I have been shaped by the love I share with my wife of 45 years and our two children. Last year we welcomed our first two granddaughters and I became a Grandpa.

I have been fortunate to live and teach in one of the most beautiful areas in the world, Parry Sound, and share many good times with family and friends.

Oh yes and I really enjoy the many aspects of photography.

My first formal photography training was a Photo Journalism course at university. I clearly remember the magic of seeing my darkroom black and white pictures begin to appear from their chemical baths. At that point I knew I was hooked and that photography was going to be an important part of my life.

So here I am now, mostly retired and very much committed to improving and enjoying my photography. Thanks to Chris and Jim Shaw, I have a gallery of prints, cards and framed pictures on display. Chris is the owner of a very successful cafe in downtown Parry Sound – The Country Gourmet Cafe and Gallery. Chris welcomes local artists to display their work in her attached gallery.

I am also an incurable gadgeteer who could not survive without his iPhone, iPad and latest iMac. Of course, the photography equipment fits right in here with the many gizmos that it teases me with. My present camera is a DSLR Nikon D7000. The two lenses of choice are the Nikkor 24-120 VR and a Nikkor 70-300mm VR. My best images result from stabilized framing with the Manfrotto tripod and a remote shutter trip.

The days of silver oxide and dark room chemistry have now been replaced with Adobe Lightroom software and an Epson Photo R3000 printer and of course the iMac. A lot has changed since those early days but the excitement of watching the image evolve and print has not.

Richard Culverwell