Welcome to my website, My Name is Andy de la Cour I am 48 years old, I live in Jersey in the Channel Islands .
I was introduced into photography in the late 60’s, our head teacher was a keen photographer which luckily for us meant that we had several cameras and a complete dark room at our disposal. This also meant that not only did we get to go out and take photographs, and learn about light meters and exposure settings etc, we also got to play with chemicals and develop our own films and pictures. As a 9 year old I had no idea of just how useful that learning experience would be later on in my life. Nearly 40 years later here I am Setting off once again on that photographic experience. It all started again for me about 6 years ago when I got really interested in underwater photography, up until then I had taken lots of pictures underwater with a simple film camera whilst travelling around the world on diving holidays, but something clicked whilst diving with friends in the Red sea. It seemed that I was the only one using a film camera, whilst everyone else was using modern digital cameras with waterproof housings.
The quality of the images they were producing was far better than I could hope for, and together with the added advantages a digital camera has such as being able to view your images on the camera and deleting the bad ones before going to the expense of printing them made me realise that I needed to upgrade.
Cutting a long story short, I did just that, and soon realised the real benefits of digital photography, so much so that it rekindled my interest for photography in general. I soon found myself taking my camera out during the day whilst away on holiday and taking more photographs of the sights above the surface.
Within a short space of time a real passion for photography was beginning to develop, no longer was I looking at going on holiday solely for the SCUBA diving, but now I needed to consider more shore based attractions as well.
Over the last 5 or 6 years I have been lucky enough to be able to travel to many parts of the world, including places such as Thailand, Florida Keys, Maldives, Red sea, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Italy, France, Switzerland, and several other places on the way. I have travelled all over Europe and love to drive, which gives the added advantage of having the freedom of being able to venture further afield and see the sights more off the beaten track. I sometimes wonder which is the driving force, the desire to take photographs of different people and places or the desire to travel generally, or are they one in the same?
My interests in photography are mainly in landscape, architecture and living history. I have a real fascination of people and would love to develop my skills as a portrait photographer, not in the studio sense but more in the life study or documentary style.
My camera equipment consists basically of 2 Canon cameras and a selection of lenses, please check out the 'My Gear' section of the site for a full list.
I am currently part way through a photographic diploma course run by School of Photographic Imaging, to help me in my development, I am one of those people that literally throw themselves whole heartedly into a subject and will happily read book after book in the search for more knowledge and information. I love to try different photographic techniques and enjoy discussion with and the company of others who share similar interests. In terms of goals, my aims for the next 12 months is to gain the A.R.P.S. distinction. I am currently involved with a small photographic group that meets every two weeks, this helps me to stay motivated and keeps me working at my photography. I am also a member of the RPS, travel group which also encourages me to to do the same.
I am travelling to the UK in June this year with friends to photograph Big Cats, Birds of Prey, and various other animals, and then I am off to the Trossachs in July for 10 days to indulge myself in some landscape photography, so I have plenty to keep me occupied for the next six months or so.
As I mentioned in the introduction on the home page, one of the reasons for setting up this web site is so that I can share the pleasure I have gained from photography with others and hope that others (and that means you) will do the same.
Andy de la Cour