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Each week the Wirral News will turn the spotlight on a local artist or photographer. You can submit your photographs at www.wirralnews.co.uk/yourgallery. This week we feature 66-year-old Brian Dillon from Irby Village...
Name: Brian Dillon
Location: Irby Village
I TOOK my first photograph at the age of six when my parents gave me a box brownie.
I was soon developing and printing my own black and white photos in a tiny blacked out pantry under the stairs.
By the time I was in my twenties I was selling my work to newspapers and publications as a freelance. My heroes of the time where photographers like Don McCullin and Larry Burrows.
In the late 60s I joined a local firm of photographers where I learned a lot about the commercial side of photography.
In those days it was all shot on film and you only got one chance to get it right.
I spent most of the day working in the darkroom and sometimes hardly saw the light of day.
I tend to shoot the everyday subjects, but give them a twist of the unusual, just to make you look twice! In this digital age it’s so easy to get high quality, crisp shots, but most people just point and shoot without thinking about the message they are trying to get across.
I now spend a fair amount of time travelling around Europe, trying to shoot the well known sights, but in a slightly different way. For me, photography is a way of sharing your experiences, very often with people you never even meet.
Hopefully, one day I might just get it right!