It was a slow burn...
My first run-in with photography was taking hold of my mum's Pentax SLR 35mm film camera on bush walks and more or less wasting rolls and rolls of film snapping away, forgetting to advance the film and having next to no concept of exposure settings. The results were to be expected. Our local film lab would hand back neat little envelopes full of my mum's reasonable images and and a few examples of my drivel that very occasionally showed something almost in focus and properly exposed.
I do, however, still have a copy of my first decent photograph. There was a radio tower about 10k's from our house that could be seen from our verandah and during storms it was pretty common for lightning to strike it. So one day, I must have been around ten years old, I was out there during a summer storm trying to snap a shot of a lightning bolt and I went through the whole roll of film (by this stage i'd figured out how to advance it). To my amazement, when the film came back from the lab, there was one shot, basically in focus and well exposed, of the radio tower being hit by lighting! Man was I stoked.
Despite that success I never really got hooked on film photography during my childhood. Instead I spent most of my time playing every sport available in my local area; everything from cricket, soccer, tennis, basketball to surf lifesaving and even snowboarding and rock climbing.
My enduring passion for photography developed towards the end of my journalism degree. I travelled through Europe with an Olympus hybrid digital camera and really loved taking it with me everywhere, documenting my experience. Part way through the trip, in Egypt, I spent time with a couple who were using a Nikon D90 DSLR and they were kind enough to let me take it for a spin. Of course, I loved it! This was what I had been waiting for. I purchased one as soon as I was back home. I finished my degree and travelled some more, continuing to document my adventures through photography .During a break in travelling I made the big decision to go back into study and enrolled in a two year photography and design course. During that time I honed my skills and have been pursuing my photographic career ever since.