Welcome to Lensbaby Journeys. We have asked photographers to write about their journey with photography and with Lensbaby, however they want to approach it. Each piece will come directly from an individual photographer in their own words, accompanied by their photographs. Our hope is that these journey stories will resonate with you, inspire you, and push you forward on your own path.
What is your Lensbaby journey, Cathryn?
Back in the early ’70’s, I worked for Fotomat Corporation at their headquarters in La Jolla, California. Back then, just about everyone had an Instamatic camera. Fotomat Corporation had kiosks all over Southern California where one could drop off their film for development, and then in a few days, pick up the photos. I worked as an assistant to the marketing director, called a “secretary” back then.
I became friends with one of their staff photographers. This man used Nikon SLR’s, an Olympus SLR, and a Hasselblad for his work. After seeing some of his photos, I wanted a Nikon camera. I would dream about it… but couldn’t afford one.
Now, in recent years, I’ve been able to fulfill my dream of owning a Nikon camera – my interest is focused on close-ups and macro photography.
Throughout my school years, I took courses in the fine arts: watercolor and soft pastels are my favorite mediums. Then, a couple of years ago, I learned about the existence of Lensbaby and I was impressed by the effects I saw in the photos. I had found another potential medium through which to express my art, and I was fascinated.
One day when looking through camera equipment on Adorama’s website, I found the Lensbaby Spark with the Plastic Optic on sale together and I bought them. They were my first Lensbaby purchases. That’s all it took.
Since then, I’ve purchased just about all of the old lenses and optics, and many of the newer ones too.
These lenses are my treasures. They fulfill my artistic need. They are an addiction I’ll never give up.
To see more of Cathryn’s work, find her on Flickr.
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