In November 2016, as a complete novice, I photographed friends fire dancing on my phone. Surprised at the results and encouraged by the positive reactions of friends I became more and more obsessed with photography. As time went by I became increasingly frustrated with the limitations of phone cameras and a year later I got a Sony A6000 with the kit zoom lens. Six month's later I sent 60 photos taken with the new camera to the University of Westminster in London. I was delighted to be telephoned the next day with an unconditional offer of a place on the Photography BA(hons) degree course. In my first semester I completed an analogue b&w project on the subject of Absence and Presence; shot in Nunhead Cemetery in London. All completely manual using a 40 year old Olympus OM2 camera. My main camera is now a Sony A9. I am 70 years old, ex mathematician, computer programmer, hippy, industrial screen printer, planning technician, draughtsman etc etc etc.