Edward Hawkins, Tacoma Member Since January 2013 Artist Statement Hailing from Tacoma, Washington, I had the pleasure of being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. I started out doing moderate trick photography with my aunt's new 35mm camera when I was about 10 years old. I shot with 35mm film, both color and black and white photography, through my time in high school and my first few years in the Navy. Joining the Navy offered me more opportunities to expand my photograph and enter into a new arena, digital photography. I bough my first digital camera as a return item in Hawaii and spent the next three months learning how to shoot with it. It would not be for a few more years and a few more trips around the world before I would get anything more powerful with regards to megapixels available. I soon was introduced to the Sony F828 digital camera, which was a great camera outside of its flash. I would shoot with the Sony until my purchase of my current camera, the Canon Rebel T1i. Although Canon continually improves on the model, I still love the quality of pictures I get with my Canon.