'The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera'

Dorothea Lange

Many people get to see through their children's innocent eyes the wonder of the world for a few years, I have been lucky enough to have that experience for longer.

My younger son, born in 2001, sees the world as a sensory garden with none of the preconceptions we have and the reactions from him are just purely natural. He has had challenges since he was born and he now has a long list of conditions. He loves to be outside, being in fields, by water, on hills, in woods .... I started noticing what he was looking at and having a mobile phone with me I could take photos. For the first year of his life I took photos on a DSLR to document the first year. I didn't realising how his life would turn out.


Taking the camera out became a habit when I was with the children. I went out on my own with the camera for my own relaxation when they were at school.

Now I always have at least one camera with me. Friends and family encouraged the growth of my photography. As well as my digital mirrorless camera, I took over my dad's 35mm SLR, purchased a medium format film camera off ebay, bought a friend's compact camera ideal for travel and got an instant camera for pure fun!

I'm thoroughly enjoying my photography, on spare weekends I disappear to different parts of the UK.

KJ Matthews