Harry H Hicklin Member Since November 2010 Artist Statement Howdy to all visiting this page. My name is Harry H. Hicklin, born in Hawaii, and now living in North Carolina. I am a newly retired teacher and a (very) serious amateur photographer. My father was the catalyst for my love of photography. He bought me my first camera: a 1960's Kodak Instamatic. Of course, I burned up a great deal of film taking pictures of everything in sight, some mildly interesting, most just plain awful. After entering my teen years and observing his prowess with a classic Olympus rangefinder film camera, I asked for and got a Kowa 35mm SLR for my birthday. This cemented my passion for the 35mm format. I almost wore it out in 4 years, then sadly was forced to sell it to a pawn shop for ferry money in Alaska. Even now I still miss that Kowa shutter sound. The camera that got me through the late 80's and 90's was a Minolta 35mm. Good but not great pictures. The millennium ushered in the digital era for me, starting with a Nikon Coolpix 5700, then Canon EOS 20D, and currently a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (I like this one very much). Needless to say, I am trying to reinvent myself with this camera, with a bit of backup help from Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 3. At the moment, traveling to new landscapes and creating new still lifes are my main photographic passions. I also enjoy challenging myself to see different angles and situations while out on location. Practice, practice, practice. Thanks much for reading this and checking out my photographic art. You do me honor by visiting.