My first camera was a 21st birthday present from my father. A Pentax MX. Sometimes presents can be things that you don't really like or want but I remember treasuring this. I remember taking some photos of the steep steps in Newcastle leading down to the quayside. At home I made a picture of a floral patterned waste bin in a flowerbed. There was also one of my mum and dad in bed on Christmas morning. It didn't come out quite right as light got into the back of the camera and distorted the colors. That fascinated me. My father was drinking a cup of tea while my mother read from a book by Alison Uttley. My dad was half in and half out of the light.