My first camera

I’ve just been sitting back and marveling at my photographic career so far and how far, it has taken me already. And to think that it all started so organically and completely unintentionally is just amazing. I first took a photograph on the afternoon of October the 20th, 1977 at around about 4.30pm. I had just arrived home at Bronte Beach from highschool in Sydney’s south and it was a pretty warm day, so I was pretty syched to go for a surf and cool off, but was disappointed to see that the waves were less than a half a foot in size. I sat there for a while, daydreaming of what it would be like to shrink down in size and surf these perfect little peelers. It was at that moment that the literal light-bulb turned on in my head and I ran back up to my home to get the crappy old kodak camera out of of the back of the wardrobe and see if I could at least catch this wave 2 dimensionally, if not literally.

My first Camera, A kodak Instamatic 25.

My first Camera, A kodak Instamatic 25.

I grabbed the camera and ran back to the beach. I took my time and waited for a promising looking wave. I kneeled down really low to get the perspective looking believable and squeezed off just one frame. Much later, I realised that when I kneeled down to get that low perspective, I was actually exhibiting a natural talent for composition.

The first photo by Sean Davey

The first photo by Sean Davey

That old plastic camera sat in the back of that wardrobe for probably 4 years before I finally felt the need to use it. If you look at the picture, you can actually see on the lower left where some light leaked into the camera over time. That supports the camera being unused for a long time. I found a grainy old image of myself as a teen, using THE camera and after researching it a bit, I realised that mine was a pretty rare model, only made in Argentina, Brazil and Australia, where I lived. It was the Kodak Instamatic 25, made between 1966 and 1971.

Sean Davey at 16 yoa

Sean Davey at 16 yoa

I would acquired it in the very early 70’s where upon it sat in the wardrobe for a few years before I finally picked it up as at 16 years of age. The humble old Kodak Instamatic, source of inspiration for Instagram.

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I typically add new images to my instagram profile every day, sometimes a few. Thank you Kodak for being there when the moment arrived for me to take my first photo. Here I am now, some 37 years later marveling at how it all started so organically and in the moment. I look back on it all now and so much of my life has been very much in the moment. That’s kind of how it is when you are a traveling photographer. Every day is different. Some are good, some are bad but it’s always interesting when you are on the road. You always learn from traveling and seeing other places. It’s nourishment to the soul I can remember a very good friend of mine called Carl from when I was barely 20 and he said to me “Sean, the best thing one can do is get out and see the world. There’s nothing like seeing and experiencing other cultures.” He was of course so correct. Take my advice. If you’re young and the road is open right now, take the opportunity and go visit that place that you’ve always wanted to go in some far away land. Just do it and you’ll be so stoked for the experience. I did and have never really stopped. :D

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