My name is Rob Howard and I am, on occasion, a hobbyist photographer.
I’ve been taking photographs for about as long as I remember. I don’t exactly recall when it was that my dad handed me down his old point-and-shoot 35mm film camera. I remember using it on holidays when I was I don’t know how old, but probably in the single digits. I can’t even remember what the pictures were like or what they were of (well, they were of Dorset, we holidayed there frequently when I was younger, and indeed I still do today), but I enjoyed taking them. On a related front, I should probably try getting my parents to dig those photos from wherever they have them; it’ll be interesting to have a look. And as a warning, I do tend to go on tangents from time to time. My love of photographing waned as digital began to come in and stopped using my film camera, but picked up a bit when I bought a cheap digital Canon. It was a pokey little thing with minimal settings and no optical zoom, but I managed to get some good photos with it. But, much like the previous camera, I would only use it occasionally, such as holidays or other days out. My enjoyment of photography perked up a little more when I was the lucky recipient of a digital SLR one Xmas a few years ago. Although my creativity and interest in photography was improved I still only used it occasionally.
That all changed in January 2011 when I started this blog. The drive to post and take pictures has seen me out taking photos most weekends, and even taking special journeys to places just for photography. If you’re interested in my progression as a writer and photographer on this site, the Housekeeping tag will probably give you an idea.
The majority of the posts on this blog are the results of my trips out with my camera. Most of the time I stumble into photo-taking opportunities whilst out somewhere (I long ago learnt the lesson to never go anywhere without a camera). I am trying to learn new things, experimenting a little by myself, and occasionally attempting to emulate work by other photographers I’ve found either via blogs or Flickr. Many of the posts here chart my intentions and results as I play about with this hobby.
This blog isn’t all about photography, however. Creative Splurges is a blog intended for any of my creativity, so alongside photos you will, on occasion, find posts containing creative writing, videography, and even drawings. I’ll be honest – it’s mainly photography, but don’t be surprised if I, for instance, dig out a comic I drew in the early 90s and share it with you. Feel free to browse around the categories and take a look, and if you like what you see, please subscribe or ‘like’ this blog on Facebook. I also strongly encourage you to post comments, it means a lot that you are offering critique on the photos, even if it’s just a quick ‘cool story, bro’.
On a personal note I live in Haywards Heath, UK, with my wife and four cats, although I spent the formative eight years of this site living in Twickenham so you’ll find the majority of the content is from that neck of the woods – for now.
Finally, a quick note on using my photographs. Most of the photos here are protected by Creative Commons licensing. The exact license is noted in the sidebar. So if you want to use one of my photos, please credit me with a link back here, and it would be greatly appreciated if you could drop me a line and let me know about it, and I love to see my photography being used and, above all, looked at. That’s what the photos are for, after all. Most of the photos are shrunk down to go on this site, so if you want to use a higher res version, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org letting me know what you want to use it for. Please see the legal information page for more information.
Cheers, and thank you for checking out this site.