I love to take photographs, especially of people and lifestyles. I am not a good landscape photographer. I like getting up close and personal and capturing the personalities of the people I photograph.
When I first started traveling in 1978 I used a tiny disposable 110 camera that was a bit bigger than a lipstick container and had minuscule negatives. Once I really got the photos bug I moved up to a Pentax K1000 which I loved and used for about 25 years. It was heavy but sturdy and solid. And it could take a beating and still produce great photos. I shot slides and those were the days when I would have to wait until I got home from my travels, months later, in order to get the film processed so I could see what diamonds I had captured. It was always a time of great suspense. As I was learning all the time, and am horrible with technical things, sometimes I would choose the wrong film or lighting and some of the photos turned out a disaster, other times everything worked and I was spot on. Photography was always an adventure. But, it was hit and miss for me as I wasn’t sure of what I was doing, and I went through tons of film and a lot of money. Now I use my iPhone 8plus and a small digital Samsung camera so the same thrill of the wait is not there, but I still love the pursuit of a good photo. I am not as bold as I used to be and hope to change that, but still, always be respectful of the people and cultures I am photographing. Here are some photos of my past trips. With the world awaiting, I can’t wait to see what I can capture next. Check out more of my photos on Instagram at riasworld58