Mel Beasley ARPS, ABPPA Freelance Photographer and Artist
Although I've been resident in Spain for 9 years, I've only seriously got back into my photography for about a year and much less as an artist.
When I learned photography on my ONC course in London, I learned on a Pentax K1000 and learned the whole process, including film developing and printing. In fact I ended up with my own darkroom in my flat. Things have moved on a bit since then and now everyone with a phone is a photographer and an app makes them all artists. Or does it? I've spent over 30 years learning and practicing my art. There have been hard lessons along the way, a couple of disastrous weddings but many nice shoots with charming models, one of which went on to marry ex Prime Minister. John Major's son.
I think the main thing I've learned is that you never stop learning. Six months ago, I used photoshop just to process my images. Now I use it to create artwork I never dreamed I'd be able to create. In turn that led me to pick up a pencil and start drawing, something I hadn't done in 30 years, then water colour painting. Something I'd never done. My artistic life is rich and when you decide to use me to create something for you, it's that experience, those courses, the lessons learned that you are hiring.
At the moment I'm thinking of stepping backwards and taking up a film camera again. Maybe I will some day.