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A memory of past events, experiences and emotions through my eyes

The world we live in is a place of infinite opportunities, filled with a myriad of things, some familiar to us, others untouched, exotic and still mysterious.

People across our planet want to express their individuality and photography is one of the ways we can enrich our lives. It is an invitation for all of us to engage our senses in the essence of life around us.

I have always loved photography. What I really enjoy is taking images that first and foremost appeal to me. They must always evoke a memory of a past event or an experience - the coldness of the snow, the taste of coffee, the smell of a perfume, the music which was playing at the time and most importantly, family and friends. To me, photography is a true art form which must have an emotional connection.

So when did my love for photography first start to kick in? In the early days, when the holiday photos came back from processing they would either be filed in their envelope or at best put in an album - and not seen again. So I decided to select a couple of images that were memorable. They did not have to be technically good. They would then be printed and block mounted. The idea was to gradually fill a wall. This turned out to be the staircase one which was sufficiently large and where images of past events could be viewed every day on passing. After thirty odd years or more, I have used a lot of wall!

I have a fairly eclectic style. Basically, if I like it, I'll shoot it. This you will see from the galleries attached.

Travelling the world has been a passion and I have visited and passed through more than one hundred countries during my lifetime. Many of these have been in Africa on safari.  I have also spent a large amount of my time living in the French Alps and still return regularly to the region where I have a home in the mountains. Consequently, many of my attached photographs range from village scenes, countryside, and sports & leisure activities throughout the stunningly beautiful French alpine seasons. I regularly hold exhibitions in the area.

Since returning to the UK, I have become a member of the Harpenden Photographic Society and more recently have become a Qualified Member of The Guild of Photographers. In 2019 I was awarded the distinction of becoming a member of The Photographer's Bar. This has proven invaluable in seeing what inspires other members in their strive for excellence and to hone my skills in presenting my own images. I very much appreciate their active support and encouragement. It has also given me an strong interest in monochrome photography, something I had not creatively appreciated before.

In the Monochrome Awards - the international black & white photography contest which attracts entrants from nearly 100 countries from around the world - I was pleased to have received twenty three Honorable Mentions during the last seven years in the amateur categories for Architecture, Landscapes, Wildlife, Nature, Photojournalism, Conceptual and Abstract. These all feature on their web site.

Recently I have been doing some drone photography and had one of my images selected for the final nine photos in the Overseas Category of The National Drone Photography Awards 2020. There were over 500 entries.

Photography for me is a journey of continual innovation and improvement - always striving to be better and trying to look at things in a different way - the inspiring moment, a dash of the unexpected and a hint of the unknown.

I hope the attached images will give you some pleasure as they have given me. Engage your senses. If you have any thoughts or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. All views welcome.

Don't forget, you can always buy any of these images! Also, if you are looking for a photo to support an article or blog, I can supply hi-resolution images at 275-300+ dpi ready for printing or web friendly versions for online use.

Malcolm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              email: mandmjenkins12@sky.com

This Is Me !

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