Lawrence Whitlock
Images In Time
About photography and me
 
 
Growing up in upstate New York I was first exposed to personal photography in the 1950's when I received a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Kit which included both the camera and flash attachment all in a nice box.  I made a point of taking pictures every where much to the dismay of family and friends.  Believe it or not I still have those old black and whites.

As the 1950's transitioned into the 1960's I was drawn to a new type of photography.  My grandfather purchased a Polaroid Land Camera Model 150 complete with accessories and a deluxe leather carrying case.  I was captivated and borrowed it every chance I got.  I loved the idea of "instant pictures" and I just knew that this was the future of photography.  I even put it to good use by taking a number of pictures that ended up in my high school yearbook.  I was the guy with the camera.  I even did a high school science fair presentation on Polaroid color film.  It was first introduced in Florida and I had some family friends there send some of the color film to me.  The future was here.

After I graduated from high school and went on to college, photography took a serious back seat.  As I moved from the 1960's into the 1970's I started my career and did a short stint in the Army.  During this time my picture taking was rare and done with a simple Polaroid camera.  The camera was definitely not as grand as the camera my grandfather had. 

Early in the 1970's a co-worker loaned me a 35mm SLR to try out.  At first I was intimidated but soon I was hooked.  It was not long until I had my own 35mm SLR with extra lenses.  I took pictures of everything from museums to auto shows, from trips to family holidays, from shopping malls to everything.  The camera was with me every time I traveled.

For over 30 years my 35mm SLR had never let me down and continued to take great pictures.  But with the advent of the 21st century, it was time for me to move into the digital age.  I did make that move with a DSLR cameras complete with accessories.  

There was a time when I thought instant pictures would be the future of photography.  I just never envisioned that they would be what they are today. 
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