I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have always loved taking pictures from the time I was about eight years old when my parents gave me my dad's old 35mm Olympus point and shoot camera that used flash cubes for photos in low light conditions. Since then, I had a love of photography. I spent a lot of my allowance on film and developing.
These days, I have a couple of digital cameras, still favouring my SLR for most situations. If I had the money, I would love to buy some decent equipment as the equipment I use now is very inexpensive (comparatively). I put most of my focus into the composition of my photographs as this, to me, is one of the most important aspects of photography. Many things can be modified through use of computer software, but how you see things and what you photograph cannot.
I take photos of many different subjects including portraits and such but my real interest is in Nature. Anything in a natural environment. I many times end up photographing the small things that most people don't even notice such as lichens and fungi. I also many times will see a 'face' or other interesting form within something natural such as trees, roots, and leaves and like to emphasize that feature to help others see what I see.
At this time, I live in North Bay, Ontario, Canada which has a lot of Nature for me to photograph. I would love to make a living with my photography but have not (at this point in time) sold a single thing. I usually give my photos to people as gifts and have been making calendars every year as Christmas presents for my friends an family.
The past few years have been particularly tough, as I've separated from my wife of 14 years, which is so hard as I do not see my beautiful and smart daughters nearly as much as I need to. I have also lost my granddad, who had become quite an artist himself, and an inspiration to me as I developed my passion for photography. These events have also made my depression and anxiety disorders a lot harder to deal with. Photography has been a great way for me to maintain my sanity, especially as I really can no longer have my motorcycle (my other passion and stress reliever).
Thanks for reading!
Andrew Miles joined Pixels on October 2nd, 2013.