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Stepping stones


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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Stepping stones

16 Jan 2014 7:11PM   Views : 1186 Unique : 671

As I step away from ePHOTOzine I realise I leave an industry I've been deeply involved in for the last 36 years, either selling, using or writing about the equipment I've grown to love.

My career started in retail where I learned about what photographers looked for when buying. I was in a fortunate position to get my hands on gear before the public. Working in a camera shop that dealt in used gear gave me a knowledge second to none about past and present photography.

To help fund my pastime as an enthusiast photographer I started writing techniques to illustrate the photographs I took and I soon made a change of career into journalism. It's where I've spent the second half of my time in the industry, and it has been the most rewarding.

Thanks to the photo industry I've made many great friends and enjoyed meeting many well known photographers.

I've also been to most countries in the world, stopped in some of the grandest hotels and enjoyed finest cuisine at some of the best restaurants. I've also experienced countless exotic activities, such as tank driving, simulation flying, formula racing, ballooned over the Alps. I've been briefly documenting some of my days here Please note, this isn't me showing off. - I just wanted to throw away the souvenirs/memorabilia I'd accumulated (decluttering) so I scanned and added these items to an online spot to avoid keeping any physical items. There's much more to add over the coming year when I get motivation to continue the project.

As an editor I've been in a privilege position to be able to see equipment at prototype stage, handling working samples months before retail staff and the public saw it. I've used or handled just about every product made. I've offered opinion to help manufacturers improve product and helped thousands (maybe millions) of consumers make sound buying decisions.

And with ePHOTOzine I have not only helped photographers of all levels improve their craft, which is all I intended to do when creating the site, but I've also helped change many peoples lives, from finding new friends to forming relationships, to career changes and life changing experiences. It's a legacy I'm proud to leave behind for the team to continue.

To all those who I've met through ePHOTOzine, I offer a really big thanks for being part of my journey.

To those who've caused me grief , I hold no were just doing / saying what you thought was right.

To all those who've been friendly, helpful, fun...thanks ever so really made everything worthwhile.

What next? To be honest I'm still not decided, but I have plenty of time to make up my mind.


SlowSong Plus
14 10.8k 30 England
16 Jan 2014 8:41PM
You have some great times to look back on, and the knowledge that you've made your mark in the world of photography and have encouraged so many people. You will be missed but hopefully you'll still post a few pics and stay involved at some level.
Niknut Plus
13 3.6k 82 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 5:07PM
Makes my life sound like a non-event ??Grin......enjoy yourself, er, some more !!!!!!!GrinGrin
AnnChown 13 207 1 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 8:56PM
I've just come across this Pete - I certainly miss your presence; it's undefinable but there is now a gap for me. You and ePZ have definitely helped me improve my photography and I am very grateful for that. I have enjoyed many happy days on site and made many friends and will hopefully continue to do so. So, you have achieved some of your aims with this punter. Good luck with your new life and I hope you will be as happy 'retired' as I am!
conrad 18 10.9k 116
24 Feb 2014 2:40PM

Quote:As I step away from ePHOTOzine
The end of an era, Pete. It won't be the same without you. But for you personally it's undoubtedly a healthy move. I hope you're enjoying your early retirement.
TanyaH Plus
20 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 4:46PM
I too have only just seen this ... haven't been active on here for a while, so obviously hadn't caught up on things. All I can say is that you've left a huge pair of boots to fill, and will be sorely missed. Good luck in all you decide to do, or not do Grin
12 Feb 2015 2:25PM
Ive just seen this too, Since joining EPZ my photography has improved a great deal but I have been
motivated to strive to improve thanks to you. At one point I tried to produce images that you took an interest
in hoping you might notice them. Grin

Regarding Sheffield I used to walk through the overgrown cemetery every day on my way to school.
That was in the 60's. and it was overgrown then,

You will be missed sorely but I wish you all the best for the future.
Best Regards

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