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Photographs by Mike Wilson

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I am not a photographer, let me make that clear. I am a man who has dabbled in photography for many years, probably since Foster Brigham took my photo when I was a nipper.

I started with a Box Brownie with 3.25 x 2.25 in negatives, eight to a roll, black and white. At some time during my apprenticeship in the 50s I bought a Kodak King Penguin folding camera, still eight to a roll (120 I think). Next up was a 35mm Voigtlander Vito B, which I probably bought during my National Service in Germany (1959-1961).

On a few occasions, I accompanied Stan Town when he was photographing weddings and I totally wasted a fantastic opportunity to learn wedding photography.

Then I moved into SLRs, my first being a Yashica TL Electro. Then I upgraded to a Canon, but I had it only a little while and can't remember the model.

During this time I had developed, printed and enlarged my own black and white images in a make-shift darkroom at home. 

My first digital camera was a Kodak Z740, which cost me £300. It was fantastic! Needless to say, everything else went for a song at a car boot sale. 

Now I have a Canon 500D, with many accessories, but I am still not a photographer. I take photographs and some of them are good, I cannot deny. But I wouldn't dare to pretend that I was as good as a professional.

I have 20x30inch enlargements from some of my photographs and they look fantastic on the wall. 

I like bird photography in my own backyard, but I have no particular interests which I photograph. I use the camera as a notebook while on holidays, and record life as it happens to me. 

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