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Mike Honour

Member Since 01 Mar 2009
Offline Last Active Oct 17 2010 08:00 AM
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About Me

Mike was born in Aylesbury in the UK. From a very early age he felt frustrated that he didn’t have any talent whatsoever to either draw or paint, although says that he always had strong and sometimes very disturbing images in his head that he just couldn’t capture.

He started to use cameras at a very early age, starting as most of us did then with a Brownie 127, then a Kodak Starmite, getting his first Halina 35mm by the age of about 12 in the early 1960’s. This was initially to the great amusement (and some concern) of his parents and art teacher, for by 1964’ish Mike seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time lurking around in very early morning misty graveyards with his, by then, trusty Zenith B around his neck. His camera of latter choice for many years afterwards was a Mamiya C330.

At the age of 16 Mike left school without any qualifications and became a large format professional, mainly in Industrial, Commercial and advertising photography. He was using cameras ranging from a 1940’s Leica M1, through to a 10×8 Sinar and 15×12 Wooden Gandolfi from the 1920s that was pushed around on wheels, with the shutter being released by a rubber squeeze bulb. Mike was probably one of the last generation of photographers to mix up his developers from raw chemicals with a mortar and pestle very Monday morning, with just enough to last a week. He quit after 20 years feeling jaded and bored….then went to University for 5 years…. then worked in Criminal Justice for another 20 years, only taking snaps, often on disposable cameras and getting them printed by Truprint; Mike told me this was probably some form of protest as he had certainly not heard at the time that David Hockney was doing the same sort of thing in the USA, cutting and pasting his drugstore snaps into spectacular collages.

When recently asked why he is on www.redbubble.com/people/mikehonour, Mike told me… “In my mid 50’s I discovered digital and became interested again without having to re poison my hands in chemicals from which I still suffer till this day. So now I am back, really back, and I plan to start exhibiting again in 2010. So now I am on Redbubble as a new venture with a few snippets for sale being added bit by bit…...”

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  • Age 64 years old
  • Birthday February 8, 1950
  • Gender
    Male Male
  • Location
    Midlands UK
  • Interests
    Impending retirement.<br />Digital Macro.<br />Blues and comtemporary Folk.<br />Festivals.

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