I was born and educated in South Africa and at University studied Chemical Engineering and later on a bit of Law too.  After my MSc I started working in the petrochemical sector and have remained there for 31 years.  During the latter part of that (2002 to 2010) my wife (Tina) and I lived in Brunei Darussalam, on the Island of Borneo, and the Far East of Russia on Sakhalin Island where I was the Corporate Environmental Manager for Sakhalin Energy.  In January of 2011 we returned to South Africa where I spent a final year working back here before retiring at the end of 2011.  Becoming a (much) better photographer is one of my future goals.

Tina and I have been married for more than 30 years and have two children, a son and a daughter.

My introduction to photography was a Box Brownie MANY years ago.  By the time I reached high school I had my own darkroom and a Pentax.  Then I went through a long period of not doing much photography other than the odd family photographs etc.  On moving to Brunei in July 2002 we entered the digital age with a little Sony.  On our move to Russia (March 2006) we bought our first Canon DSLR, the 20D, followed by the 50D and today I have a 5D MkII with a number of lenses etc.  My technical knowledge of taking a photograph is quite good but thinking abstractly and making a good photograph is sorely is lacking.

We now have some 20 000 photographs taken since 2002 that I am busy cataloging in Light Room 3 as iPhoto was becoming too limiting.  Today I take all photographs in RAW format and then work on those that I want to use further in LR and save them as jpeg’s.

My knowledge of Adobe Photoshop CS5 is a bit low and needs work.

My expectations of this course are that by the end I would like to be taking outstanding photographs that are well composed and engender in the viewer a desire to look at it for longer.

My intention is to submit my work for assessment and to achieve an above average grade for my work.

Finally, what is my timeframe?  I have now registered for the entry level course that I would like to complete in about the next six months.  Thereafter, I would like to do two courses per year.  Although this is my vision, it may be a bit unrealistic when it comes to having to put more and more work into each exercise and assignment.  Training an engineer to think with the right side of his brain will not be easy.   Anyway, that’s my vision and I will adjust it as necessary as I progress.