleeting moments. I like photography’s slick immediacy. Results are instantly rewarding or disappointing, so…