I first picked up my husband’s camera when my children were babies, many decades ago before I even had a camera with through-the-lens metering, the days when you never knew what you had until the film was developed.
I shot thousands of rolls of film which continue to be stacked in my closet, waiting for discovery. I took classes at a suburban art center, then graduated to nine years of classes at Columbia College in downtown Chicago. I put miles on my car and on my shoes. I spent hours in my closet developing film and in the darkroom printing the film. The classes at Columbia were all taught by working professionals for which I will always be grateful.
Then came the digital age, a watershed for photography. It made everything unbelievable easy and quick, gave photographers the ability to see instantly if they had the shot or needed to try again. It saved unbelievable amounts of money on developing and printing useless rolls of film. It changed the news business; no more tedious developing and then running the film over to the newspaper to be the first to get there. And the new cameras made it easier to get the technicals right. It freed photographers to just take photographs.
One of my professors said, “Just keep shooting; you’re bound to get something good.” And eventually, a few good shots happened. Some of the best were just lucky accidents for mistakes but they worked. You can’t capture if you don’t shoot. So I keep shooting.
Sandy Fisher Peterson