Jun 19 2018

New love looms through the lens

Charlie Cowell will speak at the Camden Historical Society meeting about preserving old photos as part of History Week. Picture: Jonathan NgWHEN Camden’s Charles Cowell picked up a camera more than 30 years ago to snap a pictorial display of the plants in his nursery business, he didn’t think it would lead to a love of photography.

At the time, taking photos of the flowering plants to make his own tags seemed practical.

These days, photography is more about passion and Mr Cowell is keen to share his enthusiasm and tips for taking the perfect photo with others.

He will be the guest speaker at the Camden Historical Society September meeting which will be held during History Week — an apt pairing given this year’s theme, Picture This.

“My father was interested in photography when I was young but I didn’t take much notice,” Mr Cowell said. “Then I started making the pictorial tags for the nursery and I joined a camera club.

“I enjoyed going along. There were people who were fairly experienced and they spent time with the new members.

“Now I find myself doing that for others.”

Mr Cowell counts landscapes as his favourite subject to photograph and the opportunities were plentiful when he travelled to South Africa (“that was a really great experience”) and more recently The Kimberley and Lake Eyre.

He’s collected a few cameras along the way, but Mr Cowell said he preferred to shoot with a digital camera and not with film.

“Photography changed with the digital age. It’s much easier now with digital cameras and not having to worry about chemicals. I don’t really miss that,” he said.

“My father used to use an old Kodak and he would develop his photos in the laundry.

“One of things I love to do is retake really old photographs and work on them to bring them up to a high standard and store them as a digital file so you can distribute them to family.”

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