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Camera House : Better Pictures 10
Feature fine art PHOtOS fine art inspiration bitten by the photo bug at a very early age. “Those photographs still exist, they are really quite funny,” says Ranken. Indeed Ranken admits that these annual Christmas cards were her “first introduction to creating a series of work”, something she was to do herself many times in later years. The cards also stressed to Ranken how “important it is to print your images, so they exist.” Since earning her stripes in her father’s home dark W 10 room, Ranken has been printing her images ever since. Her first camera was what she laughingly refers to as the “equivalent of a point and shoot” ith fond memories of her Dad’s family-themed Christmas cards, Canon EOS Master Jackie Ranken was Jackie Ranken’s photography delivers magical, whimsical and innovative images that delight the viewer. and as an eager young photographer she spent years documenting “her friends at school and photographing family holidays”. Then when she was 16, her Dad bought her a 35mm SLR. “Straight away I was learning how to use aperture and shutter speeds to not only get correct exposure but to help me communicate how I felt about a subject.” Three weeks later Ranken had her first weekend job taking snapshots at the local Greyhound track. “After three weekend’s training I had to get it right on my own. Correct focus, exposure, panning and correct framing of the shot were what was required. “There was 22 races each Saturday afternoon so I had 22 chances to get the dog on or near the finish post and then sell the image to the owner. Back
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