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Hello Everyone I am Anthony Epes and I am your Member Leader. I have had a camera in my hand since the age of 11, starting with a rather large polaroid monster then working my way down to a SLR, a Canon AE-1 program, the first camera ever to have an auto-mode. At 16 I was given my very own camera, a Pentax K-1000, wish I still had it, but had to sell to upgrade to the very first Canon EOS, which I dropped on the floor while waiting in line at McDonalds (I put the strap on incorrectly); it bounced and looked fine but stopped working, so I cried, and came up with a plan to return it. Can't remember the details but it involved a big lie and a faulty strap. Worked like magic. And that is all I have to say about cameras. They started to look all the same, and weirdly enough, they all behaved exactly the same, meaning there was nothing particularly special about any of them – they always made beautiful images no matter which one was in in my hand! Huh. So cameras become like hammers, and drills and other tools of construction. Some photographers obsess over them. I think that is silly really. And boring. I always have, eventually, fired the assistant who could not stop talking about them, but after awhile I realized I could get him (it was always a him talking about cameras, my female assistants never did, we would just roll ours eyes) to talk to others about cameras so I didn't have to. That worked too. I learned to print like a master (with colour – in B&W I was just expert) by the time I was 30. The colour labs I worked in in Los Angeles were a place of experimental photography for me. I was trying to do stuff that was new and fresh. Emulation was death to me. When working in a lab that is all you saw from the local photographer population. If a job came in that was artistic it stuck out like a flame in an ice cube (?). And I jumped the queue to be the one to print it. After awhile they said "just give it to Tony so there won't be a fuss.." I have a double major from Brooks Institute of Photography in Commercial photography and Colour Theory. I was a great student, when I made the classes. It was a 3 year degree program that I did in 4 while delivering 501,865 Dominos Pizzas 50 hours a week to pay for rent and film and processing…o yes, and food, which was mostly pizza, for free actually, (housemates loved me!) I came to a crossroads while at Brooks – Photography or Music. Boy oy Boy, did I love playing music. I had a band and we gigged a bit, but mostly just drank, smoked and wrote songs. Good times. Thing was, school was costing a lot. So I maturely decided to unsling the guitar and weld the camera to my hand. And here I am today. I perfected my fine art and sold many hundreds of prints to private clients around the world, published several really cool books, and had a fairly successful commercial career. I liked commercial photography but it was not hitting that creative spot with me, so I decided to follow the art path again. Very difficult path it was. But it is my destiny to end up on it again wherever it may take me. Don't even care really. It'll be beautiful. I know it. I am honoured and humbled to have you all here in this little private haven of creative photography. I hope you all find what you need, as you need it, and also understand exactly what it is you need. Let's begin together! Anthony